9526 106 AVE NW, Edmonton, AB, T5H 0N2
Inner-city seniors get the support necessary to stay independent thanks to the help of this non-profit agency.
|Store Type |||City Services, Educational Services, Emergency, Groups/Associations, Hobbies, Home Care Services, Transportation Services|
|Weekdays: 9AM - 6:30PM; Weekends & Holidays: 10:30AM - 6:30PM|
Profile Last Updated: January 09, 2009
Operation Friendship was first created in 1969 as a drop-in centre for local seniors. Since then, the non-profit organization has grown to include housing programs and literacy support, as well as advice, transportation and home care services for seniors living anywhere in the downtown core.
Independent and Aiming to Stay That Way
Since its incorporation, Operation Friendship has continued to grow and offer many services to the inner-city seniors, in a respectful, non-judgemental manner, to help them live independently as long as possible. They operate the McCauley Lodge Drop-In Centre, where seniors go to socialize and discuss their health care concerns, get a free haircut and enjoy a free meal. The Lodge offers a free, unstructured place where seniors are free to strike up games of bingo, pool, cards or other board games with anyone else who is hanging around. The Centre workers often arrange for transportation to doctors and dentist appointments, Meals-On-Wheels deliveries, as well as home care services.
Affordable Housing Options for Seniors
The Centre workers help seniors find housing and low-income residences where seniors can live. In fact, Operation Friendship manages a registry to match up seniors up to affordable rental properties, and this organization owns and operates five buildings, for a total of 158 residences, for this express purpose. Volunteers also regularly visit the homes of seniors to talk and offer advice and helpful information about problems that seniors are troubled by.