Wilkes County Department of Social Services
Address: 304 College Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Description of Services: The mission of the Wilkes County Department of Social Services is to serve the citizens of Wilkes County with professionalism and compassion to promote the quality of life in our community.
Service Area: Wilkes County
Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission (BROC)
Phone: (336) 667-7174
Address: 711 Veterans Drive, N. Wilkesboro, NC
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Description of Services:
This program is designed to assist low-income families, elderly and dislocated workers living below the current federal poverty guidelines in emergency situations by providing emergency financial assistance.
Services include rental assistance to avoid eviction, utility assistance to avoid disconnection, heating fuel in the winter months, and crisis food assistance.
The Agency also provides prescription assistance through the United Way of Wilkes County. Clients covered by Medicaid are not eligible for prescription assistance.
The community-wide Needs Assessment helps community services workers determine a family’s needs, goals, and eligibility for services.
Eligibility for all programs is based upon the current US Health and Human Services Division of Social Services, Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Family Self-Sufficiency Program:
The Family Self-Sufficiency project is a comprehensive program that supports individuals and families to alleviate barriers, utilize available resources, and to promote economic independence. Clients must have the desire to succeed, be willing and able to work, and commit to program guidelines.
Service Area: Wilkes County
Blue Ridge First in Families
Contact Person: Sherry Wilcox- Chapter Director
Phone: (336) 955-7140
Address: 406B West Main St. Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Description of Services: Blue Ridge First in Families is a community-based program offered by First In Families NC. They serve individuals with developmental disabilities and/or traumatic brain injuries.
Ages served: All ages
Fees/ Payment Type Accepted: Services are free
Eligibility: Services are referral based. Families must complete an application and have an annual income of less than $65,000 a year after taxes and they only offer assistance one time per year.
Service Area: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery Watauga and Wilkes County
NC Innovations Waiver
Vaya Health LME/MCO North Carolina Innovations Waiver (Medicaid) Services IDD/MH/SA:
24 Hour Service Line: 1-800-849-6127
Vaya Health Office:
Phone: (828) 586-5501
Fax: (828) 586-3965
Address: 200 Ridgefield Ct., Suite 206
Asheville, NC 28801
Description of Services: The North Carolina Innovations Waiver is a resource for funding services and supports for people with intellectual and other related disabilities that are at risk for institutional care in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (IF-IID).
Ages Served: All ages
Fees/ Payment Type Accepted: There is no fee for this waiver.
Eligibility: To be part of North Carolina's Innovations Waiver, you must:
Service Area: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey County
Website: http://www2.ncdhhs.gov/ncinnovations/ or http://vayahealth.com/
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Supplemental Nutrition Program
Breastfeeding Support Services: (828) 964-0171
Phone: (336) 651-7451
Address: Wilkes County Health Department
306 College Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Description of Services: WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides supplemental foods and nutrition education. The purpose of the WIC program is to prevent and improve nutrition-related health problems in its target population.
Ages Served: Birth to age 5 and pregnant women
Fees/ Payment Type Accepted: This is a free service to those who qualify.
Eligibility: WIC is designed to serve certain categories of women, infants, and children.
Children: Up to the child's 5th birthday
Applicants must also live in the state that they apply and must have income at or below an income level or standard set by the State agency or be determined automatically income-eligible based on participation in certain programs. Applicants must also be seen by a health professional such as a physician, nurse, or nutritionist who must determine whether the individual is at nutrition risk.
Local Website: http://www.apphealth.com/wic-nutrition/