submitted by Jill Woodley
Welcome to Seniors’ Community Services! If you have had the pleasure to visit the centre on a Tuesday, that is the welcome you will receive from the incomparable Chris Morgan who volunteers at the reception desk. He is just one of the close to 100 volunteers who are the heartbeat of our volunteer driven organization. It is the sum of their kindness and dedication that bring so much to the services we provide to seniors and adults with physical disabilities living independently in the North Grenville community. Although there are many who know who we are, we thought it might be handy to introduce ourselves to those who have heard our name, but may not be familiar with the breadth of our services in the community.
SCS is a grassroots non-profit that began in the early 1980s when the unique needs of the aging population were recognized as a priority area for ensuring older adults had the option to live independently in their own homes. The catalyst to support was local resident, Rita Dinner and a group of friends. Through interviews with people in long-term care, they determined that many seniors who were living in retirement homes could, with support, live independently at home. The volunteers worked tirelessly to secure funding to support the Meals on Wheels and transportation initiatives that remain fundamental services today.
In 2020, our operating name changed from Kemptville and District Home Support to Seniors’ Community Services. This new name was founded on a collective agreement by staff and the Board of Directors that embraced the positive growth of the organization within North Grenville. SCS is dedicated to understanding and meeting the changing needs of our community, and providing programs and services that are accessible, relevant, and progressive.
Our services and programs are as diverse as those we serve, and designed to support the unique needs of those aging in place. Our transportation service ensures access to vital appointments, or a trip to the grocery store. Volunteer drivers clocked over 73,000 kms last year! Meals on Wheels—over 7700 meals delivered by volunteers in 2021—are delivered by volunteers’ rain or shine and provide a great opportunity for connection.
Our centre is located in the heart of Kemptville on Sanders Street, and serves as a hub for drop-in activities, virtual programs, a weekly Diners Club–a delicious lunch prepared and served by our outstanding volunteers–and our twice weekly footcare clinic. It is a warm and inclusive atmosphere for gathering for a game or two of euchre or crib, or enjoying an afternoon with the Yak and Yarn folks. If you are more comfortable at home, the centre comes to you! Seniors’ Centre
Without Walls provides a space for connection on the phone for guest speakers, trivia and live music. Our exercise programs provide the opportunity seven times a week to keep physically active, rounding out a healthy lifestyle.
“It is a meeting place, a social hub that makes sure no one is lonely, and so many friendships have been made there.” Keith, SCS client
We look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces after a long two years of uncertainty. Reach out at 613-258-3203 or at [email protected] to learn more about how our programs and services can support you, or a loved one live well at home. Our website is full of information too at www.seniorscs.ca. We look forward to meeting you!