Our Mission

Mission Statement

The Mercer County Board of Social Services is committed to providing economic and social services to individuals and families residing in Mercer County based upon financial need.

guiding principles

  • Treat each person with dignity and respect.
  • Strengthen families.
  • Direct programs to address the entire spectrum of a family’s needs, not just the discrete needs of individuals.
  • Provide services that will protect those that are most vulnerable, i.e. elderly and children.
  • Promote individual responsibility.
  • Empower persons to move off assistance and toward independence.
  • Make work more rewarding than assistance.
  • Allow flexibility in programs to accommodate state, local and individual differences.
  • Focus success measures on persons, not on processes.
  • Use public funds efficiently.
  • Build partnerships within the community.
  • Build community.