Saturday January 15, 2011


No More Time Outs For "At Risk Seniors"

CDSRS ends program due to lack of funding

Submitted by Lynda Hayden, CDSRS


hilliwack & District Senior Resources Society with a membership of over 1,000 individuals is a nonprofit society based in Chilliwack BC, providing a wide variety of services and support to seniors.


In a press release last week, Al Hunt, Director of the Chilliwack and District Seniors Resource Society, said the Time Out program for "seniors at risk" operating for 18-years, has been deep-sixed due to a lack of funding.


"While costs increased the funding remained virtually the same until it was stopped in September of 2009. At that time the funding covered slightly more than 50% of the actual cost. "


"In spite of the best efforts of the Chilliwack & District Senior Resources Society we have been unable to replace the more than $70,000 in funding that was lost in 2009. As a result of the continuing costs of operation the Society is unable to continue with the Time Out Program. The participants in the program have all been notified of the program closure," said Hunt the release.


When funding in August 2009 was drying up, Hunt told the Voice then that "The Time Out program is the only program at risk. If we are unable to develop an alternate funding stream in very short order, the Time Out Program, as we know it will cease to exist. The transportation service is a separate entity within the Society, of course if there is no Time Out Program, there would be no need to transport that group of Seniors. There are many other facets to the transportation system that are in place and growing, no matter what happens to the Time Out program."


"The Chilliwack & District Senior Resources Society will continue to function and provide the core services the Seniors of Chilliwack have come to rely upon from us. While the Time Out Program has closed, we will continue to do our very best to make a positive difference in the lives of Seniors in Chilliwack," said Hunt.


About the CDSRS

The Society is a non-profit organization formed to establish and run programs and services for the Seniors in the Chilliwack areas.

Programs & Services Offered

Seniors' Information & Referral Centre
Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday - Thursday.
Volunteers help Seniors find the service or program needed to maintain a healthy, independent life style. These may include housing, transportation, social or recreational programs.

Bus Tours
Provides bus tours for members of the Chilliwack & District Senior Resources Society.  For information on upcoming bus tours, click here.  

Equipment Registry
This service links people who have rehabilitation equipment they wish to sell with others who wish to acquire this equipment.

Housing Registry
Offers updated information on all rental apartments in Chilliwack suitable for Seniors, including low rental complexes and care facilities.

Seniors Repair Service
Low cost minor house repairs and maintenance for Seniors and disabled persons on fixed incomes. The senior repair service does not do any work on stratas or apartments.

Assistance With Income Tax Preparation
Trained volunteers are available from February to April to assist low income seniors with tax preparation..

Stride Inside - Mall Walking Program
Cottonwood Mall: Monday to Saturday, 7:30 - 9:30 am.

Volunteer Grocery Shopping Program
Available on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 11:30am for those seniors who cannot grocery shop for themselves. Phone: (604) 795-3727

Weekly Badminton & Table Tennis
Badminton is open to those 50 years and over and is held every Wednesday from 1:30 - 3:00 pm at the Evergreen Hall.

For more information contact Al Hunt or Lynda Hayden at: 604-793-9979



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