The province officially opened Alberta Supports Centre in Red Deer on Friday to make it easier for people to find the social supports and services they need.
Central Albertans will be directed to the centre as a first point of contact to connect with programs and services such as Alberta Seniors Benefit, Child Care Subsidy and Income Support.
“When I was Minister of Seniors and Community Supports we had a vision. This was the vision. That a person could come to one door and find whatever supports they need and not have to be sent somewhere else,” said Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski at the opening Friday afternoon.
She said some people find it frustrating to figure out what programs are available to them and don’t know where to turn for help.
“This is the one-stop shop. This is where you’ll experience less frustration.”
The centre, located on the second floor of First Red Deer Place at 4911 51st St., has seen about 300 clients from Red Deer and the surrounding area since its doors opened at the end of March.
Red Deer is the fifth Alberta Supports Centre to open. Ten will be operating by the end of the summer.
If people prefer, they can also go online at www.albertasupports.ca or call toll-free 1-877-644-9992.
Over the next several months, enhancements will be made to online services to allow Albertans to apply online for select supports.
Alberta Supports was launched in 2011.