The Okotoks FCSS office works with other community partners to offer the following programs for seniors.
- The Town of Okotoks Volunteer Services Department offers 2 programs well-used by seniors. The FCSS role is to complete brief assessment and intake on individuals requiring these services, and provide referral to the programs.
Snow Angels (poster): Snow Angels is a program that assists seniors and other persons with clearing their driveway and walkways of snow. Clients in need contact the Okotoks Volunteer Resource Centre and a volunteer is sent out to help them.
Volunteer Drivers: The Town of Okotoks Volunteer Resource Centre provides a Volunteer Drivers Program for seniors and persons with disabilities to access appointments in Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond, Turner Valley and Calgary. The intent of the program is to provide a service to our residents to help them meet their personal/medical appointment needs and remain independent and engaged citizens in our communty.
Seniors are welcomed volunteers. All volunteer applicants undergo an interview and screening process.
Benfits to volunteering with this program will be:
- To meet new people and gain new experiences.
- Assist someone in need that has no other means of transportation.
- A sense of pride and accomplishment for helping an individual maintain their independence.
- Experience personal growth.
- Give back to your community.
- The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is operated through FCSS. While this program is not senior-specific, any residents making less than $30,000 (single) or $40,000 (couple) are eligible to have their taxes completed and net-filed by a volunteer. Intake for the program is offered at the FCSS office and at the Okotoks Healthy Family Resource Centre.
- The Okotoks Healthy Family Resource Centre is a funded partnership between FCSS, Child and Family Services, and Alberta Health Services. It provides information, support, assessment, and referral services to all residents of Okotoks, including seniors. Services of interest to seniors include:
- Assistance in completing OAS, CPP and Alberta Seniors Benefit applications.
- Information on available seniors housing options, community programs, and legal resources.
- Recreation fee assistance subsidies (brochure) of $150 per year to access programs offered through the Town of Okotoks. This program is not specific to seniors, but is accessed by those who meet the income guidelines.
- Referral to resources for basic needs, mental health, and recreation.
- The Okotoks and District Seniors Centre is a registered non-profit organization that applies for FCSS funding yearly. The Centre offers daily activities, special events, and information for seniors. In 2013 they were granted $8,000 from Okotoks FCSS, which is to help fund the position of the administrator at the Centre.