Information and Referral

One of the basic and most valued services provided by FCSS is information and referral. As we live in a rural community, many of the agencies and services required by community members are not located within the County. However, FCSS is present to offer assistance to access and liaise on behalf of individuals to meet their needs. Over 200 referrals are made each year. These referrals have included, but are not limited to family counseling, marriage counseling, child abuse advocacy, mental health services, farm aid, seniors’ services, food hamper acquisition and general information. Our ongoing mission is to connect people to the assistance they require to promote a healthy and strong self-sustaining community.

Lamont County Food Bank

To Request a food hamper call 780-619-6955.

Please note: All requests must be made by 12 noon on Tuesday of each week. Food Hampers are available for pick up on Thursdays; a representative from the food bank will set up an exact pick-up time. Distribution is limited to one hamper per household per month.

Originally an FCSS initiative, this Program has expanded in the last 3 years. FCSS is pleased to now partner with the Lamont Alliance Church, Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank and local volunteers that provide this service to County residents. In 2011 the program joined forces with the Lamont and Area Christmas Hamper to become the Lamont and Area Food Hamper providing county residence increased access to services and additional awareness. In 2012 additional support from local food drives in schools and local events has increased the stability and sustainability of this program in the upcoming year. This year the Food Hamper commenced an additional initiative to support local Breakfast Programs in both Lamont and Bruderheim School. During 2012 the Food Hamper provided hampers to an average of 4-6 families per week which compares to the 2-4 hampers per month in 2008.

Interagency Coordination

Interagency is a collaborative group that is made up of community members and local service providers. The purpose of the group is to exchange information and is based on the philosophy that many heads are better than one. During these meetings service representatives share information regarding programs and services as well as brainstorm with each other to create, distribute and maintain valued resources throughout the community. The meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend and new members are always welcome.

Community Counseling

Fort Saskatchewan: 1-866-992-6267
Vegreville: 1-877-482-6215

FCSS Lamont County Region provides individuals, couples and families confidential, professional counseling. This service made possible by a continuing partnership with Fort Saskatchewan and Vegreville FCSS and is available to any resident of Lamont County, including all urban municipalities. Counseling is provided for but is not limited to: *Marriage/family conflicts *Relationship issues *Financial/legal* Addictions *Emotional/personal *Conflict Resolution* Grief recovery* Abuse* etc. Fees are subsidized and based on a sliding fee scale according to gross household income.