Location: News & Events
Text Size [-] [+]

July 2018

Golf Tournament Sponsors

Our Golf tourney is set to go on August. This is a fundraising event for us to help with our client subsidy program and vehicle replacement fund. Thank you to all our supporters including our event co-sponsors - Country 104.9, the Town of Goderich, Overland Custom Coach, K&J Pharmacy, Clinton and MicroAge Basics.

June  28 2018

Annual General Meeting and Program Fair

The Annual General Meeting and Program Fair was held on June 28 at our Clinton location. Those in attendance have the opportunity to tour our Clinton site and learn more about the many programs that ONE CARE offers to support people living in Huron and Perth Counties.

June 2, 2018

The Grand Parade raises $20,000

ONE CARE held a very successful 2 and 5 km walkathon in Stratford on June 2. Supported by Blue Seas Philanthropy, the event raised more than $20,000 to support ONE CARE's client subsidy program and accessible vehicle replacement fund. The event was a great way to kick of June as Seniors' Month. 

March 2018

Travel Raffle Winners. Here are the winners

December 2017

Forever Furniture donates $5,000

What a great Christmas present. Your donations to ONE CARE for the month of November were generously matched by Forever Furniture in St. Joseph. This meant a $5,000.00 donation from Forever Furniture to match the direct donations to ONE CARE. Shelley McPhee Haist, communications manager and Bob Cook, board chairman were pleased to receive the cheque from Rae Ann Ladouceur from Forever Furniture. The campaign was also supported by 101.7 The One, with rep Tom Williscraft on hand. Money from this campaign will go to support clients and special projects like our accessible vehicle replacement project.

October 2017

Protect Community Support - Sign the Petition October is Community Support Month. Community support services support nearly one million Ontarians each year including seniors and people with disabilities. They help clients live independently in their own homes and communities as long as possible, and reduce the burden on family caregivers and other parts of the health care system. As Ontario’s population ages, community support services will become even more important. The Ontario government is considering changes which might allow for-profit companies to receive government funding to provide community support services. This would be harmful to non-profit agencies, clients and caregivers, and the communities they serve.

  • Community support volunteers donate over 3.5 million hours of service each year, which would be lost in a for-profit model.
  • Not-for-profit community support agencies re-invest surplus funds into providing more and better care, ensuring funding stays in the community and that service quality is never compromised in order to increase profits.
  • Charities and not-for-profits are governed by volunteer Boards of Directors, and accountable to communities they serve. They are able to respond to local needs.
  • Not-for-profit community support agencies go “beyond the basics” and serve as community hubs, where clients are able to connect to a number of care and social services in one convenient location.

Throughout October, Ontarians can show their support for the continuation of not-for-profit community support services by visiting  http://ow.ly/Xm8R30fRdDw and signing the petition


Connecting the Dots newsletter now available

The first Connecting the Dots for Caregivers newsletter is now available. Read more about the project and meet a family caregiver who is helping to make change in our community.


International Plowing Match We were pleased to take part in the 100th annual International Plowing Match in Walton, Ontario. It was a tremendous event with over 76,000 people attending.


July 2017

Friendly Visitors make a difference - More Volunteers needed

We have some many wonderful and moving stories about our seniors and big difference it makes to have someone to visit with them in their home. Our Friendly Visiting program has seniors who are socially isolated and who are wanting to have someone to visit with. We just need you - volunteers who make this important difference! http://ow.ly/5SN530dxqBP


June 2017                                           

Stratford businesses support Meals on Wheels

Stratford businesses are teaming up with ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services to support Meals on Wheels.

On Wednesday, June 21 a number of businesses are taking part in the Let’s Have Lunch campaign. Employees are being encouraged to bring their lunch to work that day and donate their “lunch money” to help the Meals on Wheels Program.

Meals on Wheels provides hot, nutritious meals to seniors and the program helps hundreds of Stratford residents. Many seniors who have poor health require the meals but when they are on limited incomes they may choose not to eat well. The money raised from the Let’s Have Lunch campaign aims to support those people. Meals cost $7.75 and donations to the program will help to reduce the cost of those meals to seniors who have financial needs.

“We don’t want the cost of the meals to be a barrier to those seniors who need this program. We have a subsidy program and fundraising supports this so that we can help those in the most need,” says Cindy Gravelle Holbrook of ONE CARE.

A number of Stratford businesses are taking up the cause on June 21 to donate to the Meals on Wheels program including the Stratford Festival, Stackpole International, Magest Building Systems, Spruce Lodge, Perth County Health Unit and Home and Community Care SW LHIN.

