Com­mu­nity Help­ing Com­mu­nity with South­ern Fron­tenac Com­mu­nity Ser­vices

Kingston Whig-Standard - - MOVIE LISTINGS -

David Townsend is a man with a pos­i­tive view of life. “We say ‘yes’ to al­most ev­ery­one who walks through our door,” says Townsend, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the South­ern Fron­tenac Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion (SFCSC), a so­cial ser­vices or­ga­ni­za­tion that serves peo­ple north of Kingston. “Al­most 30 years ago, we were formed to help se­niors in our catch­ment area – ru­ral Kingston north of Highway 401 as well as the Town­ship of South Fron­tenac. We’ve ex­panded and of­fer four main streams of ser­vice, in­clud­ing all age groups.” The SFCSC home base is the Grace Cen­tre, the re­pur­posed, her­itage Grace United Church in Sy­den­ham. In to­tal, there are 19 staff, 210 ac­tive vol­un­teers and 25 bro­kered work­ers (com­mu­nity mem­bers paid to pro­vide sup­port ser­vices like mi­nor main­te­nance and home meal prepa­ra­tion). Ac­cord­ing to Townsend, SFCSC is al­ways open to new vol­un­teers. “The more vol­un­teers we have to help, the more help we can pro­vide to the com­mu­nity. It’s re­ally com­mu­nity help­ing com­mu­nity.” There is a se­nior pop­u­la­tion of about 5,000 in the catch­ment area and SFCSC is in­volved in help­ing about a thou­sand of them. The Se­niors and Com­mu­nity Sup­port Ser­vices in­clude an adult day pro­gram, home­mak­ing as­sis­tance, meals on wheels (one of the few ser­vices with a cost), home main­te­nance, foot care and pal­lia­tive care. The or­ga­ni­za­tion re­cently re­ceived fund­ing to op­er­ate the new Grace So­cial Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre, a minia­ture se­niors’ as­so­ci­a­tion aimed at those over 60 who are well and want to main­tain their well­ness. There is a mod­est an­nual fee to par­tic­i­pate in so­cial out­ings, the book club, tea dances, café, pick­le­ball and day trips into Kingston for ac­tiv­i­ties like aquafit. Trans­porta­tion to and from the Grace Cen­tre can be ar­ranged through the pro­gram. SFCSC also reaches out to help those in all age groups who may find them­selves in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions in life. “Last year we helped just over 300 house­holds stay housed through our Home­less­ness Pre­ven­tion Ser­vices, in­clud­ing 35 house­holds that were ab­so­lutely with­out a place to live,” says Townsend. “If you are not able to sup­port the house where you are liv­ing, our work­ers may help find grants to cover past util­ity bills or help find a more suit­able place to live. This ser­vice is avail­able to all age groups.” There’s also a food bank that helps 50 to 60 house­holds each month. In sum­mer, a 5,000-sqft gar­den is main­tained by two-dozen ded­i­cated vol­un­teers to grow food and boost the shelves at the food bank. “To find out more or to ac­cess the ser­vices, just call. A physi­cian may make a re­fer­ral but you don’t need to be re­ferred by any­one – just walk through our front door.” story was pro­vided by Trea­sure Chest Bingo for com­mer­cial pur­poses. Post­media’s ed­i­to­rial depart­ment had no in­volve­ment in the creation of this con­tent.

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