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Transitional Bed Program in Barrie
Sep 20th 2017

Exciting news - they've broken ground on our new Transitional Bed Site in Barrie. Keep posted for more news, and details about our Grand Opening!...
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Aug 18th 2017


March for Meals 2017
Jun 26th 2017

The Orillia Mayors deliver Meals on Wheels      ...
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New Transitional Bed Program in Barrie
Apr 21st 2017

The Transitional Bed Program is expanding again!...
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Transitional Bed Program - In the News
Feb 21st 2017

Transitional Bed Program expansion...
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Brechin Transitional Bed Expansion News Release
Feb 14th 2017

News release expansion...
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Bob's Dream
Jan 13th 2017

Making a difference, inter-agency cooperation made Bob's dream come true!...
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When to Visit the ER
Jan 09th 2017

Influenza activity expected to add to high number of emergency room visits!...
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Free Shingles Vaccine to All Ontario Seniors
Jan 03rd 2017

Provincial Program Helps Save Seniors Money and Stay Healthy...
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Orillia hospital partners with community agencies to reduce bed waits
Dec 16th 2016

http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/7010899-orillia-hospital-partners-with-community-agencies-to-reduce-bed-waits/...
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Simcoe County community health organizations receive over $5 million
Dec 16th 2016

http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/7016707-simcoe-county-community-health-organizations-receive-over-5-million/  ...
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Thank You Betty Forward
Aug 31st 2016

http://www.orilliapacket.com/2016/08/30/letter-thank-you-betty...
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Invitation to the Annual General Meeting
Aug 26th 2016

AGM Invitation 2016...
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CTL Community Transportation Link
Aug 15th 2016

Providing more rides, to more people, to more destinations...
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New Multiple Wheelchair Van
May 17th 2016

Helping Hands, Orillia is excited to introduce the newest addition to our fleet! We were funded by the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) recently to purchase a new multi-purpose van with hydraulic lift.  This vehicle is now on the road, serving clients in our community. Why...
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Thank You to Our Area Mayors for Participation in "MARCH FOR MEALS" 2016
Mar 31st 2016

Area mayors recently joined Helping Hands for the ‘March For Meals’ event, delivering food to local clients through the non-profit organization’s Meals on Wheels program. The program relies on volunteers to transport nutritious meals to shut-ins and others who are unable to shop for their own food or cook. Pictured...
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County of Simcoe launches an Age Friendly Survey
Mar 07th 2016

On February 29th, the County of Simcoe launched a new Age-Friendly Simcoe County Survey asking residents in Simcoe County for their input on the age-friendliness of their communities. The survey is part of the County's Age-Friendly Community Initiative, which will help develop strategies and local plans to help make our...
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The Packet & Times Visits the Brechin Site.
Jan 11th 2016

ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Helping Hands personal support worker Dianah Fielder is pictured in the organization's new Brechin facility for those leaving hospital who require additional care.  ...
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Helping Hands Opens New Transitional Bed Program in Brechin
Jan 07th 2016

In collaboration with Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) and the North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network (NSMPCN), Helping Hands is proud to announce the opening of Clint House, a 6 bed transitional program in Brechin, offering beds to clients in the community.  The program is being funded by the...
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A Christmas Wish for Volunteers
Dec 23rd 2015

"It can be medical, it can be social it can be shopping," said Coordinator of Personnel, Victoria Cescon. "It can be visiting family members. We just try to accommodate all client requests." "Not everyone has dealt with people with mobility issues or people with dementia," said. "There is always that...
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An AGM Summary from the new Chair
Nov 02nd 2015

At the 2015 Annual General Meeting, in her message, the Interim Chair, Shannon Hunter, said, “You will see many examples of selfless Helping Hands employees and volunteers working in partnership within the community. It is this type of collaboration that helps make our community a great place to work and live,...
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Volunteers keep services rolling
Oct 23rd 2015

Our volunteers are amazing!!...
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Flag Raising for Community Support Month
Oct 21st 2015

  Helping Hands recently held a flag-raising ceremony in support of October's designation as Community Support Month. "Community Support Month celebrates the variety of community services available, regionally and locally, from Helping Hands," officials noted in a media statement. " These services are provided to seniors and adults with physical...
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Meals on Wheels joins with Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital
Sep 14th 2015

Helping Hands and Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital are forming a new meal partnership, commencing in October, allowing Helping Hands to add additional frozen meal choices to its Meals on Wheels program. "Hot and frozen meal programs are equally popular with our clients, serving seniors and adults with physical disabilities, and...
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Annual General Meeting 2015
Sep 02nd 2015

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting at Swanmore Hall adjacent to the Leacock Museum 50 Museum Dr. Orillia...
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Accessible Picnic Tables and 24 Hour Service
Jul 22nd 2015

The Coldwater Lion’s Club generously donated accessible picnic tables for our clients and tenants who reside at the Mill Street Seniors apartments in Coldwater. They were made to order by TIM-BR Mart in Midland at a  drastically reduced price, enabling the Coldwater Lions club to purchase six of the accessible picnic tables. The tables arrived on site, in...
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Betty Forward founded Helping Hands Orillia 43 years ago
Apr 23rd 2015

It was Miles's idea. Miles, at 16, already an idea man, wanting to work, start a business rather than stay in school. Helping old people, he said, was work that needed doing. If his mother would just fill out the application for an LIP grant -- Miles's handwriting, notes his...
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Helping Hands opens doors
Apr 21st 2015

