Rimbey FCSS, upon request, received a an increase to its 2014 budget through Ponoka County Council.
Council will contribute $27, 336 to Rimbey FCSS, an $8,000 increase from 2013.
The budget increase will provide better support for programs run through FCSS, including a home care program.
“The business model is that there’s actually the home care contract through Alberta Health Services, and that contract provides a really important service to our community,” said Reeve Paul McLauchlin.
McLauchlin feels it’s important the program is supported in the local environment. “There’s been dramatic failures in the home care program in our urban friends places, as well as the corporate delivery of home care has been a dismal failure.”
FCSS also provides around 16 other services, including a food bank. “At the end of the day they provide this social safety net that our community benefits from,” said McLauchlin.