“Keep Smiling under these Homemade Masks!” – May 22, 2020
Our new connection between ACTS (Arnprior area Churches Together in Service) just keeps on giving. Not only, together as a team, are we able to help out the Seniors in our Community with an ‘additional’ Grocery Program during COVID-19 for ‘free’ but we also just received an anonymous donation of 15 Face Masks with more to come, which was an anonymous donation through an ACTS initiative.
It is easy to see that the Masks are created and made with love, by Jenna Parmiter (1), Owner of, FLUTTERWINGS who graciously sold them at a discounted price.
Thank you to our ANONYMOUS DONOR for these beautiful Masks for our Seniors.
Helping keep our seniors safe is Guy Robitaille of River Stone Christian Fellowship, who organized a contingent of volunteers to deliver groceries to Arnprior clients. – Derek Dunn/Torstar
It was perfect timing.
When Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. (ABMSH) put out the call for additional volunteers to help deliver groceries to local seniors, the ACTS (Arnprior area Churches Together in Service) Facebook page had just been created.
“We wanted to provide an outlet for everybody who had any needs in the community for local churches to rally and meet,” said Guy Robitaille of Arnprior, noting it was Kimberly O’Brien from Gateway Church who created the page.
ACTS also contacted the seniors at home program, as well as the food bank, to see how members could help.
“Seniors at home had just received 21 new requests from seniors to provide shopping and delivery of groceries — it was really good timing — so I took that on,” said Robitaille.
Because there’s a requirement for drivers to be 55 and under (“I’m 62”) Robitaille’s task was to recruit and organize the ACTS volunteers.
“The drivers I was able to line up were from three different churches — River Stone Christian Fellowship, Gateway Church and First Baptist,” said Robitaille.
He was surprised at how quickly he was able to organize the drivers.
“Within three or four days, we had 21 drivers,” he said. “It was really unbelievable how fast the churches came together to offer their help.”
By all accounts, the clients as well as the organizations, have been great to work with.
NEWS“Every driver is paired with one senior, so there’s a relationship being built. In this time, it’s crucial seniors have some contact with the outside world, so to speak,” said Robitaille.
To Robitaille, a desire to help comes naturally.
He’s the founder and president of Love Made Real Ministries, a non-profit organization that supports widows and orphans in Guatemala, where he once lived.
“Since I’ve been back in Canada I’m devoting some of my time to community outreach through our church,” said Robitaille who is outreach co-ordinator at River Stone Christian Fellowship in Arnprior. “That’s just the way I am, I want to do the right thing.”
ACTS volunteers have also been working with the Arnprior and District Food Bank, helping with delivery to vulnerable clients.
Pre-pandemic, Arnprior and Renfrew had a wealth of seniors’ resources on offer. Home support agencies in both communities, as well as the Seniors’ Active Learning Centre in Arnprior and Golden Age Activity Centre in Renfrew, provided plenty of services and activities for the large local seniors’ populations.
The centres are now closed but some of the essential programs continue to run and need has increased.
“We’re very concerned about the social isolation,” said Dennis Harrington, executive director of both Seniors at Home organizations. “We’re coming up with unique ways to alleviate some of the stress they’re feeling at home.”
Initiatives include daily wellness checks by phone and an extension of the shopping programs that were already in place.
“We make sure they’re OK, ask if they have everything they need when it comes to groceries and medication,” said Harrington. “We have community volunteers who have stepped up and we’re very grateful to those volunteers.”
Partnerships with local churches and organizations have helped bolster the volunteer contingent.
The frozen meal program has been extended and free delivery is being offered in town.
How are local seniors faring through the crisis?
“They are holding up OK. They’re a strong group. They’ve been through a lot and they are holding up well,” said Harrington. “We’re getting good comments back and people are very appreciative of our phone calls.”
If someone is aware of a senior who could use support he urged them to contact Seniors at Home.
“We’ll reach out whether they’re a client of ours or not,” he said. “We want to see everybody looked after.”
And he reminded seniors that help and support is just a phone call or email away.
The Seniors at Home groups themselves may eventually be facing a funding crisis.
“Typically, our agencies are funded about 45 per cent from the ministry,” said Harrington. “The rest of that money comes from client fees and donations, which have all but seized. All these events that raise money to keep the light on and the doors open, they’re not happening. If anyone would like to donate to any of the organizations throughout Renfrew County it would be most appreciated at this time.”
STORY BEHIND THE STORY
Our seniors are among the most vulnerable as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues. We checked in with our local seniors’ agency and an Arnprior volunteer to see what is being done to keep seniors safe.
