Social Services

About Social Services in Rockingham County

Harrisonburg Rockingham Social Services District has been a joint Harrisonburg and Rockingham County operation since legislation adopted in 1938 provided for the establishment of welfare agencies in each Virginia locality. Effective July 1, 1995, the jurisdictions of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County consolidated their social services departments, changing the name to Harrisonburg Rockingham Social Services District. The mission of the Harrisonburg Rockingham Social Services District is the promotion of self-reliance and protection of citizens through community-based services.
Rockingham County Social Services is part of the Virginia Department of Social Services.


The Harrisonburg Rockingham Social Services District is divided into two broad program areas.

Benefits Program

The Benefits Program provides medical, financial, fuel, and food stamp assistance to the citizens of Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County. These benefits can be paid from federal, state, and/or local funds.

Service Program

The Service Program provides the following services directly, or via purchase of service:
  • Adoption
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Adult Services
  • Child Protective Services
  • Day Care Services
  • Employment Services
  • Foster Care