Helping Hands held an open house on the weekend. On hand for the ribbon cutting were, from left, Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton, Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop, Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes, Severn Mayor Mike Burkett, Ramara Deputy Mayor John O'Donnell, Helping Hands board chair Bob Bowles, Orillia Mayor Steve...
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Canine helping Helping Hands for nearly a decade
Mar 31st 2015

Buddy the golden retriever regularly helps his owner, Vince Campbell, drive those requiring assistance around Orillia. For nearly a decade, the docile canine and Campbell have been volunteering with Helping Hands, which gives a lift to those needing a ride to local appointments, shopping and social engagements....
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Area mayors deliver Meals on Wheels
Mar 25th 2015

Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke, Ramara Township Mayor Basil Clarke and Loretta Hughes, wife of Oro-Medonte Township Mayor Harry Hughes, joined Helping Hands Orillia volunteers and staff at Bayside Restaurant Wednesday afternoon as part of the March for Meals national event. Following the photo, the officials (along with Severn Township Mayor...
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Helping Hands boosting image with new-look vehicles
Mar 12th 2015

Helping Hands Orillia board chair Bob Bowles, personnel co-ordinator Victoria Cescon and transportation co-ordinator Lisa Mossman show off the organization’s new vehicle branding outside its Willow Court Plaza office. Helping Hands will have up to 13 of its vehicles wrapped with the new branding. The wheelchair van pictured is the...
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New Look for Helping Hands
Mar 10th 2015

Helping Hands in Orillia is sporting a new look. The first of its newly designed mobility vans hit the streets on Tuesday. Helping Hands Board Chair Bob Bowles says the newly wrapped vehicles will be a lot more visible that the current vans, which only have small lettering on the...
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LETTER: Aging is a new beginning
Mar 04th 2015

As one gets older, out of shape or less active, health seems to deteriorate. Yes, there are ways to keep busy: swimming at the YMCA, walking, sports, dancing and more. Then, in senior years, more visits to doctors, specialists, more pills, more confusion on taking what pills and when, pains...
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Organization working on strategic plan
Jan 15th 2015

Helping Hands is finalizing its strategic plan. The organization has provided support services in Orillia and the townships of Oro-Medonte, Severn and Ramara for more than 40 years. Since its formation in 1972, Helping Hands has evolved and grown dramatically to meet the needs of the community. Currently, it serves...
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Helping Hands looking for volunteer drivers
Dec 18th 2014

The holidays are almost upon us and Helping Hands is excited not only about its new office location at 575 West St. S., but also its new year recruitment process for volunteers. “We have had a great year and had the opportunity to bring a string of wonderful new volunteers...
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Helping Hands move helps Orillia clients
Dec 05th 2014

Helping Hands is downsizing to meet growing demand. Relocating to a smaller office will free up funds for increasingly needed services, says executive director Rob Soczka. “There won’t be any kind of interruption of services or downsizing of services, but what it will allow us to do is divert some...
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Organization moves offices, is planning an open house in the new year
Nov 27th 2014

Sunny November days work in favour of the team at Helping Hands Orillia while they pack up and move to their new office location. For the past six years, Helping Hands has been located at 210 Memorial Avenue, until Thursday, Nov. 27 when they picked up their bags and moved...
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Orillia's Helping Hands readies for growing demand
Jun 30th 2014

Helping Hands is “in the eye of the storm” as it confronts growing demand for services during a time of great change in Ontario’s health care system, its new executive director says. “We are going to have to be more innovative than ever before,” said Robert Soczka. The local agency...
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Helping Hands Orillia looks to help ‘break the cycle’
Jun 24th 2014

An aging population, coupled with a squeeze on health-care dollars, is not all doom and gloom. For the new man at the helm of Helping Hands Orillia, it’s a complex puzzle to solve. “That’s the real excitement to me. It’s no secret the demographic is getting older and more people...
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Strokes hitting younger people: study
Jun 19th 2014

People in their 50s are suffering more strokes than ever, according to the newly released Heart and Stroke Foundation’s 2014 Stroke Report. “For people in their 50s, the rate of stroke has increased 24% in the last 10 years,” said Ian Joiner, director of stroke for Canada at the Heart...
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Volunteers fill critical roles: Part 3 in a six-part series on volunteerism
Apr 08th 2014

Volunteers are the lifeblood of local service clubs and non-profit agencies. They typically toil out of the limelight, behind the scenes, but many also fill critical frontline roles and hold key boardroom positions. They are the heart and soul of the organizations that transform a city into a caring community....
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Change in leadership at Orillia’s Helping Hands organization
Apr 04th 2014

Helping Hands Community Support Services for Seniors is looking for a new executive director. Interim executive director Rob Soczka said “there has been a change of leadership in the organization. I have been brought on by the board to help facilitate the transition into the permanent position,” he said. Asked...
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Helping Hands in need of helping hands
Feb 18th 2014

ORILLIA - Isobel Wilding credits Orillia’s Helping Hands transportation service for allowing her to keep her independence. For two-and-a-half years, Wilding, 89, has been escorted to and from doctors, appointments, dental check-ups and the hairdresser by the non-profit’s volunteer and staff drivers. “It’s very vital because I’m not on a bus route...
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Helping Hands needs help
Jan 27th 2014

Helping Hands is in need of a helping hand. The non-profit agency that provides a range of programs for local seniors is faced with a shortage of volunteers – the agency’s lifeblood. “Each New Year always brings increased demands to our office, having greater call volumes for information or requests...
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