Social Work Services


School Social Workers are school employees who provide social work services in every school in Chesterfield County. School Social Workers are state certified and have expertise in social work and education. As a part of a multidisciplinary team of staff, teachers and parents, they assist and encourage the development of each student’s capabilities. School Social Workers identify and intervene in problems that interfere with a student’s education. They are trained to deal with difficulties such as developmental and learning disabilities; parenting education; family and marital stress; school age pregnancy; absenteeism; substance abuse; crisis management and suicide prevention. The coordination of resources between home, school, and community is a unique service provided by School Social Workers. Resources that School Social Workers frequently connect individuals with are: parenting classes; mental health services; resources for food and clothing; tutorial services and other educational support.

Your School Social Worker provides information on food, clothing and tutorial services.


School Social Workers are hired by school districts to enhance their ability to meet academic missions. They are on the frontlines of addressing barriers to learning.

School Social Workers address a variety of issues that impact a student’s ability to learn and are vital in helping parents navigate the education system and access community resources. Some things school social workers do on a daily basis, include:

  • Conduct sociological assessments for students suspected of having an educational disability

  • Assist school teams in reviewing individual student needs

  • Consult with school staff on effective social-emotional strategies

  • Address barriers to the child, home, school, and community that interfere with school access, including chronic absenteeism

  • Crisis intervention and prevention

  • Assess student needs through observation, home visits, interviews and assessments

  • Referrals to community agencies for students and families

  • Consult collaborate, and case-manage with community organizations and professionals

  • Individual and group social-emotional support services

© Virginia Association of School Social Work, adapted

Virginia Department of Education provides information about special education and other academic programming.

Find your social worker

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or the 24/7 Crisis Line at 804-748-6356 (Chesterfield)

The McKinney-Vento Act was created to support school access, school stability and academic success for students residing in transitional living situations


When students and/or families find themselves in a place of transition or in temporary housing situations it is often during these times that academic barriers are encountered. Registration, enrollment, transportation and accessing school supplies and/or school sponsored programs may be difficult. If you believe your family is eligible for McKinney-Vento services, contact your school registrar or social worker for an application!


Under the McKinney-Vento Act, certain living arrangements are considered to be “homeless” that may not typically be recognized as homeless situations. In determining eligibility, the term “homeless children and youth” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. As described in the McKinney-Vento Act, this includes:

  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason.
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to a lack of alternative adequate housing.
  • Living in an emergency or transitional shelter.
  • Living in a car, park or public place not meant for habitation.
  • A child or youth not living in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian due to incarceration or death of parent or because the youth has run away.


Under the McKinney-Vento Act there are specific rights that a student has which includes the right to:

  • Enroll in school immediately, even if you do not have all of the required documents.
  • Attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
  • Enroll in the local school or continue attending the school of origin (the school attended when permanently housed or the school in which the student was last enrolled).

If the school district believes that the school selected is not in the best interest of the student then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal it’s decision.

  • Transportation to and from the school of origin if requested.
  • Educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the students needs.
  • Free school breakfast and lunch and school fee waivers.

Community Resources

A list of community-based counseling agencies in our area is available by contacting your school social worker.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or the 24/7 Crisis Line at 804-748-6356 (Chesterfield).

*This is not an exhaustive list and is not intended to be a referral to or recommendation of any specific service provider. Parents should check with insurance providers to confirm coverage availability and research providers independently.

The Search for Child Care web tool provides facility information and inspection reports for licensed and religiously exempt child care centers, licensed and voluntarily registered family day homes and certified pre-schools. If you would like assistance in finding child care, contact Child Care Aware of Virginia at 866-543-7852.

Financial Assistance

You may be eligible for assistance for the cost of child care through the Virginia Dept. of Social Services.

You can apply online or screen for eligibility. You can also pick up an application at Chesterfield DSS.

Smart Beginnings

If you are having trouble paying for child care in Richmond City, Chesterfield or Henrico for your 3 or 4 year old, we can help. Support from Smart Beginnings may be available for you! 3 & 4 year-olds enrolled in select child care centers may be eligible for payment support. Email David Williams for more information.

