Washington County
Administrative Building
116 Adams St.
PO Box 1007
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252-793-5823
Fax: 252-793-1183
Email: jbennett@washconc.org

Center for Human Services
Location / Hours of Operation

209 East Main Street
Plymouth, NC 27962
(252) 793-4041
FAX: (252) 793-3195
Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

DSS Director
Clifton Hardison
Email: cliftonh@wcchs.org
Administrative Officer
Rita Spruill
Email: ritas@wcchs.org
Adult Services Supervisor
Francine Hines
Email: francineh@wcchs.org
Child Support Supervisor
Lynn Swett
Email: lynns@wcchs.org
Family Support Services Supervisor
Zina Rhodes
Email: zinar@wcchs.org
Income Maintenance Supervisor
Caroline Gurganus
Email: carolineg@wcchs.org
Medicaid Services Supervisor
Tammy Mixon
Email: tammym@wcchs.org
Senior Center Director
Vanessa Joyner
Email: vanessaj@wcchs.org
Children Services Supervisor
Luenetta Lewis
Email: luenettal@wcchs.org
NC Department of Health and Human Services has not activated a disaster Food and Nutrition Services Program as of this date for Washington County. If you currently are a recipient of Food Stamp benefits, you may be eligible for replacement benefits. This will require you to contact your worker. If you are not currently a recipient of benefits, you can apply for assistance in the agency or online at www.epass.nc.gov for regular ongoing Food and Nutrition benefits. All requirements regarding eligibility will apply.
Mission Statement
The mission of the Washington County Center for Human Services is to create and sustain a public agency which is valued by the community, respects the dignity and worth of every person, and is accountable for the eficient and effective management of the public's funds. To that end the center will:
  • Protect children and adults with services that ensure their safety and well-being;
  • Provide job-related services that lead to employment;
  • Make available social and economic support services that provide short-term or temporary support for families until opportunities arise for self-sufficiency;
  • Provide access to health-related services for at-risk children and adults; and
  • Maintain information concerning persons who receive services from the center in a professional and confidential manner.
Department of Social Services
The Washington County Department of Social Services is a county-administered public agency that provides a wide variety of social work services and administers health access and economic support programs that are required through state and federal laws. The agency provides the citizens of Washington County with resources and services to maximize their well being. A primary focus of the agency is to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and adults. Additional information about the programs and services offered through the department of social services can be found at the links provided below.

The Washington County Board of Social Services is composed of five members. The Washington County Board of Commissioners appoints two members and the NC Social Services Commission appoints two members. Those four members elect the fifth member. Board members must be county residents and are appointed from different areas of the county. They also must be motivated by a sincere and demonstrated concern for the well-being of the citizens of the county. Members of the board of social services may serve two consecutive three-year terms of appointment. A county commissioner may serve on the board of social services and may serve continuously as long as he or she continues to serve as a county commissioner. The duties and responsibilities of the board of social services are specified in state law and described in NC General Statute 108A, Article One.

Members of the Washington County Board of Social Services are:
  • Gordon Davenport, Chairman
  • Julius Walker, Jr., Vice Chairman
  • Phyllis Cahoon
  • Julie Phelps
  • Melinda Porter
For additional information about the agency and the programs and services that are provided, please use the contact information above.
"Transporting for Brighter Futures"
As a community transportation program, Riverlight Transit serves all residents of Washington County. It was created in 1997 from existing transportation programs operated by various public agencies and private non-profit organizations in Washington County.

Riverlight Transit provides curb to curb transportation services directly from a person's home to his or her destination. Transportation services are also provided for persons who have disabilities.

Riverlight Transit has eight vehicles in its fleet. The system has four light-transit vehicles (one of which is lift-equipped), two twelve-passenger standard vehicles, one mini-van and one standard lift-equipped vehicles.

Riverlight Transit operates five vehicles, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM. The system provides medical, nutrition, recreation, shopping, educational, human service and general public transportation services.

Anyone may ride on a Riverlight Transit vehicle. Both in-county and out-of-county transportation services are available. Some in-county and out-of-county destinations include:
  • Plymouth
  • Roper
  • Creswell
  • Williamston
  • Edenton
  • Elizabeth City
  • Greenville
  • Washington
  • Chapel Hill
  • Durham and other regional destinations.
For additional information about routes, schedules and services or to schedule a trip, contact Shonita Gibson, Transportation Coordinator, at (252) 793-4041, extension 255 or by email at ShonitaG@wcchs.org.

Hearing impaired, deaf and speech impaired persons who need transportation services may contact Riverlight Transit by calling 1-800-735-2962 TDD/TTY.

The Washington County Transportation Advisory Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of January, April, July and October at 11:00 AM at the Washington County Center for Human Services located at 209 East Main Street in Plymouth, N.C.

Riverlight Transit does not discriminate against persons with disabilities in connection with the provision of transportation services. Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and 49 CFR Parts 37 and 38 specify requirements for vehicle and facility accessibility and the provision of the transportation services. This agency does not discriminate in the provision of service to any individual based on race, creed, color, sex, age, or national origin. All persons will be treated equally with respect and dignity. This agency is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in the employment of persons because of race, creed, color, sex, age, or national origin.

Riverlight Transit welcomes feedback. Please contact Clifton Hardison, Director of Social Services, at (252) 793-4041, by email at cliftonh@wcchs.org or by writing PO Box 10, Plymouth, NC 27962 with questions or comments.

