Strong social and family relationships and good mental health are among the goals of programs chosen to receive funding from Red Deer & District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) for the next three years.
Nineteen programs were chosen by the Red Deer & District FCSS Board for a total of $2.29 million in earmarked funding for January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. The process of selection began one year ago with setting priorities among all of the district FCSS municipal partners, which includes Red Deer, Red Deer County, Delburne, Bowden, Elnora and Penhold.
“We heard a common theme from the six municipal partners: that the economy and its effect on local families was a top priority for them,” said Kathy Sitter, Red Deer & District FCSS Board Chair. “The programs being funded have been chosen in part for their ability to address some of the financial stressors that can lead to anxiety and depression, domestic violence and other issues.”
Family counselling, support for youth, and outreach for seniors were among the programs selected.
Programs for preschool-aged children are also on the list. Home visitation, for example, can foster early child development and competent parenting, and reduce the risk for child abuse and neglect.
“Communities can often direct their focus to dealing with crime, addictions and homelessness but we don’t always make the connection to preventive social services,” said Sitter. “Through FCSS funded programs, we can be proactive and address the needs of children and families at critical stages to help mitigate some of these issues before they develop.”
The Red Deer & District FCSS mandate is to provide preventive social programming that enhances the social well-being of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity. Provincial funding (80 per cent) is matched with municipal tax dollars (20 per cent).
The programs are selected through a rigorous process, which also considered factors such as an agency’s leadership, willingness to collaborate and financial accountability. Forty-four programs applied for funding, totaling $4.46 million, $2.17 million more than is available for this funding cycle.
A complete list of funded projects is attached and available at www.reddeer.ca/fcss.
For more information, please contact:
Kathy Sitter, Board Chair
Red Deer & District FCSS
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer