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United Way Regina and the Government of Canada support

Vulnerable Seniors in Regina and Surrounding Area

 

Regina, SK – May 14, 2020

United Way Regina is pleased to announce an investment of $88,000 funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. These funds will be distributed to agencies and organizations that will help vulnerable seniors in Regina and surrounding area during these unprecedented times.

 

While physical distancing is essential to protecting seniors from COVID-19, it risks isolating them from their community.  That is why the Government of Canada is proud to work with United Way Canada to help support the needs of seniors during this difficult time.  By using local expertise, this funding will help provide support tailored to the unique, local needs of seniors across the country.  As we work together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus, the government is supporting Canadians every step of the way.”

-       The Honorable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors

 

We are pleased to work with the Federal Government to support the investment in senior-serving agencies in Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Weyburn and surrounding areas.  United Way Regina remains committed to supporting the agencies working tirelessly on the front-line to meet the needs of those most affected by COVID-19.  Thank you to the local emergency response networks and committees working together to find solutions for vulnerable seniors in our communities.”

-       Robyn Edwards-Bentz, CEO, United Way Regina

 

This funding is intended to assist community agencies’ supports for isolated seniors in all parts of Canada including rural and remote communities.  The following agencies are receiving funding available through an open call for proposals process, including:

REGINA

·         $5,000 – Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Inc. (Regina Area)

To help seniors navigate and combat social isolation, mental fatigue and socialization reduction through telephone check-ins, technology support, etc. for seniors living with physical disabilities.

  

·         $5,000 – University of Regina’s Lifelong Learning Centre

To provide community outreach, advice, assistance and support with health and social supports to address food security and reduce isolation for Indigenous and Newcomer seniors.

 

·         $5,000 – Canadian National Institute for the Blind (Regina Area)

To support programming primarily for individuals who are 55 years of age and older, people who are blind or partially sighted through teleconference/video check-ins to reduce isolation and anxiety.

 

·         $4,650 – Eden Care Communities (Regina Area)

To provide the simple pleasures program for vulnerable seniors in long-term care, supportive independent living and personal care homes, capturing these moments in photos or video to share with their families and loved ones.

 

·         $5,838 – North Central Family Centre Inc.

To deliver and provide care packages of food, cleaning and hygiene products for vulnerable seniors in the community.

 

·         $5,837 – File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council

To increase capacity to respond to the high volumes of calls by seniors seeking assistance for the provision of food, mental health services, communication and advocacy to access medical supports, cleaning supplies and other essential items to meet the needs of isolated Indigenous and Newcomer seniors.

 

·         $5,837 – Circle Project Inc.

To provide telephone check-ins to address social isolation and care packages to ensure access to essentials such as cleaning supplies and personal supplies for Indigenous seniors.

 

·         $5,838 – Phoenix Residential Society

To provide food, telephone check-ins, delivery of groceries and running errands to support vulnerable seniors who have serious and persistent mental illness, substance use disorders, cognitive and developmental disorders, acquired brain injuries and/or previously experienced chronic homelessness.

 

Total Number of Projects Funded:                  8

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:    $43,000

 

 

 

 

MOOSE JAW AND AREA

·         $2,246 – Canadian National Institute for the Blind (Moose Jaw Area)

To support programming primarily for individuals who are 55 of age and older people who are blind or partially sighted through teleconference/video check-ins to reduce isolation and anxiety.

 

·         $3,877 - The Salvation Army (Moose Jaw)

To assess the needs of vulnerable seniors in Moose Jaw and distribute seniors care packages/activity kits for those identified as being at increased risk of isolation.

 

·         $3,877 - The Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation

To provide healthy meals and basic cleaning services to deliver to identified high-risk seniors within the City of Moose Jaw through their tenant services department and after hour’s team.

 

·         $2,500 – Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Inc. (Moose Jaw Area)

To help seniors navigate and combat social isolation, mental fatigue and socialization reduction through telephone check-ins, technology support, etc. for seniors living with physical disabilities.

 

·         $2,500 – Eden Care Communities (Moose Jaw Area)

To provide the simple pleasures program for vulnerable seniors in long-term care, supportive independent living and personal care homes, capturing these moments in photos or video to share with their families and loved ones.

 

Total Number of Projects Funded:                  5

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:    $15,000

 

 

 

 

SWIFT CURRENT AND AREA

·         $1,978 - Canadian National Institute for the Blind (Swift Current Area)

To provide regular virtual check-ins with clients and adapt programming to continue and reduce isolation and loneliness by clients who are blind and partially sighted.

 

·         $3,370 - Southwest Homes Inc.

To provide support services and transportation for medical treatments and appointments for individuals with an intellectual disability in the Swift Current community as community transportation is not an option due to the high risk associated individuals.

 

·         $3,000 - Shaunavon Food Bank Inc.

To increase food supply, which will allow the existing programming to meet the increased demand and better serve neighboring rural communities.

 

·         $6,652 - Spinal Cord Injury of Saskatchewan (Swift Current Area)

To help seniors navigate and combat social isolation, mental fatigue and socialization reduction through telephone check-ins, technology support, etc. for seniors living with physical disabilities.

 

 

Total Number of Projects Funded:                  4

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:    $15,000

 

 

 

 

WEYBURN AND AREA

·         $3,750 - Weyburn Special Care Home Auxiliary

To purchase bed tables to accommodate senior residents who now have to have meals served in their individual rooms rather than the common dining room in order to accommodate physical distancing requirements.

 

·         $3,750 - Canadian Mental Health Association – Weyburn Branch

To provide meals, telephone check-ins, grocery delivery, transportation services and personal protective equipment for staff to better serve persons living with mental illness and/or are experiencing mental health concerns.

 

·         $3,750 - Canadian National Institute for the Blind (Weyburn Area)

To provide regular check-ins with clients and adapt programming to continue and reduce isolation and loneliness by clients who are blind and partially sighted.

 

·         $3,750 - Community Low Income Centre

To provide free income tax preparation for low-income seniors which will allow the individuals to access available federal benefits.

 

 

Total Number of Projects Funded:                  4

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:     $15,000

 


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About the New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) provides grants and contributions for projects that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster their social inclusion. To provide immediate essential services to seniors impacted by COVID-19, the Government of Canada is providing $9 million under the NHSP to be distributed through United Way Canada network. These funds will help organizations providing support to seniors dealing with the impact of COVID-19.

 

About United Way of Regina

For over 60 years, United Way Regina has been working to positively impact the lives of vulnerable children, youth, and their families in our community by identifying and addressing barriers. More recently, we have expanded our service area to provide support to the communities of Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Weyburn.  We are committed to working with local community partners and volunteers to create opportunities for a better life for everyone.

 

For more information contact:

United Way Regina

 

Robyn Edwards-Bentz, CEO
P: 306-751-4750  Ext. 754
redwardsbentz@unitedwayregina.ca

 

Amanda Lanoway, Director, Engagement
C: 306-540-9884
alanoway@unitedwayregina.ca


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