Family and Community Support Services

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a funding partnership between local governments and the Province of Alberta on an 80/20 share basis. The funding is used to support and develop locally driven, preventive social services initiatives.

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 determines how the dollars they receive should be allocated to best meet the needs of their community so FCSS programs are unique to each community.

Dial A Bus Transportation Program

The Town of Whitecourt operates a Dial A Bus Transportation Program for seniors, and persons with disabilities.  To be eligible for the program individuals must be over the age of 65, or have a physical or mental disability that has been assessed by a doctor.

You must be a registered user of the transportation program to ride the bus.  Applications can be picked up at the front desk at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre.   For more information contact 780-778-6300.

Eligible individuals can ride the bus:

Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (first pickup is at 8:00 a.m. and last pickup is scheduled at 3:00 p.m.)

$3.65/one-way trip. Call 780-706-5755 for a ride. 

Ways to use your Dial A Bus Pass & transportation vouchers

  • Voucher: Taxi Cab - with a $3.68 (GST included) charge plus a voucher (substituting additional tickets for the $3.68 fee is not accepted)
  • Voucher: Dial A Bus - One voucher only.  If you do not have a voucher, there is a $3.00 (no GST) one way fee.
  • Voucher: Whitecourt Transit - One voucher only.  If you do not have a voucher, there is a $3.00 (no GST) one way fee.
  • Dial A Bus Monthly Pass - Can be used on Whitecourt Transit
 

Family Community Liaison Program

The Family Community Liaison Program provides support and counselling to children 5-18 years old and their families living in the Whitecourt area. Services include:

  • Individual counselling and group delivery - Carlan Services Community Resource Centre, schools, and at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre.
  • Family support to resources and programs within the area.
  • Skill development - services plans for each client and family, if applicable.
  • Case management - collaboration with Team For Success, school psychologists, and other agencies if applicable.
  • Coordination of services to other service providers such as mental health and private therapists.
Our service locations vary as we meet with clients in school, in the home, or at the Family Community Liaison Office operated out of the Carlan Services Community Resource Centre.  Family Community Liaison Workers also develop and facilitate community and school groups that are in need.

Funding Agencies:           

  • Town of Whitecourt
  • Northern Gateway School Division
  • Living Waters School Division
  • Region 7 North Central Child and Family Services Authority
  • Alberta Mental Health Board

The Family Community Liaison Program is operated out of the Carlan Services Community Resource Centre located at 76 Sunset Boulevard. Contact program representatives at 780-778-8755.

     

Family Violence Initiative

New Hope Family Violence Program: The New Hope Family Violence Program runs from September to June. This pyscho-educational and therapeutic group for men and women who have been exposed to or involved in family violence. Please note that the women and men's group meet on separate evenings.  For more information contact 780-778-6300.

Family Violence Stakeholders Group: The Family Violence Stakeholders Group meets once a month. If you are interested in becoming involved in family violence initiatives in our community, please contact 780-778-6300 to find out the next meeting date.

 

Good Food Box Program

The Whitecourt Good Food Box Program is a non-profit program for families and individuals who want to purchase quality, fresh produce at a low price of $20.00 per box. The goal of the program is to make quality, fresh foods available at a reasonable price while promoting community involvement.You are invited to take part in the exciting local program. This is a month-to-month program.

Registration is required by the second Wednesday of the month by calling 780-778-3637.

     

Parent Link/Early Childhood Development Programs

The Parent Link/Early Childhood Development Centre, located at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre provides programming and resources for families with children 0-6 years of age. The Centre was designed to ensure that parents have the support needed to help their children develop and fulfill their potential. At the Centre, parents can access individual and group supports, information about community services, obtain referrals, and meet other parents, children, and families, while taking part in quality early learning activities. Core services provided at the centre include:               

  • Early Childhood Development and Care
  • Parent Education
  • Family Support
  • Child Development Screening
  • Information & Referral

A variety of programs are offered throughout the week that encourage learning through play, peer interaction, parent interaction, parent-child interaction, language development and healthy child development practices. Call 780-778-3637 for the current program schedule.Funding Agencies:

  • Town of Whitecourt
  • Region 7 North Central Child and Family Services Authority
  • Northern Central Children's Services
  • Pembina Gateway Parent Link Network/Alberta Children's Services
   
 
Town of Whitecourt
5004 52 Avenue, Box 509
Whitecourt  AB  T7S 1N6
Ph: 780.778.2273   Fax: 780.778.4166
administration@whitecourt.ca
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