Community Connections Society of Southeast BC (CCS) is a non-profit charitable organization that provides programs and services to Cranbrook and the East Kootenay Region. Since incorporation in 1982, CCS has provided integrated, accessible social services to individuals and families throughout the East Kootenay Region. To respond to community needs we deliver quality services both directly and through community partnerships. Originally a women’s collective (Cranbrook Women’s Resource Society) formed to provide safe harbor to women fleeing domestic violence; the agency has grown considerably over the years and has taken in new programs in response to emerging local needs.
CCS manages two hubs of services; Kootenay Child Development Centre (KCDC and Cranbrook Family Connections (CFC). Both hubs are a combination of programs that are managed by CCS and programs/services that our community partners manage but with whom we share the space and the same philosophy of collaborative service delivery.
Cranbrook Family Connections (CFC) is a hub of services created in 2007 with the following agencies/programs co-locating into one location: Bellies to Babies Pregnancy Outreach, ANKORS, Options for Sexual Health, Community Action Program for Children, and a variety of Early Childhood Development programs. In June 2014 CFC moved into a new location and expanded to include Community Connections Administrative office, Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre, Travelling Poverty Advocate Program, Homeless Outreach and Homeless Prevention Program, Better at Home Senior Program, West Kootenay Brain Injury Association and IHA Health Outreach Nurse. We recently added a Walk-In Counseling Clinic 2 days a week.
CFC has become a successful central community access point for support and education, early childhood development, youth development, and health promotion and awareness. It is also an important centre of support for youth who access this building for a variety of sexual health information; middle school students are toured through the centre every school term.
Kootenay Child Development Centre (KCDC) opened, with significant community celebration, in April 2012, after 3 years of focused fund-raising, planning and construction. A 14,000 square foot co-location of child health and development services, the KCDC is in an easily accessible downtown lot. Services benefit families through increased coordination, efficient referrals and availability of tele-health for follow-up appointments with specialists. As well, service providers benefit from easier and more efficient case conferencing and referrals and will also be able to participate in training. Services include 3 pediatricians, East Kootenay Supported Child Development Program, Child Care Resource and Referral Program, East Kootenay Infant Development Program, East Kootenay Behavioural Intervention Program, East Kootenay Friends of Children, and an extensive toy and resource lending library. The centre is also home to the Early Years Program Coordinator. Visiting office space is available and as well the centre also hosts the Interior Health Children’s Assessment Network clinics several times a year.
CCS currently employs approximately 105 part-time and full-time staff to run their programs throughout the region.
CCS also sponsors and provides administrative support to the Cranbrook Food Action Committee and the Early Childhood Development committee.
CCS currently has multiple sources of funding, the highest percentage of which comes from provincial and federal government sources. CCS matches programming with the priorities of funders while at the same time meeting community need.
CCS currently manages Charity Bingos and a small craft store, the proceeds from which support the above listed programs and services.