“This is a fundraising and awareness raising campaign,” Gravelle Holbrook says. “The donations that we will receive represent more than good food. Meals On Wheels provides seniors and disabled adults with volunteer delivered support services that enable them to maintain an independent healthier lifestyle.”

ONE CARE’s Meals on Wheels program supported 496 seniors in Stratford and area last year and provided over 32,000 meals.


May 2017

Volunteers join for exercise training event. More than 70 ONE CARE volunteers who teach exercise, poling, hiking and walking classes joined for a day long training. The event featured guest speakers and served as a refresher day for the many volunteers who teach exercise programs and classes to our seniors.

March 2017

Serving up food and smiles - Stratford Beacon Herald

Meals on Wheels helps hundreds of people

Each year, ONE CARE Home and Community Support Services joins with other Meals on Wheels providers across the area and the province to participate in March for Meals, an annual event to increase awareness of Meals On Wheels providers across North America.

Locally, in Huron and Perth Counties, ONE CARE and other community support deliver meals in rural areas, towns and village. Last year ONE CARE delivered over 37,000 meals to more than 500 people.

Meals on Wheels is more than just a meal. Delivery of the meals provides:

·        Access to well-balanced, affordable meals is imperative to the independence and sustenance of isolated seniors and individuals with disabilities.

·        Research shows that healthy eating provides essential energy and nutrients for general welfare and maintenance of health, and reduces the risk of chronic diseases at older ages.

·        The benefits of Meals on Wheels are emotional and psychological, as well as physical. Sometimes, a friendly Meals on Wheels volunteer may be the only person a client interacts with in a given day.

·        Meals on Wheels volunteers perform a valuable security check for isolated clients, and can notify the proper authorities in the case of accident or injury.

The ONE CARE Meals on Wheels program includes both a hot and frozen meal option. Hot meals are prepared and delivered daily, while frozen meals are pre-ordered from an extensive menu and can be reheated in the microwave or oven. Our volunteers ensure that the meals are delivered to people in their homes.

There are 137 not-for-profit organizations receiving government funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide Meals on Wheels in Ontario. Government funding covers only part of the cost – the difference is made up by donations and/or client fees, which are kept as low as possible.

Dr. Stan Spacek and Phil Dalton, Health Promoter from the Maitland Family Health Team in Goderich helped to deliver meals in Goderich earlier this week


February 2017

Travel Raffle offers great prizes and raises funds for ONE CARE

If winter if getting you down here's the ticket ..... a chance to win one of four great prizes in our annual Travel Raffle Fundraising draw. Tickets are just $5.00 each and the draw date is March 1. 

Thanks to Ellison Travel for supporting this effort. ow.ly/Cs8G308XKur

January 2017

ONE CARE and Spruce Lodge team up for Soup's On in Stratford

The Bean and Bacon Soup was a real hit at the annual Soup's On event hosted by the Perth Alzheimers Society on January 14 in Stratford.

ONE CARE and Spruce Lodge, our Meals on Wheels provider in Stratford, teamed up to take part in this exciting event which featured over 30 soup vendors and hundreds of people attending. The ONE CARE and Spruce Lodge booth was a favourite and we served up hundreds of servings of hearty soup and corn bread.

November 2016

Ontario Trillium Fund supports new Rural Meals on Wheels program


October 2016

Local volunteers recognized for the difference they make

Volunteers at ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services provided more than 48,000 hours of assistance last year and were recently honoured for their work to support seniors and frail elderly.

More than 350 volunteers attended Volunteer Appreciation events in Stratford and Clinton where they enjoyed a meal and an inspiring address from guest speaker Brandon Love. 

 Love, who uses humour and magic to help people to be creative, challenged the audience to ”unstick their minds” of old assumptions, look at fresh perspectives and explore their creative potential. He reminded the volunteers that they are special and they make a difference in the work at ONE CARE to help others.

That message was also expressed by ONE CARE Executive Director Kathy Scanlon who said, “Each of you contribute your time, energy and care. And collectively that makes a significant difference.”

Volunteers at ONE CARE assist in the delivery of Community Support programs which help older people to live at home such as Dining for Seniors, Transportation, Meals on Wheels, Friendly Visiting, Exercise and Falls Prevention classes, Blood Pressure clinics and special events in Stratford and area and Huron County.

“Last year you delivered 31,000 meals, helped to provide over 40,000 rides, served 17,000 meals at dining programs, made 6,500 calls or visits with our Volunteer Visiting and Telephone Reassurance programs and led over 1,200 participants in exercise classes. These are just some examples of the work, time and care that you give to others.

