FCSS - Low Income Supports
McBride Career Group offers job/career assistance. One of the programs currently being offered is the Mature Worker Program for those aged 50+. This flexible, no-cost program assists with workplace skills, job seaching, resume preparation, self-employment, interviewing techniques and much more. Call 403-995-4377 (Okotoks) or 403-601-2660 (High River). View poster here. Be sure to ask about other services if this "Experience Counts" program doesn't fit your needs.
Check out the upcoming Free Career Development Workshops in Okotoks and High River.
Early registrations are important - Workshops cover Career Planning, Resume Writing, Internet Basics for Work Search, and Interview Skills. . Contact the Okotoks office at 409-995-4377 or High River office at 403-601-2660 to find dates and times.
Information about the appartments on Main Street can be found by calling Dave Brown at 403-466-0203.
For information about subsidized housing and rental assistance call the Foothills Foundation directly at 403-652-8600. Application forms can be obtained from the town office. Please call Suzan at 403-933-4348 to arrange pick up or delivery of forms.
- Pool Fee Assistance Program
Low income residents of Turner Valley, Black Diamond and the surrounding MD may qualify
for free pool passes. Limited quantities are available through the Okotoks Family Resource
Centre 403-995-2626. Passes are courtesy of the Town of Turner Valley.
- Diamond Valley Community Christmas Program
Families struggling to make ends meet at Christmas can apply for a toy hamper and/or a special "Christmas Dinner" hamper containing the necessary food items for a traditional Christmas dinner. Those requiring assistance with either Toy or Dinner Hampers are asked to register through the Food Bank any Tuesday between 1- 3 p.m. at the United Church in Turner Valley or call Wendy at 403-933-5859.
- Back to School Program
Low-income families can apply for assistance with back-to-school supplies at the Family Resource Centre in Okotoks 403-995-2626. See program details here.
Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Program
Lower-income residents from the Towns of Black Diamond and Turner Valley, who are unable to complete their basic income tax returns and are unable to pay for assistance, can apply to have volunteer tax preparers process their tax returns. The eligible income cut-off is $30,000 for singles and $45,000 for a married couple. Some restrictions apply. If approved, applications will be given to the Tax Preparers for processing. Two application forms are required; one for the CRA and the other for the volunteer. Please complete only sections A, B, and D of form T1S60 and omit the grey box at the bottom of the Volunteer Tax Application Form. Submit your completed forms along with your tax slips to the Town of Black Diamond. You will be contacted when they have been completed.