Carolynne Jensen

FCSS expanding its programming

In order to reach out to the community on an even broader scale, Rimbey FCSS is expanding its programming to offer two new programs.

In order to reach out to the community on an even broader scale, Rimbey FCSS is expanding its programming to offer two new programs.

The Welcome to Canada program is available for anyone who is new to Rimbey and needs some help to get settled.

“We don’t want to limit the program to just those who have come here from another country,” said Carolynne Jensen, SIRCCoordinator with Rimbey FCSS/RCHHS. We want to include anyone who is new to the community.”

Executive director Peggy Makofka said the program is important as it will give newcomers a chance to contact FCSS to learn about where schools, churches and other important community establishments are located.

The program will also be available to assist newcomers in filing out necessary government forms.

Rimbey FCSS will work with Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) from Red Deer to learn more about helping newcomers settle into the community.

Volunteers are needed for the program and anyone who is interested in helping out may contact Carolynne at FCSS.

Another program which will be expanded through FCSS is the seniors information and referral program.

“Our board has suggested that we broaden our scope in the community and be able to help even more people to fill out forms,” said Jensen.

In keeping with the board’s direction, FCSS has changed the name of the program to community and seniors information and referral.

“This just means that while we will still help seniors, we will also help people under the age of 65 with forms such as passports, AISH, CPP and disability,” she said.

Jensen said she has contacted Alberta Supports and Service Canada and learned that all forms are available on line and allhave instructions with them. Toll free numbers for both Alberta Supports and Service Canada are also available.

Jensen is pleased that the program has expanded, noting the previous program left a gap in services offered.

“We will continue to do all that we have done for seniors, but now we’ve added younger people to the program as well. We are simply opening up our service to the entire community.”

For more information about either of the programs contact FCSS and ask for Carolynne or Peggy at 403-843-2030.