After School Programs Search Tool

Many CCPS schools have clothing closets to assist students and families. School Social Workers are also able to make a referral to Mercy Mall on your behalf.

Area clothing access:

The CCHASM Career Clothes Closet is ava
Intake Line – 796-2749,  

Celebration Church – Love of Jesus Thrift Store
5503 Midlothian Turnpike,
230-4144, 737-9493

New Life Thrift Store
2501 Turner Rd.,

CHKD Thrift Stores
91 S. Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA
(804) 437-KIDS
8032 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA

Regenesis Thrift
11700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester, VA 23831

Kid To Kid
Consignment chain with a range of used apparel, shoes, gear & toys for babies & children 
4537 Commonwealth Centre Pkwy, Midlothian, VA 23112

Catholic Charities Baby Clothes Closet
Diapers & clothes in sizes newborn to 3T; can be picked-up 3 times per year. Open on Tuesday & Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Call 285-5900.

Webber Memorial Baptist Church
7800 Salem Church Road Richmond, VA 23237 (804) 271-4018 
Clothing for N. Chesterfield residents only. Walk-ins are welcome 
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 .am.
Appts for Food Pantry, contact Denise Jordan at 804-796-2749 

Caring Clothes Closet
Confidential, free clothing resource for those that are in crisis and need help. Shopping is available by appointment only 
Please contact us at (804) 360-7779 or email us at cccrva.info@gmail.com to schedule an appointment

Redeemer Lutheran 
2nd Saturday of every month 
9400 Redbridge Rd

Interested in receiving information about current employment opportunities and employment-related workshops? Sign up for Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Social Services – Employment Services, Job Leads Distribution List to receive weekly emails and/or text messages.

VA Ready Virginians who want to gain the required skills for in-demand jobs in high-growth sectors. VA Ready provides incentives for motivated Virginians who have experienced some form of employment disruption to reskill for in-demand jobs in high-growth sectors.

  • VA Career Works Workforce Centers: Chesterfield—804-652-3490. 304 Turner Rd, N. Chesterfield. Tuesday, 1-4pm; Thurs. 8:30-noon.
  • Virginia Employment Commission: vec.virginia.gov. 1-866-832-2363.
  • Community College Workforce Alliance: 804-523-2292. www.Ccwatraining.org
  • CARITAS Works: for individuals with major barriers to employment. 604-612-1752.

CHASSM Intake Line 796-2749 Emergency Financial/Food Outreach Program – Call Monday-Thursday between the hours of 9:00 AM -12:00 Noon

Salvation Army Family Services Program – Intake: 225-7470 Assists families and individuals with “basic human needs” including financial assistance to pay heat or heat related bills (electric, gas, oil, propane and water bills if heat related), rent or mortgage assistance, food, household items, and clothing vouchers. Accept calls for assistance beginning Monday mornings at 8:30 until the list is full for the week.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities Financial Assistance by appointment. Call 285-5986 

Chesterfield County/Colonial Heights Social Services:

  • Emergency assistance, applications for financial aid, CPS, APS, day care, housing. Call 748-1100.
  • Energy Assistance (fuel, heating, cooling) Call 804-717-6825 or 855-635-4370.

Chesterfield Food Bank

Be sure to check out the food bank’s website or facebook for any weekly changes that may be made. They frequently post changes and updates on their facebook page.

Monday Distribution Starts @ 5 p.m. 2nd & 4th Monday:

Journey Christian Church
3700 Price Club Blvd.
Midlothian, VA 23112

Friday Distribution Starts @ 4:30 p.m. 1st & 3rd Friday:

12211 Iron Birdge Road
Chester, VA 23831​

SATURDAY Distribution Starts @ 10 a.m. 1st Saturday:

Beulah Elementary
5441 Beulah Rd.
Richmond, VA 23237

2nd Saturday:

AM Davis Elementary
415 S. Providence Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23236

3rd Saturday:

VSU Multipurpose Center
20809 2nd Ave.
Petersburg, VA 23803

4th Saturday:

