To enhance the quality of life of aging adults within their community by promoting wellness and independence through the provision of a safe and caring environment.
Statement of Purpose
As a society, our purpose is to fulfill the needs of the clients that permit them to be useful, capable, contributing adults even with the restrictions imposed by age, physical, and mental abilities. We encourage individuals to maintain independence and to function autonomously in the community regardless of race, religion, age, and disability. Our intent is to promote feelings of self worth, encourage mental stimulation, and provide support for those finding it difficult to cope with the aging process, separation and loss, as well as changes in personal, family, and community roles. Most of our clients are elderly, facing a variety of social barriers, and striving to remain in their homes. Our success is measured by our ability to aid them in their endeavors, as noted by their families, staff, medical practitioners, and other support people involved in the well-being of our clients. In essence, their success is our success.
Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society was incorporated as a not-for-profit, charitable organization on October 19, 1976. During its early years, Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society was devoted to providing recreational, social and leisure activities and services to community seniors. Locating a constant funding source was a continual challenge, and after an arduous battle, Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society obtained a contract to operate an Adult Day Program three days per week with secure funding from the Ministry of Health. The City of Vancouver provided a community service grant to offset the costs of the other two ‘community days’. Currently Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society is still under contract to Vancouver Coastal Health Authority for ADC services and receiving funding from the City of Vancouver. In addition, SMART funds provide for a “Wheels to Meals and Congregate Lunch” program. During its 27 year existence, Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society has changed homes four times. Initially located in the vacated nuns residence at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, the Centre moved to Beaconsfield United Church basement after one year, then to St. Matthew’s Anglican Church hall on 23rd, and finally to their current location beside Three Links Care Centre on 22nd and Renfrew. Although this brief history cannot begin to describe the struggles that faced Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society, its current success can only be credited to the undying devotion and commitment of many of its staff, board members and volunteers. They are what makes Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society what it is, and what our slogan exudes – “Taking Seniors’ to Heart”.
Membership in Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society is open to anyone between the ages of 19 and 190. The cost is $5.00 per annum renewable on April 1st of each year. Membership entitles you to attend the Annual General Meeting, participate in certain community activities, receive a monthly newsletter, access particular services, and generally be part of a wonderful organization.
Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society’s boundaries for service are generally Knight Road to Boundary Road, and 41st Avenue to Wall Street. There is some flexibility where special circumstances exist, and of course anyone not requiring transportation is welcome.