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Karen Harrington,
Phone: (828) 695-5600


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3030 11th Avenue Drive SE
Hickory, NC 28602

Mailing Address:
PO Box 669
Newton, NC 28658

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Your interest is appreciated, and I trust you will browse this site to seek the answer to your specific questions and concerns or to simply obtain new knowledge. As you peruse this site, you will come to understand that Social Services attempts to prevent social problems, maintain those unable to care for themselves, help the able-bodied become employed, protect children and adults from abuse and neglect, help children have permanent homes, and give the elderly and disabled a choice to remain in their own homes. We strive to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Catawba County.

The Department of Social Services has wide ranging responsibilities that produce tangible family specific and broader community results across all social, demographic and economic lines. This is complex work and carries serious responsibility. I am well aware that the department’s job cannot be accomplished without effective partnerships.

It is an honor to serve our citizens and I welcome your feedback on how we can make this site as useful as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions and suggestions.

Karen Harrington, Director
Catawba County Social Services

Karen Harrington, Interim Social Services Director