Welcome addition to the fleet of ABM Seniors at Home – March 2, 2020
A $400,000 grant from the Ministry of Transportation through the Ontario Community Transportation Grant program has provided a welcome addition to the fleet of Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home. Executive Director Dennis Harrington proudly showed off the acquisition this morning at Arnprior Town Hall. Harrington says the new, large van brings Seniors at Home’s fleet total to six vehicles and greatly enhances capacity. The accessible van approval was one of only 39 successful across Ontario.
The accessible vehicle to support the Local Community Transportation program has arrived. This new vehicle is available to Arnprior residents through a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), under their Ontario Community Transportation Grant program. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/vSMo50yAUXq
Para-Transit Care Coach Fundraiser reaches $28,000 – February 10th, 2020
We are less than $2000.00 away from our goal of raising $30,000.00 in support of our Para Transit CARE Coach! Help us to reach our goal by donating towards this essential service in our community. Please donate before March 31, 2020, in person at the Seniors at Home Office, 106 McGonigal St. W, Arnprior, Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm or ONLINE at cssagency.ca. Charitable tax receipts are provided.
2019 News and Press Releases
goZoom.ca owners Ian & Lynda Fraser donate 100 Hot Turkey Dinners – December 2019
100 HOT TURKEY DINNERS, have been delivered to clients of the Seniors at Home Program over the past 2 weeks! Courtesy of the very generous Ian and Lynda Fraser of GoZoom and Katie Bears, and prepared by Sandee’s Country Kitchen, the staff of Seniors at Home were very happy to coordinate and deliver these meals to some very happy recipients. Pictured from left are, Ian and Lynda Fraser, Laurie Dupuis (Seniors at Home), Sandee Rosein (Sandee’s Country Kitchen), and Nancy Peck and Maurice Burnette (Seniors at Home).
Annual Seniors at Home Christmas Party – December 2019
It’s Always a Merry Christmas with Seniors at Home!
It’s always a festive time at the Seniors at Home annual Christmas Party. A crowd of 200 attended the event on Friday December 13, 2019 at St. John Chrysostom Parish Hall. Arnprior’s local fire department volunteered their time to serve a delicious turkey meal with all the fixings, catered by Jim’s Restaurant, while the musical stylings of Rick Leben entertained. Door prizes were drawn, as well as the bi-annual Mega 50/50 announced, with winner Colleen Blimkie taking home a $1,222.50 prize! Seniors at Home would like to extend a kind thanks to our agency volunteers for their time and effort, making this year’s event a great success and to Kathleen Bender and L’Arche Arnprior for creating the beautiful party favours. Special thanks to our generous sponsors; RONA, Prior Engagements, Milanos, Mama Rosas, Arnprior Villa, Island View Suites, Carp Commons Retirement Village, Knights Inn, Mel’s Flowers, Pilon Family Funeral Home, and Boyce Funeral Home.
Northern Credit Union selects ABM Seniors at Home for their October Community Partner
Para-Transit Coach Fundraiser reaches $20,000 – September 30, 2019
WOW! We’ve reached the $20,000.00 mark on our goal of raising $30,000.00 for our Para Transit Care Coach! Our community depends on this service as it is the ONLY specialized transportation service in Arnprior and McNab/Braeside. If you have not donated to this vital service, please do so by donating here or visiting our office at 106 McGonigal St. West, or call 613-623-7981. If you live in this community, odds are that you or someone you know has used or will use this service at some point in their life. Let’s keep the CARE COACH thriving in our community!
Para-Transit Coach Fundraiser reaches Half Way Goal – August 20, 2019
Over $10,000 Raised in our Yellow Envelope Campaign
Help us reach our Goal of $30,000 in support of our Para-Transit Care Coach! The ONLY specialized transportation service for people of all ages in Arnprior and McNab Braeside. OVER 22,688 trips provided since 2008! Please donate generously either through our website, www.cssagency.ca, by mail or in person at 106 McGonigal St. West, Unit A1, Arnprior, K7S 1M4, or call 613-623-7981. Every bit helps to keep this vital service operating in our community.
Seventh Annual Yellow Envelope Campaign now underway – June 2019
You may have recently received this letter with your mail. We encourage you to take a moment to read it. This year marks our 7th annual campaign to raise funds for our Para Transit Care Coach, the ONLY accessible vehicle service in Arnprior & McNab Braeside. This vital service relies on the generosity of your donations. Since February 2008, we’ve provided 22,688 trips for people requiring accessible transport…whether to work, appointments, social functions or to and from the hospital, members of our community rely on this service, and perhaps you may too! For more information on donating or if you are a business or organization interested in sponsoring our Care Coach, please call 613-623-7981 or email [email protected]
Grand Parade raises close to $10,000 for Arnprior Seniors at Home – June 2019
June 06, 2019 by Becky Ranger, Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home
Everyone loves a parade, especially one for a great cause!