J.A. Chalkley Elementary
3301 Turner Road
Chesterfield, Va 23832

Local Food Pantries

  • FeedMore Hunger Hotline: Call 521-2500. Referrals are made to local food pantries.
  • CCHASM will connect Chesterfield and Colonial Heights residents in crisis with food. Please call (804) 796-2749 Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Mission Community Church 2nd & 4th Mondays 5:30 p.m. at 13912 Jeff Davis Hwy, Chester.
  • Commonwealth Catholic Charities: Food Pantry open Tuesday—Thursday, 9:00 a.m. — noon Call 285-5986. ID Required, can receive food once within a 30-day period.
  • Richmond Friends of the Homeless: 608-0971. Meals served at noon Monday-Friday at Broomfield CME Church, 609 Jefferson Davis HWY.; noon at Greater Mount Mariah, 913 N. 1st St. Richmond; and Saturday/Sunday at noon at Miss Careen’s, 1608 Chicago Ave, Richmond
  • Sherbourne Methodist Church, 2619 Sherbourne Rd., Open Wednesday 9 – 11 a.m., 275-6321. Serves zip codes 23234 & 23237
  • Colonial Heights Food Pantry: For those in zip code 23834 & 23803 (Matoaca/Etterick) (bring proof of residence & income). 520-7117.Thursday 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Friday 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. Currently, Park/wait/pick-up method ONLY.
  • Belmont United Methodist Church: 275-6336. 3510 Broad Rock Blvd. Food Pantry & Clothing Closet, Friday’s: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Victory Tabernacle: 11700 Genito Rd. Midlothian. Thursday’s excluding holidays at 10 a.m. for Food Pantry. Free for Chesterfield residents, Photo ID is required. The Food Pantry is located in the North Wing, participants may meet in the main sanctuary.
  • Bon Air Baptist-Buford Rd Campus, 2531 Buford Rd. Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Doors #26 & 27, Drive-thru.
  • A Place of Miracles Café: Food distribution on Friday’s, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 8820 Metro Court, N. Chesterfield
  • Redeemer Lutheran: Thursday 3 – 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 9400 Redbridge Rd
  • Tomahawk Baptist Church This is completely free and they do not ask any residency or financial questions. It is available every other Thursday evening from 4 – 7 p.m.

Cover Virginia is Virginia’s way to apply for Medicaid and FAMIS programs for children, pregnant women and adults. You can also get information about health insurance options available through the Federal Marketplace. You can call 855-242-8282 or visit https://www.coverva.org

CommonHelp is Virginia’s convenient way to apply for healthcare coverage at 1-855-242-8282. To get help with food, child care, heating and cooling bills, and cash assistance: Call 855-635-4370 or visit commonhelp.virginia.gov

General Housing Assistance Resources

Eviction Helpline 833-663-8428

Housing Crisis Line 804-972-0813. Call this number if you are homeless or will lose your housing in the next 3 days.

Housing Resource Line Centralized access point to help connect with existing housing resources. Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Residents can call 804-422-5061 OR submit an online form HERE and one of the HRL Specialists will respond within 2 business days. https://pharva.com/housing-hotline/ Commonwealth Catholic Charities Housing Resource Center Call 648-4177 for System Navigation Assistance. Currently NO Walk-ins. Monday—Friday, 8:30—5:00 p.m.  809 Oliver Hill Way.

CARES 244 Halifax Street, Petersburg, Call 861-0865. Emergency shelter for women & children.

HomeAgain Shelter & Transitional Housing offers emergency shelter for men and a separate shelter for single women/children, single men/ children, Veteran’s Program, Rapid Rehousing Services. Call 358- 7747

VA Supportive Housing Call 788-6825. www.virginiasupportivehousing.org

Chesterfield DSS Housing Choice Voucher Program 717-6382 Please note there is a waiting list and you may have to call frequently in order to obtain a place on the waiting list.

HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) 804-354-0641, help@HOMEofVA.org. Currently CLOSED to walk-ins.

HUD Housing Resources |https://resources.hud.gov/

VHDA| http://www.socialserve.com/tenant/VA/index.html?ch=VA

Virginia Housing Searchmay help you locate available, affordable rental housing

Local shelters have available case managers to help you locate permanent low cost housing.

