FCSS is a partnership between the Province, Municipalities and Metis Settlements which empowers communities to "design and deliver social programs that are preventative in nature to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families and communities. The FCSS philosophy is based on a belief that self-help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence. The programs developed are intended to help individuals within their communities to adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving the quality of life and building the capacity to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations, should they arise."