On Saturday, June 1 Arnprior was host to its first annual The Grand Parade, a national walk-a-thon benefiting Seniors Support Services, across Canada. The event was held at Arnprior District High School and followed a route through downtown Arnprior. Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home program partnered with The Blue Sea Foundation, a charitable organization located in Kitchener, Ont. to make the event possible. The Blue Sea Foundation is also responsible for other charitable events, such as Coldest Night of the Year and the Ride for Refuge.
“We were so pleased to be able to work with The Blue Sea Foundation on this event – as a small non-profit agency, their expertise and resources were monumental in making this event a success, here in Arnprior,” says Becky Ranger, development co-ordinator for Seniors at Home. “While final numbers are still to be announced, we expect to be close to the $10,000 mark, and this is just our first year.”
Once fundraising numbers are finalized, Seniors at Home will receive a grant from The Blue Sea Foundation for 70 per cent of the profits raised.
“Given the overhead costs of hosting events, and the many resources provided by Blue Sea, this has been a great partnership for us that we hope to continue in the future,” said Ranger.
Approximately 80 people participated this year, either as walkers or volunteers and the Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program would like to see this grow in the years ahead.
“We are so grateful to all who participated and helped get the event off the ground – we can’t wait to make it bigger and better, next year!” Ranger added.
To be part of the walk, participants either chose to pay a registration fee or pledge to raise a minimum of $150.
“Special thanks to Tim Hortons and Oldies 107.7 for sponsoring the event. You can expect to see advertisements for next year’s walk in March 2020, but if you would like more information or are a business interested in sponsoring next year’s event, you can contact Becky Ranger, [email protected], 613-623-7981”
RBC Arnprior Branch Donate $1000 in support to Seniors at Home Program – March 2019
Dennis Harrington, Executive Director ABMSH and Becky Ranger, Development Coordinator ABMSH, accepting a cheque for $1000 from Jackie Laughlin, RBC Arnprior Branch Community Manager. They are surrounded by RBC volunteers at the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, on Saturday March 16th.
Arnprior & Area Rural Health Hub support the 2018 Angel Tree Campaign
Thank you to the Arnprior & Area Rural Health Hub, for their support of our 2018 Angel Tree Campaign. The Rural Health Hub brings together the resources and expertise of Arnprior Rural Health, the Arnprior & District Family Health Team, Renfrew & County District Health Unit, Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program, and Champlain LHIN’s Home and Community Care, to focus on improving access to local services, making transitions between service providers as seamless as possible. Pictured here, presenting a cheque for $378.00 to Dennis Harrington, Executive Director (ABMSH), is Susan Leach, Vice President Patient/Resident Services and Chief Executive Nurse (left) and Karen Simpson, Executive Director Arnprior & District Family Health Team (right).
2018 News and Press Releases
Thank you Members of the Arnprior Quilting Guild – 2018
Thank you to Anne Cruickshank and all members of the Arnprior Quilting Guild who donated beautifully handcrafted placemats for clients of the Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors At Home’s ‘Meals on Wheels’ program. “Everyone was thrilled to receive them. There was such beauty and love with every stitch. It will brighten up all their days each time that they look at them. What a beautiful thing to do for our community again this year”, Nancy Peck, Program Coordinator, ABMSH.
Pictured is Ashton Williams of The Grove Kitchen Staff with ABMSH’s Volunteer Driver, John Fisher and his beautiful granddaughter Lina who together with Volunteer Drivers, Elwood and Kay Johnston, delivered to the clients just before the Christmas holidays. Photo by Nancy Peck, Program Coordinator, ABMSH
goZoom.ca owners Lynda and Ian Fraser donate 100 Hot Meals
Generosity is abound in Arnprior! Lynda and Ian Fraser owners of goZoom.ca gave back to the community that has supported them over the years with 100 hot meals delivered from Sandee’s Country Kitchen to 100 grateful folks. The dinners were delivered the week of December 10th and 17th with the help of Seniors at Home’s volunteers, left to right, Gilbert and Nancy Paquette, Judi and Ed Hill, Denise Belanger and Patti Farr of Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. along with Ian and Lynda Fraser of goZoom.ca and Sandee Rosien and Mike Wurm of Sandee’s Country Kitchen. Thank you and God Bless!