Rent Assistance:

CAPup |Dora Hall |804-788-0050|Rental Assistance: You have to call first and then you will be transferred to a Case Manager. They do not help with deposits unless you currently have TANF| Energy Share for City of Richmond: Mondays and Tuesdays 9 -11 a.m. | Metro Care for City of Richmond (Water) Mondays-Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

CCHASM: Chesterfield | 11202 Richmond Street, Chester, VA 23831| 804-796-2749

Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Some valuable resources in our area include:

Chesterfield Community Services Board (CSB) – Prevention Services
Prevention Services provides consultation, parent support, children’s groups, and educational classes.

Positive Parenting Tips & Information
This website is a useful way to connect families to various parenting resources.

Commonwealth Parenting Center

Cameron K. Gallagher Mental Health Resource Center
Families can call directly to speak with a family navigator, free of charge. They help families understand the mental health options available for children and assist them in finding therapists, psychiatrists or other appropriate services.

Partners In Parenting
Partners in Parenting is a family-focused mental health practice providing evaluations, interventions, outpatient therapy, parent groups, and consultations in and around Richmond.

Completely Kids
Website with valuable and easily accessible online information and resources about raising kids in the Richmond area.

Richmond Area Parent Support Groups

Chesterfield County Library
Also offers computer and internet use, meeting spaces, homework help, early literacy/story times for toddlers and preschoolers, book clubs, summer learning program, and a variety of other activities/events.

Parenting resources on a wide range of topics and community resources.

Chesterfield County Parks & Recreation
Program Guide

Richmond Family Magazine
Free copies can be found at Kroger, Food Lion, Wegmans, Chick-fil-a, and Wawa. Information about family friendly events, community resources, and articles on parenting.

Children’s Museum of Richmond
4 locations in the metro area. Scholarships are available based on income. Also, there is free admission for families of children with behavioral health and development challenges on the first Friday of every month from 5:30PM – 7:30PM at rotating locations.

Know Different
Resources for families of special needs students in the Richmond area.

Chesterfield County Community Care Mobile App
The new Community Cares mobile application provides residents the information they need. Whether it’s help with parenting, disabilities, transportation, substance abuse or finding a great park, the Community Cares app will help connect you with the right people who can provide assistance. The app serves the needs of Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights residents, making it easy to search the wide range of helpful services local government provides. Users can browse by category or search department descriptions to learn how to get help, where that help is located and contact information.

Centro Sagrado Corazon
sirve a la comunidad latina en nuestra área los martes y jueves de 9 a 4:30 y los miércoles de 1 a 4:30.
Llame al (804) 230-4399 https://shcrichmond.org/en/links/

Latinos In Virginia Empowerment Center
ha recibido nuevos fondos para ofrecer asistencia financiera a familias de habla hispana que se han visto afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19 y que tradicionalmente no califican para otra ayuda. La asistencia está disponible para las familias que viven en Richmond, Petersburg, Colonial Heights o los condados de Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent y Powhatan. Puede solicitarlo llamando al (804) 658-3341. Cada caso se evalúa individualmente.

Waymakers Foundation
sirve a la comunidad latina en nuestra área. Llame o envíe un mensaje de texto al
(804) 920-0179 

Ride United through United Way: Are you unable to drive or get a ride to get to your job, school, and or to doctor’s appointments? United Way has a program that can help you get to places when you don’t have any other transportation options. For more information visit 

Access Chesterfield
For Chesterfield County residents meeting the requirement for Mobility Services (age 60 or older, disability, low-income household).
Vouchers available at certain libraries or by mail. Call Mobility Services for info: 751-2796.
Dependacare On Demand:
745-1818; Owl, Inc: 930-8448; Roundtrip: 277-4866; UZURV: 655-0255

If you have Medicaid, call: 1-866-386-8331. By appt. only—medical transportation services for qualified Medicaid recipients; transportation is available 24/7 including holidays.

The GRTC transit system is our local public bus system. Be sure to check their website for the closest bus stop, destinations, time changes, etc.

The United Way of Greater Richmond also maintains a quick reference guide to area services! Visit their website for more information on services provided, ways to get involved, and how to donate to the program.

2-1-1 Virginia is a free service that can help you find the local resources you need. We’re here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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