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September 1, 2016: OWCS Grocery Bus; a needed service for Seniors.

September 1, 2016: OWCS Grocery Bus;
a needed service for Seniors.

By Sarah Doiron, OWCS Staff.

Seniors in Hintonburg, Carlington and Westboro who need assistance with grocery shopping are in luck: for only $6 Ottawa West Community Support (OWCS) provides door to door transportation and help with bagging and carrying of purchases.

The OWCS Grocery Bus, a central focus for the community, has been running for 30 years. Each Tuesday and Wednesday, the bus departs OWCS at 9 a.m., picks up seniors from their homes and takes them shopping at local supermarkets.

Bunny Mangione, a client of Ottawa West Community Support has been using this service since 2011.

“I’m so glad to be on it,” says Bunny. “It’s just the best for my sister and me.”

“I regularly hear that seniors don’t know what they would do without this service.” says Mona Moorhouse, who began volunteering with OWCS earlier this year. “In addition to the practicalities of grocery shopping, it is a fun way for people to connect. We’ve had some very interesting and humorous conversations in the van.”

For over 35 years OWCS has been providing services in the west end of Ottawa aimed at keeping seniors living independently in their own homes. OWCS offers a number of services including various shopping excursions, a Day Program (4 days per week); Medical Transportation; Friday Social Lunches; Respite Care and Personal Support Work; Homemaking and Housecleaning; and Yard Work.

For more information about the Grocery Bus and other OWCS programs, please contact the office at 613-728-6016 .

3 seniors beside the open side door of a pasenger van.

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Photo Caption: Boarding the OWCS Grocery Bus, Erika Trommerhausen, volunteer Debbie Dannehl, and Bunny Mangione enjoy the convenience and camaraderie of an outing to a local mall. Photo by Sarah Doiron.

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