Please be advised that FCSS has moved!
You can now find us on the lower level of the Civic Cultural Centre at 5018 Waghorn St.
“Investing in people, our most valuable resource.”
Blackfalds Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) FCSS offers support and services that include community programs and courses, community group support, Food Bank information, employment support, interagency meetings, subsidized programs, and information and referral services.
FCSS also provides preventative social programming and activities that use proactive, strength-based, and intentional strategies to help individuals, families and communities develop skills required to form a strong sense of self, resulting in the ability to build healthy relationships with others.
FCSS priorities are directed by the Social Needs Assessment Plan (2016), which includes substantial input from the members of our community.
FCSS Now Accepting Grant Applications
Blackfalds Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) Advisory Board will review grant applications at the Board's April 13, 2023, regular meeting. Each year, Blackfalds FCSS reviews applications for social preventative programming and recommends Town Council’s allocation of budgeted granting dollars to various groups and organizations in the community.
In past years, Blackfalds FCSS grant funding has supported a variety of projects in the community, including, but not limited to:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) In School Mentoring and Traditional Mentoring programs,
- Social Emotional programming at Wolf Creek Public Schools and St Gregory the Great Catholic School,
- Guest Speakers targeting resiliency, self-esteem, healthy relationships, empowerment, and other social prevention topics at all schools,
- First Nations, Metis, Inuit programming and resources in schools,
- Alcohol and Drug Awareness opportunities.
If you belong to a group or organization that supports and delivers programming whose primary focus is preventative social programming to build and enhance the social well-being of Blackfalds residents, and could benefit from grant funding, this opportunity to apply is for you.
Application forms must be completed and submitted no later than March 24, 2023, at 4:30 p.m.
For questions about your application, please get in touch with Blackfalds FCSS at 403.600.9066.
Please download the application form to get started!
Community Initiative Program
The Blackfalds Community Initiative Grant provides financial support to local organizations to deliver arts, culture, heritage, and recreation initiatives.
These initiatives are to be programs, events, or projects in Blackfalds. The grant will assist in developing safe initiatives to better community education and engagement for all ages. Initiatives selected for funding will create new opportunities in Blackfalds and attract tourists.
For more information or to apply, please download this form.
Lunch Box Program
Families with children 0-18 can pick up a box of breakfasts and lunches every week, thanks to the exceptional support of local Blackfalds businesses and donours.
If you are interested in donating to the program or accessing the program, please contact FCSS at 403.600.9066
Beyond Food Community Hub
Beyond Food Community Hub is the umbrella organization that operates multiple community programs, such as:
- Blackfalds Food Bank
- The Lunchbox
- The Good Food Box
- The Senior Good Food Box
- Emergency Food Hampers
- The new Affordable Market
Our Beyond Food Community Hub does not have a financial eligibility threshold. If you know someone who could benefit from the great local partnerships that the Food Bank Society has created - please refer them to FCSS so they can get the info necessary to make an appointment at the Food Bank.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Hub, or would like more information about the Affordable Market or Seniors Good Food Box Program please connect with the Blackfalds Food Bank at 403.600.1768 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! Affordable Market
Stop by the Beyond Food Community Hub to purchase vegetables, fruit and more at a discounted price! The aim is to increase access to healthy, fresh food by making it affordable.
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Location: 5014 Waghorn Street
Cash or cheques accepted
Blackfalds 55+ Housing Project
The Town of Blackfalds dedicated a parcel of land to investigate seniors' housing options in Blackfalds. Partnering with the Lacombe Foundation and the Bethany Group, the next step in the process is gauging the level of interest from individuals.
To participate in the next steps or view previous community presentations, please visit the Lacombe Foundation and fill out the Expression of Interest form and/or the Seniors Housing application and remit to email@example.com.
Mon - Fri
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Support Services Resources
Emergency / 24 hour
|POLICE, Fire, Ambulance||9.1.1|
|Central Alberta Victim & Witness Support Society||403.885.3355|
|Golden Circle: Central Alberta Elder Abuse Emergency Shelter 24 Hour||1.877.454.2580 | 403.346.6076|
|Hope for Wellness Help Line (immediate help to all Indigenous people)||1.855.242.3310|
|Women’s Emergency Shelter (24/7)||1.888.346.5643|
|Addictions Help Line||1.866.332.2322|
|Blackfalds Food Bank||403.600.1768|
|Bullying Prevention Helpline||1.888.456.2323|
|Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE)||403.346.8818|
|Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter (CAWES)||1.888.346.5643 | 403.346.5643|
|Crisis Services Canada||1.833.456.4566 Text '45645'|
|Mental Health Help Line||1.877.303.2642|
|Sexual Assault Support Centre||1.866.956.1099|
|Suicide Prevention Helpline||1.800.784.2433|
|Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre||587.272.2222|
|Child Abuse Hotline: 24 Hour Toll Free||1.800.387.5437|
|Child Care Subsidy Applications||1.877.644.9992|
|Family Violence Information Line||403.310.1818|
|Red Deer Family Supports for Children with Disabilities||1.855.440.5478|
|Alberta Seniors Financial Assistance and Benefits||1.877.644.9992|
|Alberta Supports Contact Centre for Alberta Works, Aides to Daily Living, Seniors Health Benefits||1.877.644.9992|
|Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)||403.340.5353|
|Canada Veterans Affairs Depot||1.800.522.2122|
|Information and Referral||2.1.1 | www.ab.211.ca|
|Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD)||403.340.5003|
|Service Canada Centre||1.800.622.6232|
Health & Wellness
|Alberta Health Services Health Link / Dementia Link||8.1.1|
|Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories||1.866.950.5465 | 403.342.0448|
|Apollo Health Clinic||587.797.4088|
|Blackfalds Medical Clinic||403.885.2237|
|Canadian Hard of Hearing Association||780.428.6622|
|Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre||403.782.3336|
|Red Deer Regional Hospital||403.343.4422|
|Lab Services (Red Deer)||1.877.309.2847 | 403.343.4749|
|Lab Services (Lacombe)||1.833.572.0577|
|Community Legal Clinic – Central Alberta||1.877.314.9129|
|Consumer Contact Centre (Tenant/Landlord info)||1.877.427.4088|
|Legal Aid Alberta||1.866.845.3425|
|Office of the Public Guardian & Trustee (OPGT)||403.340.5165|
|Rural Red Deer Restorative Justice||403.598.0726 | firstname.lastname@example.org|