“It is important for all of us in Fort St. John to make sure that our seniors have food and a helping hand that allows them to eat, live healthily and have social interactions. We would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for their immense generosity in improving the quality of life for seniors in our city today and for generations to come.
The Housing Society receives a large portion of the funds from the breakfast, with a donation of $ 13,000 to modernize and build a bathroom in the solarium of Apartment 2.
“At North Peace Seniors Housing, we strive to promote a community lifestyle, not just apartments. By redesigning this solarium, it gives them one more place to gather with friends, family or other tenants, ”said Gail Weber, President of the Housing Society.
The Salvation Army is receiving $ 5,000 to fund meals for six seniors through the food bank for one year in 2022.
“Just a week or two ago, a 68-year-old man emailed me and said, ‘I can barely pay my rent. Are you able to help? It was someone who had never been here before and now is reaching out in a new way. Absolutely, we can help you. We said, “Don’t just come and get a Christmas basket, but join the food bank and come and access our services regularly so that you can continue to pay your rent. These are not rare stories. When a person has worked as hard as they have and for as long as they have, it shouldn’t be their situation, but there are so many different circumstances that bring them there. You get older, you have higher medical costs. Do you pay for food or do you pay for medicine? We are that safety net. We’re here to make sure people aren’t left on their own, ”said Jared Braun, executive director of The Salvation Army.
The Senior Care Foundation receives a donation of $ 3,300 that will feed 10 seniors for one month as part of the Meals On Wheels program.
“For our commitment right now, we have about 8,800 meals per year for a figure of $ 96,800 per year due to inflation and high food costs. Our needs vary as our numbers fluctuate. Every dollar we get is a dollar we don’t have, so we’re grateful for every one of them, ”said Roxanne Chmelyk, President of the Senior Care Foundation.
Just over $ 1,500 was donated to Better At Home to allow 10 seniors to do four snow clearings from their homes this winter.
“We are grateful for the support of Rotary. We have a lot of seniors who are still in their own homes making them able to stay longer through snow removal, lawn care, and our seniors actively living the best possible life. Rotary certainly helps make it happen, ”said Brook Goulet, service coordinator for Better At Home.
More than 50 Rotarians and friends of Rotary contributed over 700 hours to organizing this year’s Drive Thru Breakfast, which took place on September 9. Breakfast served a record 1,620 sandwiches to residents and businesses.