This three day a week program developed by Kino-Quebec called “Viactive Exercise”, is very popular. The exercises, accompanied by music from 40’s, 50’s and 60’s can be performed standing up, on a seat or in a wheelchair.
Every Thursday a large group of members come together for a fun game similar to Trivial Pursuit. This activity is very important as it stimulates memory through a competitive and fun environment.
Every Wednesday afternoon current events/ideas/ and issues are discussed in a round table format. Seniors discuss each topic and are able to voice their opinions. This program also positively impacts memory, thought processes, as well as, self-esteem and expression. It encourages seniors to remain involved, connected and interested in the world around them.
Quilting has become a very important program. The participants learn to develop and make beautiful handmade quilts. Some of the quilts are sold to pay for future materials and others are raffled off at fundraisers for the Centre. Quilting improves our seniors’ concentration, fine motor skills, and creativity.
Every Tuesday the New Hope computer teacher helps one of our members use a computer, learn to navigate the Internet and send e-mails. This one on one class improves thought processes and gives our seniors the ability and confidence to use computers at home. Many seniors are nervous of new technology and our class demystifies their fears. In a society where many of our seniors’ families have moved away, the ability to communicate through e-mails with children and grandchildren has many positive advantages.
Members who are unable to get to New Hope on their own, yet autonomous enough to get in and out of a car, are offered a ride to and from the Centre five days a week. Members who have multiple problems and have trouble getting in/out of our volunteers cars are encouraged to use Adapted Transport provided by the STM.
Friendly Phone Call:
Weekly a volunteer phones a number of our shut-in members to chat, see how they are and keep them informed about what’s happening at the Centre. Any problems or issues concerning a member are passed on to staff who immediately deal with the situation. This service is a way for New Hope to keep in touch with the most isolated members of the community.
Krazy Crafters Art Class:
A time to encourage concentration, self-expression and creativity.
In a recreational and social setting, Bingo is played three days a week for small prizes.
A weekly group of members meet every Tuesday to play cards. All of our programs and services are offered by New Hope volunteers, with the supervision and support of staff.
The boutique sells new and gently used second hand clothing to New Hope’s members at a very low cost. The shop relies on donated goods, which when sold, help financially support New Hope programs and activities.
Once a month seniors in N.D.G. (not only New Hope Members) can get picked up at their homes by New Hope’s 20 seat mini bus and brought to the local Provigo grocery store to do their groceries. The bus then brings the seniors home and Provigo delivers their groceries. This program, in partnership with the CSSS Cavendish and Provigo has been an important food security service for over 15 years. As this is a partnership with financial implications, the funding for this program is listed as restricted on our Audited Financial Statements.
The Outreach Coordinator sets up visits by volunteers or students to the homes of isolated seniors.
Meals on Wheels:
New Hope is the largest Meals on Wheels provider in western Montreal. Last year New Hope cooked, packaged and delivered 15,417 meals to shut-in seniors in and around the N.D.G. area. There are two delivery routes per day, three days a week.
New Hope provides seniors with frozen meals to compensate for weekends, holidays and the days that delivery cannot be offered.
Community Lunch Program:
Community lunches are held three days a week. Last year New Hope served 5,146 hot lunches. These lunches provide seniors with healthy and well-balanced meal at an affordable price. Equally important is the time the community lunches make for socialization. Sitting with friends while breaking bread can be healthier than the meal itself!