Ashley Hux began her journey at Central Services as an Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps member in 2014. Already equipped with a passion for service and an educational background in social work, she applied for the AmeriCorps position to build on her skill set with hands on experience in the field. After serving two years, she was hired full time by Central Services in 2016, and just last year she took the reigns as Executive Director after longtime leader Barbara Simmons retired.
Serving Hamblen County for 50 years, Central Services offers a wide variety of programs that provide financial assistance and crisis intervention, with the ultimate goal of self-reliance and stopping the cycle of poverty. The agency houses a food pantry and thrift store, and provides counseling and assistance to clients, including emergency rent and utility assistance. Clinch-Powell has been partnering with Central Services for many years in client referrals, sharing office space, and of course with our Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps program. Three members are currently serving, and six staff are AmeriCorps alums. We are looking forward to a continued partnership with Ashley at the helm of this wonderful agency. #30years #30faces