Celebrating 40 years of serving family and community

October 26, 2015

Celebrating 40 years of serving family and community

Since 1975, Strathcona County Family and Community Services staff have supported the physical, emotional and mental health needs of County residents.

In celebration of 40 years of service, residents and partner agencies are invited to a family-friendly open house on Wednesday, November 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Family and Community Services office (2nd floor, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park).

Following a Then and Now theme, attendees will be treated to games, food and fun, while exploring how the programs and services have changed in response to the growing needs of the community. Strathcona County Youth Council members will also be onsite, celebrating their 25th anniversary.

In the beginning, Family and Community Services was known as Preventative Social Services, and offered three programs: homemakers, seniors and counselling.

Over the past 40 years, the program has grown from an arm’s length service into the current Family and Community Services municipal department focused on four core functions: individual and family supports, outreach supports, developing community and community education.

Services offered today include counselling support, family school liaison, trauma supports for children and youth, parent-teen conflict, at-risk youth supports, Parent Link, family day homes, municipal subsidy administration, home visitation, home support, seniors outreach, snow and lawn busters and coordinating other volunteer opportunities. Family and Community Services hosts a variety of courses, conferences, workshops and psychoeducational groups.

Through it all, Family and Community Services works to identify social need, build community capacity, increase community connections and increase awareness of social issues.

Join the celebration on November 4. To RSVP for the free event, call 780-464-4044.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 95,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595