“We could not do this work without you. Your contributions mean that we deliver services to people who would struggle to live alone – many are aging, many don’t feel well and many have limited contact with others. You provide that connection and social contact.”

More volunteers are always needed and in Stratford there is currently a need for more volunteer drivers, exercise instructors and meal delivery volunteers.

For more information on ONE CARE services, or to inquire about being a volunteer please call our toll free line at 1-877-502-8277 or visit our website onecaresupport.ca


Wayne Thornton and Oliver Davidson of Sebringville grew up together, worked together and now they volunteer together at ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services were they help drive people to appointments. MIDDLE – Volunteer driver Virginia Burrows of Stratford. RIGHT – ONE CARE Executive Director Kathy Scanlon and guest speaker Brandon Love at the Volunteer Appreciation event.

 August 2016

Working together to help Huron, Perth seniors    

Residents in Huron and Perth Counties now have a simpler way to get services. ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services introduced a new model for receiving Community Support Services (CSS) at the agency’s Annual General Meeting on June 28.

     The innovative approach supports people who receive multiple services from several agencies, and who often experience confusion in knowing who to contact, and in sharing information several times. For instance, an individual who gets Meals On Wheels, transportation, dementia program support or home care could deal with several agencies, each who offer programs in various communities. This is confusing for individuals and their caregivers, as they have to talk and give information to several agencies.

     At the ONE CARE Annual Meeting the audience heard that ONE CARE has worked with several other local agencies by building a system to share information and to improve services for clients.  

     “Agencies worked together to create a shared client record for people who are served by multiple agencies. We now have up-to-date information at our finger tips and are better serve those individuals,” noted Jennifer Croft, ONE CARE Community Program manager.

How this works for a client

One phone call - All intakes for partner agencies are done with one phone call, in one location, with services provided by local agencies. Individuals no longer have to call separate agencies.

Shared client record - a common electronics database for shared client records was created. This means that all agencies have all the necessary information they need to support individuals that they jointly serve.

Coordination of care - a shared role for assessment, care planning, service coordination, and crisis management is offered on behalf of all the CSS agencies, and works with clients, caregivers and health system partners. If a client has additional needs or increased risk for health or safety, the care coordination service works with the client, caregivers and the CSS partners, in addition to the physician, CCAC care coordinator and other health service providers to ensure a shared plan to support the client’s needs.

IT shared technology - For small agencies, Information Technology (IT) resources are limited. By sharing technology, existing resources have been leveraged to improve IT resources available for all.

    “We are hearing it is much simpler for people to access services. They don’t have to talk to so many people. The services are more coordinated and the client knows that everyone involved in their services has the information needed,” Croft noted.

    The model is the first of its kind and has garnered the attention of health care providers in the region, as well as the Southwest Local Health Integration Network (SW LHIN).

     Representatives from health care organizations took part in a panel discussion at the annual meeting. Participants included: Deborah Simon, CEO, Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA); Andrew Williams, President and CEO Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance; Julie Girard, SW LHIN Team Lead; Mary Atkinson, E.D. North Perth Family Health Team and Huron Health Links Lead; Catherine Hardman, E.D. Choices for Change.

     The provincial perspective was given by the OCSA head, Deborah Simon who said, “Clients who have multiple services and multiple agencies are everywhere. We have become a siloed system and we have been working to get the political attention and create a holistic approach. What is happening in this model is a phenomenal opportunity to cut across systems and services. This is really exciting to see clients through this journey.”

     “This project has changed the conversation about how people get services and the flexibility of all agencies to wrap services around the person,” said Julie Girard of the SW LHIN, adding that this model will be introduced throughout the SW LHIN.

     “Everything is being designed to wrap services around people and to be more user friendly,” Andrews Williams noted, citing the new SW LHIN plan which highlights patient flow and transition through the system. He added that hospitals to continue their work on supporting patients on discharge to help put services in place.

     The audience heard about case studies where individuals had to deal separately with as many as five different agencies to get their care they needed.

     “Historically Community Services have not been well understood,” noted Mary Atkinson. “The work that ONE CARE and the agencies are doing is bringing services together. Frail seniors can fall through the cracks. This model sees primary care and community services working together to help support people to remain at home.”

