Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) believes that:

  • A community’s most valuable resources are its people.
  • Each municipality is unique and is best able to determine what its own needs are.
  • Citizen participation, partnerships, volunteer service, and self-help should be encouraged and supported.
  • Volunteerism is valuable in that it allows citizens to contribute directly to our community. If you need volunteers or want to volunteer, contact us and we will match volunteers to needs.

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.

FCSS is an 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta, and municipalities or Metis Settlements. Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation.

The Regulation sets out the service requirements that a municipality or Settlement must meet to be eligible for funding. At the local level, a municipality or Metis Settlement Council chooses whether to establish a Program, and enters into an agreement with the province to jointly fund the Program.

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 upon community resources, often involving volunteers in management and delivery.

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MISSION: To empower the people of Claresholm and District to attain a desirable quality of life.

VISION: Claresholm and District FCSS envisions a strong, healthy, positive and caring community which maintains a high quality of life through mutual respect and interaction.

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