Simple Solution Career and Support Center
All of Bedford County’s VIEW participants are eligible to receive supportive services from Simple Solution. Simple Solution is a private non-profit contracted by Bedford County Department of Social Services to provide job readiness training and support. Simple Solution works with participants to build skills needed to obtain and keep employment. The center uses the “Bridges Out of Poverty” philosophy and uses the “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World” curriculum.
The mission of Simple Solution is to provide career resources and services to prepare a workforce that is informed, capable and ready for work. Job seeker assistance at the center is free and open to the public. Simple Solution is an inclusive "one-stop" center that can assist the individual in conducting a successful job search and provide guidance and support in all areas of your career advancement. Job search seminars are conducted on a regular basis. They are free and open to the public, however, registration is required. Transportation is provided and is free.
The Simple Solution Career and Support Center has all the tools you need to help in your job search. Services that are available include:
- Internet ready computer
- Resume software and services
- Cover letters and job searches
- Fax, phones, and copier
- Resource library
- TV/VCR, educational video
- Newspapers and magazines
- Experienced career counselors
- Skill assessment
- Local employment information
- Access to employer websites
- Tools to help you apply online and access your own e-mail account
The Simple Solution Career and Support Center also provides training to help participants advance in their journey to improved employment:
- Skill Assessment
- Understanding Attire/Dress
- Mock Interviews
- Money Management/Budgeting
- Help understanding and repairing your credit report
- Proper Nutrition
Transportation to and from class is provided.
204 East Main Street
Bedford, VA 24523
Office hours are 9-4 M-F
Class: Monday-Friday 9-1
Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW)
Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW) provides employment education, training and support services to qualified Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients.
VIEW, Virginia's welfare reform program, is designed to encourage self-sufficiency through a "work first" philosophy. VIEW offers recipients the opportunity to work and continue to receive some TANF benefits and supportive services. VIEW also encourages personal responsibility. In addition to employment, other VIEW work activities can include on-the-job training or community work experience for at least the minimum federally required hours per week. VIEW participants can also participate in optional transitional services such as child care.
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) provides temporary financial assistance to eligible families.
A monthly cash payment is distributed to eligible families to meet their basic needs. The program is based upon the principles of personal responsibility, time-limited assistance, and work in exchange for benefits. TANF is the cash assistance component of the Virginia Independence Program (VIP) that helps families work toward their goal of total independence.
- When you first get protection, it's only temporary. The order is called a PPO. You must return to court on the date indicated in the PPO, usually about 15 days, so the judge can determine if a full Protective Order is necessary. Both you and the abuser will be asked to appear in court on that date. During the 15-day period, the police will serve the abuser with a copy of the order, so the abuser will know when the hearing is scheduled.
- To get a protective order, the abused person will file a petition in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Division. Each county has its own filing procedure.
A restraining order can do the following:
- The court can order the abuser not to have any contact with you, in person or by phone, at home, work or almost anywhere you ask the court to put in the order. The order against contact may also protect other people in your family.
- The court can order the abuser to leave the house or apartment that you and the abuser share, even if it is the abuser’s home.
- Grant you custody of your minor children.
- Order the abuser to pay child support and support you.
- Order the abuser to pay for costs that resulted from the abuse; for example, household bills that are due right away, medical/dental treatment, moving expenses, loss of earnings
- Order the abuser to pay attorney’s fees, and can make the abuser pay damages to you or other people who helped you or got hurt by the abuser
- Order the abuser to receive professional domestic violence counseling, or tell the abuser to go get evaluated or go to AA or NA
1. Emergency Protective Order (EPO): Expires at the end of the third day following issuance or the next day court
is in session, whichever is later)
2. Preliminary Protective Order (PPO): Lasts up to 15 days or until a full hearing.
3. Final Protective Order: Can last up to two (2) years.