Working with Families for Strong Community

Program Listing

Family Resources

Early Years

Resources and support for parents and their children 0-6 years old.  Providing training for Family Navigators (FAN) and Traditional Family Parenting (COINS).

Family Advancement

Family Advancement: Group and/or individual support and education for families in order to develop new skills and strategies that address family risk factors. Includes the provision of Nobody’s Perfect, Circle of Security and other parenting programs.

StrongStart Fruitvale

StrongStart is a free, school-based Early Learning Program located at Fruitvale Elementary school. For children aged 0-5 years and their parent/caregiver.  8:30am to 11:30am Monday to Friday following the school calendar.

Families are welcome to book up to 2 days per week and up to 2 weeks ahead

An easy way to book is through FAIR’s new on-line booking portal – check it out here.  We think the portal is pretty cool, but we are still getting used to it and there are bound to be some hiccups.  If you have any trouble, just send the facilitator an e-mail at and she will get back to you.

All children must be registered with the school district before attending. The  Child/Student Registation forms may be downloaded, printed, completed and presented with the child’s birth certificate on the child’s first day, or may be filled out through the booking portal.

Thank you for your on-going support as we learn new ways to do things to help keep our families healthy and happy.

Trail & Castlegar Childcare Resource and Referral (CCRR)

Assistance to anyone seeking information regarding childcare or becoming a caregiver.  Includes toy lending library, caregiver registry, workshops and playgroups.


Family Counselling

Provides counselling to parents and children or youth in times of family conflict or crisis.  Services available in Trail and Castlegar.

PEACE Program for Children and Youth

Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment for children and youth who have experienced family violence.

Sexual Abuse Intervention Program (SAIP)

Counselling for children and youth who have reported sexual abuse and support for their families.

Stop the Violence Counselling for Women

Counselling for women who have experienced violence or abuse in adult relationships, sexual assault, or childhood sexual abuse

Crisis & Legal Assistance

Community Based Victim Services

Information and emotional support for victims of spousal assault, adult sexual assault, child sexual assault/abuse (and adult survivors) and criminal harassment (stalking).

Interior Crisis Line

Trained staff and volunteers listen, provide information and support in an anonymous and confidential manner. Suicide intervention, referrals to community services and non-judgmental support during challenging times. Serves the entire West Kootenay/Boundary region. This program may be contacted directly 24 hours per day by calling 1-888-353-CARE (2273) 

If you would like to be a Volunteer in this program, please click here to download an application which you can print out, fill in and return to us.  If you do not have access to a printer, just call us at our main office or the Crisis Line Office at 250-364-0274 and we can mail you a copy.

Legal Aid BC Community Partner

Refer and assist people to access Legal Aid BC  representation or brief advice services (e.g., duty counsel, Family LawLINE).

Transition House

The WINS Transition House is a 24 hour shelter for women (with or without children and pets) leaving abusive or violent situations. A safe place to explore options and obtain information in a supportive environment. Includes outreach support for women who don’t choose to stay at the Transition House but require support around abusive or violent situations.  This program may be contacted directly 24 hours per day at 250-364-1543.   


Building Beautiful Babies Pregnancy Outreach

A pregnancy outreach program that offers support, information and resources for pregnant women, new mothers (with babies up to 12 months) and families.

Weekly groups with lunch and guest speakers, plus outreach visits. Food vouchers and free prenatal vitamins available.

Meets at the FAIR Family Centre in the Trail United Church.  Pre-registration is required and days/times may vary.  Please contact the office directly to register.

Nobody’s Perfect

Hands on, practical skill building group for parents offered twice per year; childcare provided.

Circle of Security

This popular program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strenghened.

Offered several times per year.  Pre-registration is required.

Contact the Family Advancement program for more information.

Munchkins and Muffins

Drop-in group for parents and their toddlers/preschoolers.

This group meets at the FAIR Family Centre in the Trail United church.

Contact the Family Advancement program for more information.

Mental Health and Substance Use Family Support drop-in

Support and resources for families of people living with mental health and/or substance use concerns.

Meets 6-8pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month at our Columbia Ave building in Trail.

All are welcome to attend.  This group requires sign up – please contact Lisa Melenka by noon the day before group to sign up.

Click here to download a copy of the poster for this group.  Contact Lisa in the Mental Health and Substance Use program at FAIR’s Columbia Ave office for more information.

Other Community Services

Community Service Directories

Responsible for the creation and updating of several compilations of community services including: KB FETCH ( an online, searchable directory of services in the Kootenay Boundary region, CLOSING THE GAP IN SENIORS CARE: 20 page directories of seniors services in the Kootenay Boundary region and the LOWER COLUMBIA CARING COMMUNITIES MAP of local services.

Lower Columbia Better at Home

Help for older adults to continue living independently  by providing non-medical home support services. Some services may have a fee depending on the senior’s income. Better at Home programs are funded throughout BC by the United Way. The Lower Columbia Better at Home program serves the communities of Rossland through to Fruitvale and surrounding communities.

Mental Health & Substance Use Consumer, Family & Peer Support Programs

Works to support families and individuals in understanding mental health services and develop initiatives for change. Provides resource information and family and peer support options and works to reduce stigma.

Nova Vita Second Stage Housing

Supportive, independent accommodation for women (with or without children) who have left abusive relationships or experienced past abuse The focus is on the development of life skills, achievement of individual goals, and connections to community resources.

Poverty Law Advocate

Provides advocacy services for income assistance, disability assistance, to maintain tenancy, Canada Pension Plan Disability, Employment Insurance, debt, and other income support related programs. The advocate does not provide legal advice, is not a lawyer and does not cover Family Law concerns.

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