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.