Step Forward

Step Forward

Step Forward provides income-related services to individuals experiencing homelessness by assisting with the disability application process and/or offering employment and educational opportunities. Step Forward utilizes a special disability program that allows staff to intensively support the application process for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits. Step Forward also works to expand and improve employment services to individuals with multiple barriers to employment including cultural, educational, economic and situational barriers that keep them from re-entering the workforce by traditional means. Step Forward takes the time to understand these limitations, develops the individual’s job skills, connects them to enrichment opportunities that improve their marketability and strives to place them in permanent employment. The progam offers trial work opportunities within the community and has established partnerships with local businesses and employers. Once placed, program staff supports both employer and employee for approximately 90 to 180 days to make the hire sustainable.

Supportive Employment Services

  • Job Help Center staffed five days each week
  • Technical assistance with job applications, resume building and interviewing skills
  • Connection to computer skills training
  • Transportation coordination to and from work
  • Mediation of workplace issues
  • Life skills development
  • Connection to GED, Diploma completion, and higher education services
  • Transitional work experiences that test participants for work ethic, skills and attitude
  • Assistance setting up bank accounts, completing payroll activities and managing a paycheck
  • Connection with permanent employment opportunities

Who qualifies?

People experiencing homelessness who are registered with Micah Ecumenical Ministries


Program Enrollment

Qualifying individuals can access the Step Forward program by referral through a Micah Ecumenical Ministries staff member or attending a walk-in service day in the Job Help Center


Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging

Employment Resources, Inc.

Rappahannock Adult Education

Germanna Community College

Virginia Employment Commission

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries

VA Cares

Compassion Restoration