Contact Info:
FCSS Office: 403-934-9090
116 Third Avenue Strathmore AB
 
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 and families in the community to adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving community quality of life and to help prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.
 
Programs are administered provincially through the Ministry of Human Services. The FCSS program is designed to provide preventive community based services, planned and delivered with a strong volunteer component, to address community needs.
Strathmore FCSS partners with numerous agencies in our community to help bring you programs that support our mandate.

FCSS NEEDS ASSESSMENT:

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FCSS GRANT APPLICATION:

Strathmore FCSS 2018 Grant Application – Due October 31st, 2017 before 4:00 pm.   
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a partnership between the Province and a Municipality or Metis Settlement that develops locally driven preventive social initiatives to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.
To obtain FCSS conditional funding, programs of service providers must meet the Provincial FCSS regulations. These programs must:
a) be of a preventive nature that enhances the social well-being of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies
provided at the earliest opportunity, and
b) do one or more of the following:
a. help people to develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resistant to crisis;
b. help people to develop an awareness of social needs;
c. help people to develop interpersonal and group skills;
d. help people and communities to assume responsibility for decisions and actions which affect them;
e. provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community.
Please see the grant application for more information.

2018 FCSS Grant Application

Outcome Measures and Indicators


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Information and Referrals
Home Support Services
Income Tax Program
Alberta Senior’s Benefit Financial Assistance Program
The Good Food Box Program
Frozen Meal Program
The Great Pumpkin Hunt
Pumpkins in the Park
Seniors Week Events
KARE Volunteer Driver Program
Compass Caregiver Program
Tools for Schools
Frequently Requested Local Contacts

Information and Referrals

Strathmore Family & Community Support Services acts as a referral agent for all Strathmore residents and surrounding area. This program continues to support the Strathmore residents with completing forms such as AISH, OAP, and CPP, Red Cross, and Sleep County.

Home Support Services

The Strathmore FCSS Home Support Program offers caring, responsible support to families and individuals experiencing disruptions to their normal routine. Home Supports workers can assist with: light house keeping, changing beds, shopping, laundry, companion care, and lawn care and snow removal.

Income Tax Program

This is FREE income tax preparation for seniors and low income. You are eligible if: 
  • You are not able to prepare tax return on your own.
  • It is a simple tax situation.
  • You meet the income threshold:  Single income up to $30,000, couple up to $40,000, (each additional dependent add $2,500 to income threshold) and interest income of less than $1,000.
Excludes:  self- employed, rental properties, mileage claims, T3 returns, bankruptcies, & deceased.Call us to book an appointment!  403-934-9090

Alberta Senior’s Benefit Financial Assistance Program

Our local senior volunteers have been trained to offer seniors assistance and provide information on the financial programs offered by the province of Alberta. They include: Alberta Seniors Benefit Program, Seniors Special Needs Assistance, and Dental & Optical Assistance for seniors, Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program and Education Property Tax Assistance.
The Volunteers will assist with filling out forms, answer questions and will seek additional information from the appropriate provincial resource should that be necessary. Please phone the SFCSS office to set up an appointment.

Our local senior volunteers have been trained to offer seniors assistance and provide information on the financial programs offered by the province of Alberta. They include: Alberta Seniors Benefit Program, Seniors Special Needs Assistance, and Dental & Optical Assistance for seniors, Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program and Education Property Tax Assistance.
The Volunteers will assist with filling out forms, answer questions and will seek additional information from the appropriate provincial resource should that be necessary. Please phone the SFCSS office to set up an appointment.

2017 Appointment Schedule
February 6th, February 20th, March 6th, March 20th, April 10th, April 24th, May 1st, May 15th, June 12th, June 26th.

The Good Food Box Program

This program provides residents an opportunity to purchase fresh produce at a very low cost. Participants pre-order, pay and pick up their boxes at the SFCSS office located at 85 Lakeside Blvd. For additional information, please contact the SFCSS office directly.
 
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Frozen Meal Program

Strathmore FCSS in conjunction with Strathmore United Way and Calgary Meals are pleased to offer residents of Strathmore the Frozen Meal Program.

Click Here for Frozen Food Schedule and Menu
Click Here for Frozen Food Order Form

The Great Pumpkin Hunt (Annual Event)

The pumpkin hunt will be held of October 28, 2017 at Kinsmen Park from 2pm-4pm. Pumpkins are $7.00 per child. We will also have snacks and hot chocolate for the families. Pre-registration is required for this event, so please phone SFCSS to register at 403-934-9090.

Pumpkins in the Park (Annual Event)

We would like to invite you to bring your carved pumpkins back to Kinsmen Park on November 1st, 2017 to be displayed as part of the Pumpkins in the Park Event from 6:00 pm—8:00 pm.  With your help, this too can be a Success. You can drop off your pumpkins at Kinsmen Park anytime between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm to give us time to display them.  Hope to see your pumpkin there to light up the Park.

Senior’s Week Events

This event is a provincial event which typically happens the first week in June. SFCSS along with numerous other community programs plan a week full of different activities for our Senior Community. For more information about this event, please contact the SFCSS office.

2017 Schedule of Events

KARE Volunteer Driver Program (Kind, Accessible, Reliable, Economical)

The purpose of the KARE Volunteer Driver Program is to assist those who do not have access to affordable, inter-municipal transportation (between communities) for their Healthcare and personal appointments. Each Client is required to fill out a client application. They will receive a client hand book detailing the program and how it works. Once the client is set up, they can just call the Strathmore FCSS office to book a ride. The client is responsible to reimburse the drive for expenses & parking. Call the office for the reimburse schedule. Rides are booked on a first-come-first served basis by calling the Strathmore FCSS office. It is recommended that trips be booked as far in advance as possible. While the Strathmore FCSS office will work to ensure that all client needs are met, the availability of rides are based on the availability of program volunteers. Rides may be unavailable at times. For a client application, volunteer driver application or for additional information, please call Strathmore FCSS at 403-934-9090.

Click Here for Client Application
Click Here for Volunteer Application
Click Here for Volunteer Driver Job Description

Compass Caregiver Program

Are you a Caregiver? A Caregiver is a person who assists a family member, friend or community member living with challenges due to disability, illness or aging. The 8-week program provides Care to the Caregiver. Learn about ways to balance family dynamics, prevent burnout, access supports and services and meet other Caregivers. FCSS offers this program throughout the year. Please find attached a schedule of the 2017 dates.

For dates and additional information click here.

Tools for Schools

Tools for School is a program to help low income families meet their child/children back to school’s needs by providing a back pack containing all the school supplies required for the year.  You can also Apply for Assistance with School Fees through the Kids Helping Kids Fund.  We can assist with up to 50% of school fees to a maximum of $200/student.

To apply for Tools for Schools And/Or Assistance for School Fees, please find the applications below.  Drop off completed applications with the documentation required to Strathmore FCSS at 116 Third Avenue. 
If you require additional information please contact Strathmore FCSS at 403-934-9090 or Wheatland FCSS at 403-934-5335. 
 
             Eligibility
            Application for Tools for Schools
            Application for Assistance with School Fees



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