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Keep the wheels turning on the Care Coach for seniors Liz Wall

EMC lifestyle - Getting right to the point: the reality is, without the community’s financial support, we at Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors At Home would not be able to offer the vital service the Care Coach Para-Transit provides. The Care Coach, a specialized transportation service for persons of all ages, receives no municipal, provincial or federal government funding. For the past five years, Seniors At Home hosted the annual Dare to Care Telethon in order to raise funds for the continuing operation of the Care Coach. Once again reality hits. The expenses started to outweigh the amounts raised. Though we truly appreciated all the volunteers who assisted in the past telethons, and for the monies raised, we are now approaching this crucial fundraiser with a Mail-Out-Campaign titled ‘Keep the Wheels Turning’ to be delivered to all the homes within Arnprior, Township of McNab-Braeside and surrounding areas. Right now in our communities, seniors and individuals of all ages with special needs require your financial support. You just never know when you or a loved one may require our specialized transportation. “Over the past several months, the Care Coach has come to play an important and much appreciated role in the life of our family,� said Valerie Werely of Arnprior. “Mom lives at the Grove Nursing Home and with the Care Coach specialized transportation her quality of life has been greatly enhanced. We highly recommend this great service to other families. Thanks to each one who supports this service which means so much to us and to others in our community.� The need exists

The United Way’s Community Matters Survey in 2005 stated there was a need in our community for Para-transit transportation. With many dedicated hours the necessary funds were raised and with a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation the Care Coach came to be in February 2008. Now it is 2012 and we continue to offer the only Para-

Transit Transportation within our communities with no government funding. Since 2008 our Care Coach has been on over 7,000 trips locally as well as to Renfrew, Pembroke, North Bay, Fitzroy Harbor, Pakenham, Constance Bay, Almonte and Ottawa, with an average of over 200 trips per month. “The Care Coach program has been transporting residents of Autumn Leaves Lodge for many safe and happy years,� said Ken Chapman, executive director, Autumn Leaves Lodge in Braeside. “Colin Borshevsky, the Para-Transit driver is friendly, careful, courteous, plus always considerate with our residents. Without the Care Coach, many persons would have no transportation available to attend senior day programs, doctor appointments and many other obligations. “We consider the Care Coach an essential service for all living within Arnprior and the Township of McNabBraeside as well for our residents.�

CARE (2273) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Don’t wait until you or a loved one loses their independence. After opening and reading the letter, please ‘Keep the Wheels Turning’ by making your donation today.

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The 2012 Dare to Care Campaign has been created to help realize the funds required to ‘Keep the Wheels Turning’. And in order to keep our seniors living independently, the life of the Care Coach depends on you and your financial donation. “It is the community’s generosity that is necessary to make sure this essential service remains active and viable in our community,� said Dennis Harrington, executive director, Seniors at Home Program. Every household within Arnprior, Township of McNab-Braeside, Burnstown, White Lake, Fitzroy Harbour, and Kinburn will receive a letter requesting donations, arriving in a bright yellow envelope with return address. You are requested to return your donation in this supplied return-envelope, either by mail or drop off at our office 106 McGonigal St. West, Arnprior, Ont. K7S 1M4. Please make your cheque payable to ‘ABM Seniors at Home’. Credit card donations can be made by calling 613-622-

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“In the beginning we were a family struggling with a variety of issues. We didn’t quite know how to deal with them. Through the CAS we were provided with access to programs, given guidance and support. Now we are a family that is thriving and strong. We could have not have become that without the help and support that was received.�

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