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The Wythe County Department of Social Service's mission is to provide benefits and services to the citizens of Wythe County in programs established by local, state, and federal laws and policies. The Board, comprised of five individuals representing Wythe County localities, governs the Department of Social Services.

Our Vision is to be the leader in providing exceptional and innovative social services.

In collaboration with individuals, families and the community, our mission is to provide advocacy and excellent services that encourage self-sufficiency; preserve and restore families; and protect the well-being of children, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Our actions are guided by:
  • Commitment to the highest standard of service
  • Respect and trust for customers and colleagues
  • Empathy for others
  • Innovation in the provision of services
  • Ethics, integrity and accountability in all we say and do
We believe diversity enriches our lives; that each person has the right to live and work in a safe and healthy environment, and that all people have the ability to achieve their full potential.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Lewis Lafon, Director

290 S. 6th Street, Suite 200

Wytheville, VA  24382

Phone: (276) 228-5493
Fax: (276) 228-0705 or (276) 228-9272
Walk-in Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone Service Hours:  8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

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