Family and Community Support Services

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a joint municipal/provincial funding program established to develop, support and fund preventive social 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.

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.

Strengthening the Community

Fort Macleod and District FCSS strengthens the community by building relationships and empowering the community’s capacity, so that residents of Fort Macleod and District have equal opportunity to have a better quality of life. FCSS can provide resources and funds, and operates community programs and services. The programs depend on community resources, often involving volunteers in management and delivery.

Some of the programs FCSS is involved in are:

  • Community Resource Office
  • Meals on Wheels Coordinator
  • Volunteer Income Tax Program
  • Interagency Meeting Coordinator
  • Fort Macleod and area Early Child Development – Coalition Chairperson
  • Fort Macleod Affordable Housing Committee Chairperson
  • Fort Macleod Playground Committee member
  • Some Summer youth /children programs
  • Disaster Services Reception Center

FCSS provides funding to various community agencies:

  • Choose Well Challenge – Adult Walking program
  • Community Awareness Market
  • Kids First Family Center
  • Parent Preschool Program
  • Fort Macleod Preschool Society
  • Fort Museum- March of the Red Coats
  • Allied arts – senior art
  • Ranchland Victim Services

FCSS supports community events:

  • Winter Walk Day
  • Family Day Unplugged
  • Volunteer Appreciation Event
  • Senior Week events
  • Children’s Festival
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Back to School Connect
  • Community Resource Fair
  • Community Halloween Party
  • Santa Claus Parade Day movie