What is Work First?

Work First simulates employment and is a work-for-benefits program. It is designed to offer supportive services to assist families with obtaining and maintaining employment.

There are several parts to the program:

  • A temporary financial assistance program for families experiencing a temporary break in employment due to an unforeseen circumstance
  • A short-term cash assistance program for unemployed families or relatives caring for minor family members (children under 18)
  • Social work support services to relatives caring for minor family members

For more information, call 252-559-6400.

How Do I Apply?

To submit an application, please visit the Department of Social Services at:

130 W King Street
Kinston, NC 28501

Our regular business hours are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 7:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday – 7:30am to 12:00pm

Lenoir County Department of Social Services
Phone:
252-559-6400

Fax:

Adult Services & Child Welfare Services - 252-520-7878

Child Support Services - 252-559-6380

Economic Services (Food & Nutrition Services, Medicaid, Fraud, Energy, Transportation) - 252-559-6328

Administration, Personnel, Business Officer/Accounting - 252-559-6381

Physical Address:

130 W King Street
Kinston, NC 28501-4836

Mailing Address:
PO Box 6
Kinston, NC 28503-0006

Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday - 7:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday – 7:30am to 12:00pm

Director: Jeff Harrison

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find more information?

For more information please visit the NC DHHS Website.