Department of Social Services
Cooling Assistance — Helps with cooling emergencies resulting from extreme heat
The Prince William County Department of Social Services is accepting applications June 16, 2014 through August 15, 2014 for the Cooling Assistance Program.
This program assists low-income County residents with the purchase or repair of cooling equipment and/or payment for electricity to operate cooling equipment. To qualify for Cooling Assistance certain income criteria must be met and there must be an elderly person (60 or over), disabled person or a child under 6 living in the home.
The last date to submit an application is Monday, August 15, 2014 at 5pm.
Applications may be obtained at either of the Department of Social Services Offices (A. J. Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge or Sudley North Government Center Building in Manassas) or customers may apply online at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov.
For more information about the program, please call (703) 792-5673 or (703) 792-4191.
Recipient of the Soroptimist Ruby Award:
Ellen Chang – Recipient of the Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women. Ellen was honored on May 30, 2014, by the Soroptimist International of Manassas for making extraordinary differences to improve the lives of women and girls and inspiring and encouraging other women. Ellen also received the Ruby Award for the Northern Virginia Region.
The Department of Social Services mission is to enhance the quality of life in Prince William County by affording individuals and families the support, protection and safety necessary to enable them to build self-reliant lives.
The Department of Social Services employs many dedicated professionals with credentials in social work, counseling, employment/career planning, criminal justice and information technology. The Department provides County residents with a range of services, financial assistance and residential programs for youth. The Department also provides County citizens with federally mandated programs including Child and Adult Protective Services, SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. Janine Sewell is the Director of Social Services and can be reached at 703-792-7500.
Meyer, our Facility Dog
Meet our newest employee Meyer the Facility Dog and his handler Sarah Weatherford! We are proud to be the first local Social Services office to have a facility dog. Meyer will help children and adults deal with the trauma of abuse.
Watch a video of him with some local children.