Family and Community Support Services
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is an 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta, municipalities and Metis Settlements. Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation.
Under FCSS, communities design and deliver social programs that are preventive in nature to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families, and communities. The programs depend on community resources, often involving volunteers in management and delivery.
The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that self-help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence. The programs developed are intended to help individuals in their community to adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life and building the capacity to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.
One of the key principles of the FCSS Program is local responsibility in priority-setting and resource allocation. FCSS emphasizes local decision-making for programming, based on the belief that communities have the desire, energy and resources to build community capacity. Each municipality or Metis Settlement, therefore, determines how the dollars they receive should be allocated to best meet local needs.
FCSS 2017 funding Recipients:
- Crowsnest Pass Boys and Girls Club
- Kids Kollege
- Crowsnest Pass Women’s Resource and Crisis Centre
- Parent Link Parent Workshops
- Parent Link Parent and Student Support Services
- Crowsnest Pass Literacy Foundation (Peer Tutor Program)
- Crowsnest Pass Literacy Foundation (Brat Pack)
- Ranchland Victim Services
- 40 Developmental Assets
- Early Childhood Development Coalition
- Compassionate Friends
- Crowsnest Forest Kids
FCSS 2018 Funding Application is now available. Submission deadline is August 31, 2017.
Kidsport Crowsnest Pass
Kidsport Crowsnest Pass provides support to kids 18 years of age and under to help remove the financial barriers that prevent them from participating in organized sports programs.
As a volunteer driven organization, we rely on the generosity of community partners, businesses and individuals to help ensure that no child is denied the opportunity to play the sports they love, lead a healthy, active lifestyle and make new friends.
For more information about this program please contact 403-562-8352.
The 40 Developmental Assets
The 40 Developmental Assets are building blocks: positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring and responsible. When young people have more of the Developmental Assets in their lives, they are more likely to succeed in school, show leadership, take care of their health and value diversity. Strategies include:
- Engaging adults from all walks of life to develop sustained, strength-building relationships with children and adolescents, both within families and in neighbourhoods.
- Mobilizing young people to use their power as asset builders and change agents.
- Activating sectors of the community such as schools, congregations, businesses, youth and family services, human services and health care to create an asset building culture and to contribute fully to young people’s positive growth and development.
- Invigorating programs to become asset rich and to be available to and accessed by all children and youth.
- Influencing civic decisions by connecting with decision makers and opinion leaders to leverage financial, media and policy resources in support of this positive transformation of communities and society.
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Meals on Wheels
The Meals on Wheels Program provides hot nutritious noon-day meals, five days per week (including statutory holidays) to any person within the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, who through illness, age or disability cannot provide meals for themselves.
Meals on Wheels assists individuals to live independently in their own homes. Volunteers provide a welcome daily social contact, while monitoring the health and the well-being of the client.
You are eligible to receive Meals on Wheels if you:
- Are elderly or frail
- Are convalescing or ill
- Have mobility problems
- Have vision problems
- Have shopping difficulties
What Does Meals On Wheels Provide?
Meals on Wheels provides soup, a hot meal, sandwich and desert. Caring and trained volunteers deliver meals anywhere is the Crowsnest Pass.
When are Meals on Wheels Available?
Meals are available Monday to Friday, including statutory holidays. You may choose which days you would like a meal to be delivered. To re-order or cancel a meal, call the Municipal Office at 403-562-8833 before 10:00am.
How To Get Started
To join Meals on Wheels, contact the Municipal Office at 403-562-8833 between the hours of 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday. We will require the following information;
- Name, street and mailing address
- Phone number, age, emergency contacts and if you have any pets
- Dietary Restrictions and allergies
- Information on your health and physical status
- Being home between the hours of 11:00am and 12:30pm for delivery
- Notify the office no later than 10:00am to cancel your meal
- Payment - To pay your monthly invoice you can drop in to the Municipal Office or mail a cheque to FCSS, Box 600, Crowsnest Pass, T0K 0E0
People Outreach Program
The People Outreach Program is coordinated through Family and Community Support Services. This program provides a subsidy for general cleaning, yard maintenance and snow removal for elderly and handicapped members of the community who meet all of the requirements listed below. Applicants must be:
- incapable of performing home maintenance tasks;
- referred to the program by a doctor or a Community Health practitioner;
- ineligible for any other subsidy program (ie. Alberta Special Needs Assistance for Seniors) for housekeeping and yard maintenance;
- in receipt of an income less than $16,800 single or $25,200 couple. (As per Alberta Special Needs Assistance for Seniors.)
- without family and community assistance for such tasks as general cleaning and yard maintenance.
Family and Community Support Services will not provide subsidy for duties performed by a family member, friend or paid/non-paid caregiver.
Family and Community Support Services will subsidize at a rate of $5.00 per hour to a maximum of 8 hours per month. General Cleaning includes: washing floors, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, and cleaning appliances. The client is responsible for all cleaning supplies.
General Cleaning Duties NOT Included: laundering clothes, cooking, washing dishes and running errands.
NOTE: Any hours exceeding the FCSS subsidy limits are the responsibility of the client. The client is responsible for all cleaning supplies.
Outdoor Maintenance and Snow Removal
Family and Community Support Services will subsidize at a rate $5.00 per hour to a maximum of 8 hours per month.
In order to receive reimbursement, you are required to complete the claim form provided by the Municipal Office. BOTH Indoor and Outdoor workers must SIGN AND DATE the form. Also, ensure that you have signed and dated the form.
For more Information, please contact our FCSS Department at 403-562-8833