STEP employees recently received service awards. From left to right, they are: Jacqulyn Thurston, Whitney Long, Christy Foley, Elisabet Minter, Debra Frye, and Cindy Hostutler. Paul Doughton is not pictured.

Seven employees at STEP, Inc. were recognized recently for their years of service to the agency.

STEP (Solutions That Empower People) is a community action agency with services in Franklin and Patrick counties, and Bedford, Martinsville and Danville. Services include Early Head Start and Head Start; youth services (LIFES Academy and Project Discovery); senior services (Meals on Wheels, transportation); supportive services (re-entry, homelessness prevention); housing and weatherization; and financial services (tax preparation assistance, financial education, individual development accounts). STEP’s mission is to empower people to overcome barriers to economic, educational and developmental success within the communities it serves.

STEP has offices in Rocky Mount, Martinsville, and Stuart.

Those receiving service awards (listed with their hometowns) are:

  • Paul Doughton – 5 years- Ferrum- Housing Assistant/Custodian
  • Christy Foley – 5 years- Stuart- Head Start Teacher
  • Debra Frye – 10 years- Ferrum- LIFES Academy Paraprofessional
  • Cindy Hostutler – 20 years- Hardy- Head Start Health and Family

Services Advocate

  • Whitney Long – 5 years- Rocky Mount- Human Resources Specialist
  • Elisabet Minter – 5 years- Bassett- EHS Family Educator
  • Jacqulyn Thurston – 5 years- Rocky Mount- EHS Infant/Toddler Teacher