BWXT Donates $500.00 in support of Seniors at Home – 2018
Gordon Hill, B.A., Manager EHS and Quality, BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. Arnprior location, presented a cheque on behalf of BWXT in the amount of $500.00 to Seniors at Home as represented by both Mandy Stinson, Administrative Assistant and Dennis Harrington, Executive Director on Tuesday, December 11th. The donation supports both the ‘Angel Tree for the Love of a Senior’ and ‘Yellow Envelope Keep the Wheels Turning Para Transit Campaign’. Photo by Liz Wall
Angel Tree for the Love of a Senior – Country Style – W.O. Stinson & Son – 2018
Brian Gunn’s Cruz Night Supports Seniors at Home – 2018
Brian Gunn, organizer of the Braeside Father’s Day Car Show & Barbeque as well as the newly formed Monday Cruz Night held this past summer in the parking lot of both Canadian Tire and A & W, was a special guest at the October Development Committee Meeting. Brian presented the fundraising committee with $500.00 which represents profit from the 50/50 draws that took place at Cruz Nights. Thank you, Brian from, back left, Mandy Stinson, Administrative Assistant, Dennis Harrington, Executive Director, Pat Washington and Sandra Hall both committee members. Front row, left, Heather Lang, Kathleen Bender, Phyllis Doherty-Hereford and Karen Townley, Development Committee members. Missing; Nancy Paquette, Sylvia Patterson and Liz Wall. Photo by Liz Wall
Bridge Club Donates to Dare to Care Yellow Envelope 2018 Campaign
The good folks of Island View Retirement Residents (IVRR) presented a cheque in the amount of $470.00 to the Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. (ABMSH) Dare to Care Yellow Envelope Campaign with funds raised through the residents council’s card night. On hand for the recent presentation, left, Luke Goulette, general manager (IVRR), Marjorie Hyndman, residents council, Colin Borshevsky, Para Transit Driver, (ABMSH,) Isabel Judd, chair of the resident’s bridge club and accepting the cheque on behalf of ABMSH, Mandy Stinson, Administrative Assistant. Photo by Nancy Peck
Arnprior Rotary Club supports Para Transit Vehicle – 2018
The Arnprior Rotary Club, an official sponsor of the Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors At Home Program Inc. (ABMSH) Para Transit Care Coach recently presented $800.00 which is their yearly donation in support of the service. From left are Colin Borshevsky, Para Transit Driver, Dennis Harrington, Executive Director ABMSH, Dave Palmer, President Arnprior Rotary and Bruce Buie, Secretary and Past President. Bruce also proudly displays the 2019 Rotary Club’s cash calendar now available at various locations including Seniors at Home, 106 McGonigal Street West. The bonus ‘early bird’ draws of $500 $300 and $200 take place 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 24th at the Christmas Craft-Bake-Business Fair at the Nick Smith Centre/Masonic Hall. Photo by Liz Wall
Clancy’s Drug Store sponsors Care Coach – 2018
Photo by Liz Wall, Development Coordinator
Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc.(ABMSH) wishes to acknowledge and thank Sam Boualavong, (far right) Pharmacist and Owner of Clancy’s Drug Store for her official sponsorship of the Agency’s Para Transit Care Coach. Sam is pictured here with Colin Borshevsky (far left) Para Transit Drive, ABMSH, accepting a cheque in the amount of $450.00 which represents Clancy’s yearly support of the Para Transit Service. Also on hand for the presentation, left to right, Judy Hubert (Registered Pharmacy Technician) Bev Theros (Pharmacy Assistant)
Debbie Sul (Pharmacy Assistant) with representation by ABMSH’s client Leonard Laventure. Leonard is one of many living in our community who depends on this vital transportation service for his independence making life easier for him to socialize, volunteer and work.
Thank You Sam Boualavong of Clancy’s Drug Store. You are a true supporter of the communities you serve.
Trivia Night to support your local Community Support Services Agency
Call your fiends up and plan for a night out, Wednesday, October 24 for a Trivia Night at East Side Mario’s and while doing it why not challenge the March Winners as pictured below. Teams of 4 or 5 welcome. Cost $10.00 per player with advance registration available by dropping by or contacting Seniors at Home 613-623-7981/[email protected] or East Side Mario’s 613-623-6060. If you attended March’s event you will recall how much fun it was with host Jason Marshall of Valley Heritage Radio. Hope to see you and your team while supporting your local Community Support Services Agency
Taste of the Valley Event – Arnprior Edition
The Town of Arnprior has been accepted as a Taste of the Valley Location for 2018. The last market of the Season, September 30th,, will be a Taste of the Valley Event. Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors at Home will be there offering homemade baked goodies, local grown preserves, handcrafted ideas for gift giving and a chance to win $1000.00 (Mega 50/50 raffle with draw to take place December 13, 2018 at the Annual Senior’s Christmas Party)
Arnprior Curling Club Supports Seniors at Home…
The Arnprior Curling Club hosted, at the Sandpoint Golf Course, the Ottawa Valley Curling Association Golf Event on Sunday, May 27th with Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. recipient of a Charity Donation in the amount of $2,000. The donation was accepted on July 13 by staff members, left, Mike Walsh, ABMSH Driver and Mandy Stinson, Administrative Assistant ABMSH, as presented by Joe Ferrari, President ACC and Michael Reid, Treasurer, ACC.
