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ROSSS A Beacon Of Warmth For The Vulnerable In Winter

By Melissa MacIsaac, ROSSS Manager of Funding and Outreach

At Rural Ottawa South Support Services, we recognize that the winter months can bring a sense of solitude and isolation to many, especially vulnerable rural seniors and adults with disabilities. In rural Ottawa South, where the chill of winter often intensifies feelings of loneliness for vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities, Rural Ottawa South Support Services serves as a beacon of warmth through connection for those who need it most.

At ROSSS, we believe that even in the coldest of days, we can discover warmth in the connections we make and the joy in the community we build. The holidays, while often a time of celebration, can also be a period of solitude and loneliness, particularly for seniors and adults with disabilities in our rural communities. Many individuals find themselves in need of connection and support during this time.

ROSSS has created many avenues for connection, ensuring that no one in our community feels isolated, especially during the holiday season. Virtually all of our programs have a component of warmth and connection, from our drop in and diner’s programs to our Meals on Wheels program, from our foot care to our transportation- no matter the program at ROSSS, there will be a warm smile and a friendly voice to offer companionship throughout.

Meals on Wheels, goes beyond the simple act of delivering nutritious meals to doorsteps. It becomes a lifeline for isolated individuals, offering not just sustenance for the body but also a vital dose of companionship for the soul. Our dedicated volunteers, the heart and soul of this initiative, bring more than just hot meals—they bring smiles, conversations, and a genuine sense of community.

In the quiet corners of rural Ottawa South, the Meals on Wheels program transforms into an avenue for social connection. The friendly volunteers who deliver these meals often become a highlight of the day for the seniors and adults with disabilities we serve. A simple knock on the door heralds not just the arrival of a warm meal but also the promise of a friendly chat, a moment to share stories, and a chance to break the silence that can pervade the winter months.

Our drivers, consistently heralded as the kindest and warmest individuals, embody the spirit of Rural Ottawa South Support Services. Even on the coldest of days, they bring the warmth of human connection to those who might otherwise feel the icy grip of isolation. Their commitment goes beyond the logistical task of driving individuals to medical appointments; it extends to creating genuine, heartfelt connections brightening the days of those they drive and alleviating the winter blues.

As we approach the holiday season, we embark on a special initiative to further amplify the warmth we bring to the community. Our holiday fundraising campaign is not just about monetary donations; it’s about fostering connections and spreading joy. We believe that the true spirit of the season lies in coming together, and our campaign reflects this ethos. Through the generosity of our supporters, we intend to bring not only material comfort but also the intangible warmth that comes from knowing that someone cares.

In every service delivered, in every smile shared, and in every connection forged, ROSSS strives to be a lifeline for isolated seniors and adults with disabilities. We stand firm in our commitment to provide not just services but genuine human connection—a reminder that, even in the coldest of days, warmth can be found in the hearts of those who care.

If you or someone you know is in need of a warm connection this holiday season, or could benefit from ROSSS program and services, feel free to give us a call or visit our website. On our website you can learn more about what programs and services ROSSS offers, how you can get involved, donate to our holiday campaign, or find out about volunteer opportunities.

Give us a call! 613-692-4697

Visit our website www.rosss.ca

Featured image: Supporting seniors in the community is one of the main roles of ROSSS.