Additional information about transportation services can be found at the NC Department of Transportation, Public Transportation Division, website provided in links below.
Senior Center
The Washington County Senior Center offers activities to help seniors lead active lifestyles through physical fitness, social and educational activities, recreation, travel and other programs. The center is a wonderful place to meet friends and enjoy fellowship with other. There is no membership fee required to attend the senior center. The only costs are for classes, trips or other activities.
Location/Contacts/Hours of Operation
198 NC Highway 45 North
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: (252) 793-3816
Monday -Friday  8 AM - 4 PM
(except holidays and inclement weather)
Senior Center Staff
  • Vanessa Joyner, Senior Center Director
  • Elizabeth Renee Collier, Office Assistant
  • Janaye Clark, Nutrition Site Manager
  • Winifred Jett, Craft Instructor
  • Allan Loan, Yoga Instructor
  • Denise Davis, Fitness Instructor
The Washington County Senior Center operates under the guidance of an advisory board composed of nine county representatives. Members of the advisory board are appointed by the Washington County Board of Commissioners for a two-year term of appointment.

Members of the Washington County Senior Center Advisory Board are:
  • Linda Sermons, Chairman
  • Pennie Gregory
  • Jeanette Papineau
  • Florence Woodley
  • Sadie White
The senior center currently offers the following programs and activities:

Health & Wellness Program

The center offers a variety of programs designed to help older adults remain healthy as well as to develop and maintain strength, balance and agility. From the use of exercise equipment to fitness classes to line dancing, there are health and fitness opportunities catered specifically to this age group.

Educational Programs
Seniors can broaden their horizons through continuing education classes on a variety of subjects. The center has its own crafts room and library with paperback books and newspapers. Also, clubs and other organizations use the facility for meetings and other functions.

Socializing and Recreation
Recreational programs include field trips, shuffleboard, card and board games, bingo, TV, movies, the Senior Choir, dances and picnics. These programs are just some of the opportunities offered to seniors.

Special Services
Aid with tax filing by AARP tax counselors and Medicare and health insurance counseling by SHIIP volunteers are available to help seniors manage complicated issues that affect them.

Congregate and Home Delivered Meals
Congregate nutrition is a service where a meal (typically lunch), offering one-third of the recommended daily dietary allowance, is provided at the senior center. Home delivered meals provide one-third of the recommended daily dietary allowance to a home bound older adult.

Riverlight Transit offers transportation to seniors who want to participate in the programs, services and activities offered at the senior center. Please contact any center staff member about the transportation services that are available.
Do you want to be part of a fun group and do something good at the same time? Volunteer are needed to assist with activities at the center and to help deliver meals to homebound seniors who participate in the Home-Delivered Meals Program. Please contact a center staff person to learn more about volunteering. You can make a difference!
Carefivers Support Group
Meet the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Senior Center
JobLink Career Center
Are you looking for a job? The Washington County JobLink Career Center offers a variety of employment and training services that can lead to a new or better job. At the Washington County JobLink Career Center, workforce development professionals from diverse partner agencies work together under one roof to provide services such as:
  • Free computer and internet access
  • Resume preparation
  • Information on the job market
  • Help with job searches
  • Career guidance
  • Information on training and education
  • Access to training classes, workshops, and resources for training
  • Unemployment insurance claims
  • Veterans’ services, and more!
Do you need help with finding workforce services for your business? Whether your business is running a restaurant, assembling computers or performing clinical drug trials, a motivated and capable workforce is essential to your success. North Carolina’s productive, knowledge-driven workforce provides companies an edge in today’s global economy.

North Carolina offers a variety of workforce services to the business community at both the state and local levels. The Washington County Joblink Career Center can link you to resources and information that can help you find, train and retain qualified employees.

Your business may qualify for tax credits when you hire certain workers. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit are federal tax credits that encourage employers to hire targeted groups of job seekers by reducing employer paid federal income taxes. To participate, employers must complete IRS Form 8850 and ETA Form 9061 or 9062. To get these forms and more information, visit the IRS website or call (800) 829-1040 or the new FAX-ON-DEMAND number at (877) 828-2050.
In North Carolina, Child Support Services are available to anyone who wants or needs help in collecting child support. The program offers assistance in the following areas:
  • Location of non-custodial parents – Child Support searches to find where the non-custodial parent lives and/or works.
  • Paternity establishment for children born outside of marriage – Child Support establishes the legal father of the child.
  • Establishment of support obligations – Child Support establishes a court order for the non-custodial parent to provide support for his/her child(ren).
  • Collection and distribution of support – Child Support keeps records of court-ordered child support payments processed by the NC Child Support Centralized Collections operation and tracks the distribution and disbursement of those payments.
  • Enforcement of support obligations – Child Support uses as many enforcement remedies as necessary to ensure the non-custodial parent's compliance with the court-ordered support.
Individuals who receive services through the Work First Program, Medicaid, or the Foster Care Services for Children Program are eligible and they are automatically referred for Child Support Services free of charge. Persons who do not participate in those programs may inquire about Child Support Services by telephone and receive an application and supplemental data sheet to complete. A twenty-five dollar ($25) non-refundable application fee may be required.

Child Support Services is not authorized to help with some issues that might seem similar to child support such as custody, visitation, or property settlements. Private attorneys and county Clerks of Superior Court also offer certain support services. To learn more about what assistance is available, you may contact these offices individually.

Child Support Services are provided to residents of Washington, Tyrrell and Hyde Counties through the Washington County Center for Human Services. For additional information about the program, contact Lynn Swett, Regional Child Support Supervisor, at (252) 793-4041, extension 208 or by email at LynnS@wcchs.org.
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