Message from the Executive Director
Since its formation in 1972, Helping Hands has evolved and grown to meet the changing needs of our clients living in Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Severn and Ramara townships. Our organization is part of the fabric of these communities, supporting seniors and adults with disabilities to maintain their quality of life, to reduce their dependence on health care and to bring independence home.
We serve approximately 1,400 clients, coordinate 150 volunteers and employ 90 staff members, working to support people’s ability to live independently in their own homes. I thank all of our staff members for their dedication and hard work to make Helping Hands a success, along with our volunteers and Board members. Without the service of our many volunteers, our model of care would not be possible.
In this climate of limited resources converging with a growing demand on health care and community support services, Helping Hands wants to ensure it is well positioned to meet the challenges in the years to come. Though it is difficult to predict the ultimate evolution of our health care system, it is certain that community support service agencies, like Helping Hands, will be called upon to play a greater role to support those in our community who rely on home support services. These are exciting times for us because this focus toward community support will create new opportunities for Helping Hands to assist our clients. However, it will also come with new challenges and accountabilities; expectations from the government and the public. It is incumbent upon our organization to be innovative in our support, to be courageous and confident in our abilities, and to never forget our place in the community we serve.
Helping Hands prides itself on providing safe, reliable and consistent services. Our clients can expect us to show a leadership role in the evolution of community-based health care and to provide them with the comfort and stability they need to maintain their independence at home.
Rob Soczka,B. Comm.