Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) changes lives and communities across Alberta. For more than 50 years, FCSS Calgary has helped people build their skills and resiliency to overcome challenges like poverty, homelessness, violence, and mental health issues and avoid crisis.
FCSS is a highly effective partnership between the Government of Alberta and municipalities – with outcomes that benefit everyone.
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Did you know…?
- The FCSS program is unique to Alberta and the envy of every jurisdiction in Canada.
- Every $1 from The City of Calgary leverages $8.27 in the community.
- In 2016, 79 organizations delivered 156 programs to support Calgarians.
- In 2016, 21,186 volunteers contributed more than 924,669 hours.
- The total provincial FCSS budget in 2016 was over $100 million
Our investment in FCSS means:
- Children and youth are healthy, have increased self-esteem and friendships, and able to succeed in school.
- Individuals have the skills required to manage their finances and save for the future.
- Family members are better connected to one another and parents practice positive parenting.
- Communities are more welcoming of all cultures, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientation and income levels.
Collectively changing lives
Investing in FCSS Calgary means that all Calgarians – young or old, new or established – can share in a sense of belonging, live in safe neighbourhoods, benefit from educational and economic opportunities, and respect and accept each other.
A blueprint for change
FCSS Calgary uses the Social Sustainability Framework to guide its social planning process and to invest in programs that yield the greatest impact. Program outcomes are evaluated using pre- and post-test surveys that program participants complete before and after they take part in programs.
Significant Positive Change
The FCSS program uses 55 FCSS Social Inclusion Indicator (FSII) surveys. Collectively, these surveys demonstrate the impact of FCSS programs. In recent years, more surveys have shown significant positive change. This means
more programs are successfully meeting their outcomes.
These results also demonstrate a greater return on investment from the collective FCSS investment made by the Government of Alberta and the City of Calgary.
Strengthening people in their neighbourhoods
FCSS-funded programs are successful, in part, because of the strength of the community at large.
To learn more about the FCSS program in Alberta, check out these resources: