New Hope Senior Citizen Centre 19th Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale
Again this year New Hope Senior Citizen Centre, 6225 Godfrey in NDG is hosting its annual craft fair and bake sale on Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This holiday season purchase unique handmade gifts that give back to the community. Purchase some home baked goods to take home. And stop and enjoy a winter lunch.
New Hope Senior Citizen Centre
New Hope Senior Centre offers a variety of services for senior from the NDG community.
The in-house program, which operates three days a week (sometimes four for special workshops), brings seniors from our community to New Hope for a variety of recreational and celebratory activities. The focus is for seniors to socialize, get into shape, have fun, be stimulated intellectually and creatively, and be entertained.
The staff encourages members to fully participate in all programs by making suggestions, leading new activities and sharing their own expertise through education or recreation.
Seniors Wellness Program
The Wellness Program offers a series of educational workshops and information sessions focusing on prevention in areas of great interest and importance to our members – nutrition and health, elder abuse, safety, pain management, etc. Through education, the staff promote good health, safety and the general well being of its seniors.
Community Luncheons and Recreation Program
Knowing that wellness must include the body, mind and soul, New Hope offers members a variety of recreational and celebratory activities, including:
- Community Luncheons
Seniors gather on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at community luncheons for friendship while enjoying delicious and nutritious meals made onsite.
- “Viactive” Exercise Program
Three times a week, New Hope offers a non-aerobic exercise program “Viactive”. Trained volunteers lead this program, which was designed for seniors by a multidisciplinary health team.
- Country Line Dancing
- Member birthday celebrations; holiday celebrations and entertainment
- Trivia Quiz Time, Bingo, discussion groups and more.
- Celebrity of the Week Program
- Through this seniors recognition program, New Hope celebrates the lives of each of its members – their uniqueness, their contributions to society, etc. Staff try to ensure that seniors who may once have lead productive lives do not become anonymous persons.
On a regular basis, during lunchtime, one of the members, or sometimes a senior from the greater community, shares a story with the group about his or her life or talents. New Hope’s goal is to enrich the program by filming these oral histories and sharing them with home bound seniors to help reconnect them to their community. New Hopewould also record isolated seniors’ stories and share them with members in-house.
Weaving Our Neighbourhood
Weaving our Neighbourhood is a comprehensive, community based outreach program to help homebound seniors in NDG reconnect to their community thereby alleviating isolation and its devastating consequences on their quality of life.
As our population is aging, the Weaving our Neighbourhood outreach program seeks to mobilize the entire community (individuals of all ages, businesses, politicians…) to help take responsibility in fighting against isolation.
The program encompasses, in part, the following initiatives:
The Friendly Visiting Program
- This program, led by the outreach coordinator, is designed to reach out to frail and isolated seniors who are unable or uncomfortable visiting the centre. Through ongoing visits by trained volunteers, the goal is to help these seniors maintain a link with the outside world and when possible, assist them in reintegrating into community life. Referrals come mainly from the CSSS Cavendish (CLSCs René-Cassin & NDG/Montréal-Ouest). Volunteers are thoroughly screened and provided with orientation sessions prior to starting their volunteer work.
The Meals on Wheels Program
- The Meals on Wheels (MOW) Program provides home delivery of meals to seniors, primarily in NDG, who are physically and/or psychologically challenged. Hot nutritious meals, along with frozen meals, offer a much needed and viable alternative to shopping and having to prepare meals. Complete meals are substantial, including a main course, soup or salad, and desert. The program operates three times a week. Referrals to the MOW program mainly come from the CSSS Cavendish (CLSCs René-Cassin & NDG/Montréal-Ouest) and The Montréal Volunteer Bureau. The professional program coordinator assesses each request for this service.
- New Hope is the largest Meals on Wheels provider in Western Montreal. New Hope is looking for Meals on Wheels drivers and delivery people for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Would you have a couple of spare hours to give a week? If you or someone you know is looking for volunteer work please contact Evita Karasek, Coordinator of Food Services, 514. 484.0425 ex firstname.lastname@example.org
The Intergenerational Program
- In liaison with the CSSS Cavendish and three West End high schools, New Hope seniors participated in a six-month program (in 2005) of regular get togethers with local youth that were facilitated by New Hope staff and high school counselors. The aim of this pilot project was to bridge generational gaps and help break isolation among seniors in our community. The Centre hopes to repeat the program in the future.
Christmas and Hanukkah Baskets Initiative
- Every year, volunteers work with New Hope’s coordinator to prepare and deliver baskets to ensure that homebound seniors with little or no social or family network are all remembered during the year-end holiday season. This program was initiated by the late Lucy Pompeo, one of the members, who created a New Hope clothing boutique, now called “Lucy’s Boutique”, to raise funds for the baskets.
Seniors Out and About Program
New Hope provides transportation services to and from the Centre for seniors living in the NDG sector with reduced mobility and not eligible for adapted transport, enabling them to participate in activities. New Hopealso occasionally organizes, in collaboration with other community groups, recreational and cultural outings such as city tours, theatre afternoons, etc.. In addition, New Hope collaborates with the CSSS Cavendish to offer a group grocery shopping service.
Volunteer Coordination and Recognition Program
This program is designed to provide volunteers with guidance, supervision and training, as well as to recognize and thank them on a regular basis for sharing their talents and energy and for making a commitment to New Hope. Volunteers are truly the backbone of the Centre and the reason New Hope is a success.
PROGRAMS IN THE WORKS
Artsy Seniors Program
The goal of this new program is to bring the arts and culture to life for our members by providing stimulating workshops; some led by the seniors themselves, and a space to explore their creativity with their peers.
Techno Savvy Seniors
The goal of this new program is to provide computer and Internet training for seniors who frequent the centre as well as to those who are home bound. Part of the long term goal is to help break isolation among home bound seniors by providing them with used computers and access to Internet.