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This Edition: Home Is Where The Heart Is
 

Staying in the Home They Love


83-year-old Gordon and 84-year-old Patricia have travelled the world together. From South American cruises, Mediterranean vacations, going down the Amazon, to heading up north to Alaska, the list goes on. Though they may consider more adventures in the future one thing is clear - there’s no place like home. “I love it here,” said Patricia.

Their story started in Halifax, Nova Scotia where Gordon was stationed in the Navy from 1951 to 1956. Patricia lived in Bedford, Nova Scotia at the time and they first met at a local dance. Two children later, they will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this coming July and couldn’t be happier.

The couple have been living in their current home in Cambridge, Ontario for many years and would like to stay there as long as they can. One of the ways they are extending their time in the home they love is through supports offered by Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC).

When Gordon retired 23 years ago, he volunteered as a driver with P.A.T.E.R (People Assisting in Transporting Elderly Residents), a program that is now part of CSC. Little did Gordon know he’d be needing CSC’s transportation program for himself years later after sustaining an injury and could no longer drive. Though he is able to get behind the wheel again, he is so glad to know there is a service available to get to the important places he needs to be when he can’t get there himself.

“It’s there when I need it, you know. It’s good!”

It didn’t take long for Gordon and Patricia to start receiving hot, nutritious Meals on Wheels and they have also been matched with a brokered worker who helps them with household duties.

“When you can’t look after yourself or wife I would say get Meals on Wheels," said Gordon. "The price is right, it’s complete, delicious and hot…it’s something great if you need help in your home to keep it going, it’s a great organization.”

Not having to go out and get groceries is one benefit of Meals on Wheels, but Gordon said the most important part is that there isn’t as many dishes to wash. “It gives me a break”, he said. Patricia, with a big smile across her face, said she’s just glad she doesn’t have to do it herself.

When asked what they love about home, Gordon and Patricia couldn’t quite point to one thing. Perhaps it’s because sometimes, even when there’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored, there’s no better place than home.

If you or a loved one is in need of help to live at home with independence and dignity, please call our office at 519-772-8787 and one of our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you to determine what services would best suit yours or a loved ones needs.
 

Heart & Stroke Month

February is Heart & Stroke Month and we encourage everyone to learn about your heart's health! Just a quick glance of the Heart & Stroke Foundation's website can be life changing as there is an abundance of learning opportunities and tools to help prevent heart disease and stroke. Their newly redesigned app, 30 Days to a Healthier Heart, caught our eye as a great tool offering motivation with small actions that target your personal heart disease and stroke risk factors.

Two key prevention areas of heart disease and stroke are healthy eating and increased physical activity. At CSC we do our part by helping to ensure local seniors and adults with disabilities have access to a hot, nutritious meal through our Meals on Wheels and Community Dining programs. We also strive to improve physical activity by offering over 100 free gentle exercise classes across Waterloo Region. If you or someone you know might benefit from these programs, please give our office a call at 519-772-8787.

Make your heart a priority and visit www.heartandstroke.com.

Feature Volunteer Opportunity: Friendly Visiting


Bring warmth to people's hearts by dedicating a few hours a month to one of our clients. Last year our dedicated volunteers provided over 12,000 friendly visits and calls to seniors and adults with a disability who feel lonely and isolated in their homes. During weekly visits arranged at a mutually agreed upon time, visitors can chat, play games or take their friend to the mall or out for coffee.

Barb is a Friendly Visitor with CSC and has been matched with her friend Sue for 8 years. Barb said that Sue "loves it" and feels "so lucky and appreciative." Barb also does reassurance calls and said "everyone is very grateful for the calls as clients are often isolated in their apartments and can not get out to socialize."  

"Friendly visiting is a vital program. The organization is called Community Support Connections. We make those connections." Barb - CSC Friendly Visitor

If you are interested in becoming a Friendly Visitor (CSC provides services in Kitchener and Waterloo) or if would like to do reassurance calls, call 519-772-8787 and ask for Ann at ext. 205 or email annr@cscmow.org. You may also choose to apply online at
 http://communitysupportconnections.org/volunteer/apply/.

Upcoming Volunteer Training


Did you know seniors and people with disabilities are more likely to be injured in a fire than other members of the population? All volunteers are invited to attend agency-wide training focused on Fire Safety. Our volunteers play a crucial role in helping keep our clients safe in their own homes and are often referred to as the "eyes and ears" of our clients. We have two time options for our upcoming Agency Wide Volunteer Training Session!

Agency Wide Training:
Guest Speaker John Percy, Public Education Officer with Waterloo Fire Rescue
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location:  Columbia Police Station, 45 Columbia St. E., Waterloo (Please park at 55 Columbia St. E., at the Activa Building next to the Police station.)

Agency Wide Training:
Guest Speaker Damond Jamieson, City of Cambridge
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Location: CSC's Cambridge Office, 887 Langs Dr., Cambridge

Please feel free to bring a friend to your session! Light refreshments will be provided.

Save the Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016  
In Breslau only: 2:00pm-4:00pm for a Kitchen Volunteers Gathering and 6:00pm-8:00pm for a Transportation Volunteers Gathering, both in the Strassburger Room.
 
If you have any questions or if you would like to RSVP, please call 519-772-8787 and ask for Ann at ext. 205 or email annr@cscmow.org.

Upcoming Office Closures 
 

Our offices will be closed Monday February 15th for Family Day and will reopen Tuesday February 16th.

Meals on Wheels clients can call our office to order an extra frozen meal to be delivered ahead of time for that day if required.

CSC's Event Dates 2016!

Drive to Deliver Golf Tournament - Tuesday, May 17
* New this year! Drive to Deliver is merging with Golf Social! Two very different tournaments are joining forces to create one unforgettable day of golf. We're adding more challenges, more networking opportunities, and more lasting memories. All updates and info will be made available on the Golf Social website and social media outlets. 
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Tacofest - Friday, June 24
Tacos. Craft beer. Good times.
Tacofest features local tacos and craft beer generously donated for a fun night out with friends.
www.tacofest.ca 
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Mayor's Souper Sampler for Meals on Wheels - Saturday, October 22
Local restaurants and caterers bring their best broths to compete for the Best Soup trophy. Attendees can vote for the People's Choice!
https://soupersampler.wordpress.com/

For more event details or if would like to learn about our sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lauren at 519-772-8787 ext. 224 or email laurenf@cscmow.org.

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