Thank you to everyone who assisted in organizing the event, Board of Directors ACC, those who played in and supported financially, all of which added to the success of the tournament.
A special Thank You to those folks whom Seniors at Home where directly involved during the planning of the event including Mike Imbeau, Social Director ACC, Rose Buse, Volunteer ACC and Bruce Murdoch of Murdoch Electric, sponsor of a hole on behalf of Seniors at Home.
Photo by Liz Wall, Development Coordinator, ABMSH
Memorial Live Butterfly Release
By Liz Wall, Seniors at Home
Join us for an afternoon of Remembrance and Sharing.
Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors at Home Program Inc. (ABMSH) is hosting their First Annual Memorial Live Butterfly Release, to honour loved ones, takes flight at 11:00am on Sunday, August 19th in Robert Simpson Park.
How does it work? You have the opportunity to purchase a Monarch Butterfly, between now and August 10th, at ABMSH’s office located at 106 McGonigal Street West – Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm. Upon introducing yourself at the official registration tent the day of the event (between 11 and 11:15am you will receive your butterfly in a special designed container. When instructed everyone will release their butterfly, but not before making your own distinctive wish, sending it to your loved one in the wings of the Monarch Butterfly.
According to an Indian Legend, since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly cannot reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all. In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants the wish. According to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to your loved ones in the wings of the butterfly and be granted.
This is a special fundraiser for Seniors at Home with 100% of the proceeds going back to your Community Support Services Agency.
Cost: One butterfly $25.00, two/$45.00, three/$70.00, four/$85.00 and five/$100.00. ABMSH accepts cash, cheque, Debit Card, Visa, MasterCard and E-Transfer (please email [email protected]).
An official Income Tax Receipt will be issued at time of payment.
Upon purchasing your butterfly, you have another opportunity to share the name/names of your loved one/ones. The names of those being remembered will be read aloud as shared by Lisa Smith of Boyce Funeral Home
Also included in the Memorial Live Butterfly, special musical performances by local musician Vicki Brittle, the reading of the Indian Legend by Andre and Gina Pilon of Pilon Family Funeral Home. There will be refreshments available for purchase with all followed at 2:00pm by Kyle Felhaver featured musician for the final Music In the Park performance of the summer.
A Butterfly Release is considered a symbolic event representing the transformation of the spirit of our loved one and the completion of a life cycle, they are finally free and have taken flight.
When a loved one becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasurer.
Plan now to share in the experience, memory and treasurer of Seniors at Home’s Memorial Live Butterfly Release.
2017 News and Press Releases
Pay it Forward
‘Angel Tree for the Love of a Senior’ – Is for those wishing to make a special purchase at this time of the year to help provide for Seniors (age 55 and over) and those with special needs, no matter the age. Pick an Angel that suits your budget knowing it will provide for someone very special. The Angel Tree For the Love of a Senior is available at four locations throughout town: Rona, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Stinson & Son and at Seniors at Home, 106 McGongial Street West, Arnpior. Two of our Angels, Nancy Peck (left) Program Coordinator/In-Town Transportation Driver and Mandy Stinson, Administrative Assistant – will be more than happy to assist you.
More Information: Liz Wall, Development Coordinator, 613-623-7301 or email [email protected]
Antiques Treasurers & Treats Support Yellow Envelope Campaign
We are very thankful for all the support the Agency receives from the many local businesses including Judy and Mike Wilson of Antiques, Treasures and Treats who hosted a fundraiser for ABMSH which saw their customers receive a discount with every donation made to our Agency. A total of $150.00 was collected for the Yellow Envelope Dare to Care Keep the Wheels Turning Campaign.
Antiques, Treasurers & Treats is located at 260 Elgin Street West, Arnprior. 613-623-3858 or view all they have to offer at www.antiquesandtreats.com.
TUNE IN – Community Partners for August, 2017, Oldies107.7 and Seniors at Home.
LISTEN and REACT to our commercial as produced by Lynn Grinstead, General Manager, and the production team at My Broadcasting Corporation (mbc).