FCSS AND TRANSPORTATION
Programs and staffing remain reduced by 60%, but we are still available to assist you!
Our phone line is open Monday to Friday 8am-4pm.
Our staff are supporting the community by booking appointments and registering for upcoming programs over the phone, as well as arranging drop off and pick ups related to specific programs. FCSS Staff continue to support our citizens with over the phone weekly wellness calls.
FCSS Building tentatively open for partial hours starting the week of July 13 and full opening on August 4
Please call the Front Desk at 780-6036 for program/service support.
Needing a little extra support at home?
Our Home Support program is running normal business hours during COVID with extra precautions in place of course at an affordable price ranging from $8/hour to $25/hour depending on your income level.
The program offers:
- Light housekeeping service
- Support for seniors, persons with disabilities and families in need of temporary support
- Unable to complete household tasks due to physical/mental/emotional difficulties
The program has capacity to take on a few more clients. New clients are becoming a weekly occurrence so try not to hold off too long if this service interests you!
REGIONAL ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION
World Elder Abuse Awareness day was held last week, June 15th. Elder Abuse is becoming more prevalent as our population ages and with that brings a dire need for awareness and education in communities. Our Regional Elder Abuse Coordinator has not slowed down during COVID and it unfortunately does not look like things will any time soon.
THE FACTS & NUMBERS (for May 2020)
- Four calls regarding Dementia Support and referral
- Zero home visits due to COVID
- 18 agency interactions or collaboration
- One new elder abuse referral
- Two ongoing cases, one brought to resolution, other before the court with protection order in place
- 12 provincial participants for the monthly Elder Abuse Round Table Discussion Group
- 27 check in calls with seniors and/or caregivers in Hinton/Edson and Yellowhead County
We continue to make Abuse Prevention a priority. For more information on this program please call FCSS; Regional Elder Abuse Coordinator 780-223-8009.
HINTON KIDS FOR SUCCESS RELAUNCH
Are your kids ready for summertime adventures? Are you in need of reliable, licensed care? Look no further! We identified a need in the community for summer childcare, so Hinton Kids for Success has reopened to provide all-day care throughout summer. Additional safety precautions have been implemented during COVID-19 to keep families safe. Learn more and register online!
Raising a family is hard work. Learn about tools, resources, and techniques to help you become the best caregiver you can be with support from our Caregiver Education Coordinator. Whether you’re looking for some help managing your toddler’s tantrums, some tips for supporting your teen’s mental health, or wanting to build connections with other parents, we can help! Sessions have been moved to phone and online platforms for now during COVID-19. Learn more and register for supports online!
The Hinton Youth Centre is currently closed due to COVID-19, but we are looking forward to reopening with the start of the new school year in fall!
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT HUB
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Tentatively mark your calendar for the next Interagency meeting… September 17.
FREEDOM EXPRESS SERVICE
There were several factors the Town of Hinton considered before the Freedom Express service was temporarily cancelled. The first one was the safety and well being of the passengers. With the uncertainty of COVID -19, we chose not to put the passengers (many of who are already at high risk and vulnerable) into a higher risk / increased exposure environment. The second factor was that there are other transportation services available in the community: Neighborlink, and our Public Transit System. We also considered the demand for service; it has been extremely low as all community and agency programming has been cancelled, and destinations/outings have been significantly reduced. The Freedom Express will remain temporarily out of service for the next little while as we prepare proper safe work practices and guidelines to relaunch the service back into the community safely.
PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM
Ridership continues to increase from the original 50% reduced ridership when COVID-19 first impacted our service! We are currently running this service at 50% capacity; For your safety, every second seat has been taken out of service. All passengers and bus driver’s safety and wellbeing remain priority and with that, extra precautions continue to be put in place. We are highly encouraging passengers to wear masks to help us prevent the spread of COVID-19. We thank you for riding our Public Transit System!