Family And Community Support Services
FCSS Office: 403-934-9090
116 Third Avenue, Strathmore AB
FCSS is the abbreviation for Family and Community Support Services. It is a program offered by The Province of Alberta Ministry of Community and Social Services to local municipalities and Metis settlements. Involvement by the municipality is voluntary.
If the municipality chooses to be involved, then FCSS provincial funding (80 per cent) must be matched with local tax dollars (20 per cent). This combined funding is then used to support preventive social initiatives, program, and services that are shown to enhance the social well-being of individuals, families, and/or the community.
Each municipality has the autonomy to determine the FCSS process at the local level. For that reason, FCSS can look vastly different from one municipality to another.
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.
Residents outside the Town of Strathmore and within Wheatland County have access to Wheatland FCSS. Click here to learn more about WFCSS.