The PACSC has contracts with the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy, Ministry of Social Services, City of Prince Albert and SARCAN and provides services and community programming for residents in and around Prince Albert.
Bill Powalinsky, CEO with the PACSC, said the organization has great funders and positive partnerships with business, community groups and government.
Services provided by the PACSC include:
Budget Counselling: Working with those who lack the skills to manage money, clients are referred through Social Services due to challenges such as mental health issues, substance abuse, addictions, brain injury or reduced intellectual capacity.
Guiding Future Visions: Now in its eighth year, this program supports families receiving the Transitional Employment Allowance and Social Assistance benefits. The program includes a 16-week “Parents Reaching Employment” course, aimed at helping participants complete employment training, develop positive work habits, and enhance life skills. According to the PACSC, an average of 60 per cent complete the program, 25 per cent find employment, and 15 per cent enroll in additional education programs.
Prince Albert Supported Employment: The PASE program provides supported employment services to adults with a disability who have experienced barriers to employment. Facilitators work with local employers and education facilities to offer work experience and training programs.
Work Preparation: This program works with adults who have trouble either finding or maintaining employment, due to a variety of factors that may include a lack of childcare, language barriers, substance abuse, poor mental health, lack of education or a limited work history. The Work Preparation program works with employers to help adults gain work experience.
Seniors and Special Needs Transportation Services: This service provides transportation to seniors and those with mobility issues in the community. This year, the PACSC received additional funding and has extended services into the evenings and all day on Sundays. PACSC’s major fundraiser for Senior’s Transportation is the Two Miles for Mary radio-thon. The event raised more than $35,000 in 2016.
Pine Industries: Pine Industries operates the city’s two SARCAN depots, along North Industrial Drive and the main depot on Fifth Avenue East. Last year, the two depots processed more than 30 million containers, 87 tub skids of paint (4 feet x 4 feet x 3 feet), 122,000 pounds of computer monitors and 89,000 pounds of other electronics. The two SARCAN facilities employ 31 people locally. A new express depot location opened in early July inside the former Schwan’s Food building. The two SARCAN locations are listed in the Top 4 locations in Saskatchewan for cost efficiency.
To learn more about the Prince Albert and District Community Services Centre and their various programs, visit their newly-designed website at http://www.pacsc.com