DSS holds employer appreciation lunch

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

The Vance County Department of Social Services, along with the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, held its second annual employer appreciation luncheon May 30 at First Presbyterian Church.

Attendees included recent Steps to Self Sufficiency graduates, Work First social workers, employers of the Work First participants and other community agencies that offer community support, including Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start, Infinite Possibilities, Lifeline Outreach Ministries, the Granville-Vance Health Department, Granville County Schools and Soul Delicious Rae-Mac Transportation.

Connie Ragland, the Work First coordinator with the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, gave the welcoming.

Cassandra Hart, Work First supervisor, presented the history of the Steps to Self Sufficiency class and statistics related to the class. The program helps Work First and child support clients enhance their employability. Topics include interviewing, resume preparation, appropriate dress and searching for jobs.

John Barnes, president of the Henderson-Vance chamber, Teresa Ellis of the human resources department at Vance-Granville Community College, and William Johnson, manager of N.C. Workforce Solutions, gave brief comments on their partnerships with the Steps program.

Bob Campbell, former Work First coordinator, gave testimony to the program, as did Antonia Pedroza, the director of the Vance County Department of Social Services.

The meal was catered by Skipper Forsythe’s Bar-B-Q.

For more information about the Steps program or to find out how to employ graduates, contact Ragland at (252) 438-8414 or Alston at (252) 438-6129, ext. 224.