Low Income Supports
Subsidized Housekeeping ProgramA new program is available to eligible seniors or persons affected by illness, recent hospitalization, or who may have a disability or physical limitation and are unable to perform regular housekeeping tasks. Proof of physical limitation (unless 80 years of age or older) and income are required. Successful applicants will have access to a professional cleaning service at a rate of $15/hr which, in some cases, can be reimbursed. Call Suzan at 403-933-4348 for more information.
Volunteer Income Tax 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 $40,000 for a married couple. Some restrictions apply (PDF). Two application forms are required; 1 for the CRA - form T1S60, and one for the volunteer organization - Volunteer Tax Application Form (PDF). Taxes will be completed during a Tax Clinic being held in the lower level of the Town of Black Diamond office on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 10:00 to 4:00 with the exception of a one hour lunch break from noon to 1:00. Forms may be filled out in advance or completed at the Tax Clinic. Please bring all of your tax slips with you. You will be able to take your copies and confirmation of e-filing home with you when you leave. Alternatively, if you are unable to make it to the Tax Clinic, you can submit your completed forms and tax slips to the Town of Black Diamond. You will be contacted when your return has been completed. For more information, please contact Suzan Nagel at 403-933-4348, ext 212.
McBride Career Group
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 searching, resume preparation, self-employment, interviewing techniques and much more. Call 403-995-4377 (Okotoks) or 403-601-2660 (High River). View the Assistance Poster (PDF). 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 apartments 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 ProgramLow 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.
Families struggling to make ends meet at Christmas can register with the Oilfields Food Bank for general food hampers and/or "Christmas Dinner" hampers. You can register in person Tuesdays between 1 - 3 pm at the United Church in Turner Valley (lower level) or call 403-612-1291 and leave a message. Someone will return your call. Those requiring assistance with toys for children can contact The Salvation Army at 403-652-2195.
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.