Quality of life is important in a community. To ensure residents can have comfort in a safe and caring community, a number of programs have been implemented by council. In addition to these programs, a Citizen of the Year is recognized annually (Don Wong in 2016), as nominated by residents, and scholarships awarded to students entering a post secondary education program.
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) are locally driven preventative social initiatives that enhance the well being of children, families, individuals and communities. We partner with a number of local agencies to provide counseling and skill building to students, adults and families. This includes McMan Youth, Family & Community Services, Medicine Hat Family Services, and the family school liaison workers in the Prairie Rose School Division. A general overview of FCSS programs can be seen on a provincial association video
Special transportation services
, in cooperation with Deluxe Central Taxi, are available to those persons with special needs who are unable to drive themselves. Once approved, the resident can get to and from their County home and Medicine Hat or Redcliff for a 50 – 50 cost share.
The Cypress View Foundation provides supportive social housing for low to moderate-income seniors. The County, the Town of Redcliff and the City of Medicine Hat operate this non-profit organization to provide affordable senior housing and corresponding services, for those in greatest need, in an efficient, effective and caring manner.
Shortgrass Library System is important to the County to provide access to library materials in the region and from across the province. Access to books, DVD's', video conferencing and electronic resources is there to help keep residents connected to leading edge information. There are two libraries in the County, in Irvine and Ralston.
Cypress County provides funding for these services to make them more accessible to county residents:
- AHS Children, Youth & Families - Addiction and Mental Health: Virtual Education
- Togetherall is a free, safe, online peer to peer mental health community that can be accessed by all Albertans, aged 16 years and older, who are experiencing and struggling with stress and are in need of support and resources. Togetherall is a safe and anonymous online space, available 24/7/365, for people to use when they are feeling down, struggling to cope, or just wanting to talk to someone that understands their situation.
- OakNet - free, excellent source that provides legal information for Seniors on issues such as abuse, wills, estates, housing, scams, fraud, relationships, travel, and more.
- Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta - CPLEA is a free source of legal information for Albertans.
If you have any questions regarding community and support services please call the office at (403) 526-2888