     Acknowledgement was given to the agencies who have worked to create the model, with ONE CARE as the lead agency and including - Alzheimer’s Society Huron; Alzheimer’s Society Perth; Bluewater Rest Home; Cheshire; Dale Brain Injury; Knollcrest Lodge - Community Outreach Services – Milverton; Ritz Lutheran Villa – Mitchell & Area Community Outreach; Town of St. Marys (Home Support Services & St. Marys Mobility) and VON Canada – Huron Perth branch.

     For more information contact ONE CARE at 1-877-502-8277 or www.onecaresupport.ca

The ONE CARE Annual Meeting featured a presentation and panel discussion on improvements to support residents in Huron and Perth who receive Community Support Services from multiple agencies. Panelists included: front row from left - Deborah Simon, CEO, Ontario Community Support Association; Andrew Williams, President and CEO Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance; Julie Girard, SW LHIN Team Lead; Mary Atkinson, E.D. North Perth Family Health Team and Huron Health Links Lead; Catherine Hardman, E.D. Choices for Change.




May 2016

ONE CARE and the Alzheimer Society of Huron are hosting a program - Minds in Motion

This 6 week program combines exercise, therapeutic recreation and the opportunity to connect with others living with similar experiences. It is for persons with early to mid-stage dementia and their care partners.The session starts on May 18 and runs weekly for eight weeks in Exeter. For more information call the Alzheimer Society at 519-482-1482.

March 2106

Delivering Meals on Wheels - March is Nutrition Month

We were pleased to have Heather Klopp, Director of Ambulatory Services at South Huron Hospital in Exeter, assist in delivering Meals on Wheels during Meals on Wheels month in March.

Heather noted, "It's wonderful to see seniors happy in their own home! If we can keep them healthy in mind, body and spirit we will have achieved our goals."

The hot meals are delivered from Monday to Friday at lunch. They provide a good meal and a friendly smile and connection with the volunteers who do the deliveries - volunteers like Bob and Joyce McDonald.

January 2016 news

ONE CARE assists in lighting up the 80% goal United Way thermometer

Staff and volunteers contributed to the United Way campaign - raising over $11.000 for the local Huron Perth effort. United Way supports ONE CARE programs like Meals on Wheels and Transportation


January 2016

ONE CARE participates in Soup's On

More than 3,000 people and 30 different organizations took part in Soup's On, the annual fundraising event hosted by the Perth Alzheimer's Society. More than 3,000 people attended the January 16 event in Stratford. ONE CARE and Spruce Lodge teamed up and more than 500 visited our booth and enjoyed Old Fashioned Beef Barley Soup and a tea biscuit.

December 2015

Health care packages for seniors

ONE CARE was one of the many contributors to health hampers that included donations from local agencies and businesses. The health totes have been available through the Salvation Army at locations.

Straford Seniors Benefit from Unique partnership

ONE CARE's Dining for Seniors and exercise and wellness programs have partnered with The Local in Stratford to host a popular program


Join Bob Heywood, Master of Ceremonies, at the South Huron Recreation Centre on Friday, September 25, from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm, for an evening of outstanding live music and fun. Hear Well Be Well™ brings you “GOOD VIBRATIONS”, a concert to benefit the One Care Easy Ride Program.

Enjoy an evening of Old Country music, paying tribute to superstars such as Merle Haggard, John Denver, Dolly Parton and so many more! “The Piano Man” Greg Gallello and Jamie Baldwin will kick off the evening, followed by The Ozark Country Band, featuring Rosemarie Overholt – talented daughter of JOE OVERHOLT. Many will remember Joe for his dynamic entertainment of thousands of fans with his Traditional Country hits in the Huron County area for many years.

“Hearing well is such a vital part of living well,” remarks John Tiede, founder and co-CEO of Hear Well Be Well™, “we are committed to doing charitable work both locally and abroad to help as many people as we can to hear well again.” What better way to celebrate hearing well than through the sheer enjoyment of a night of great music, dancing and friends?

Numerous recent studies have shown that untreated hearing loss affects your emotional and social well-being, your relationships with friends and family, and overall quality of life. Living life to the fullest, means staying connected with family and friends. For individuals still in the workplace, hearing loss can have a negative impact on income potential as well. Hear Well Be Well™ provides the latest hearing aid technology that is proven to provide hearing and communication solutions and a hearing screening is easy, painless and free!

Tickets for the “Good Vibrations” concert are $25 each and available for purchase at the South Huron Rec Centre and all Hear Well Be Well™ offices. Call 519-235-0600 for more information.

Thanks to the generous support of many local businesses, concert guests can support the One Care Easy Ride Program by placing a bid on a variety of items at the Silent Auction, which will start at 5:30 pm. The Easy Ride program is run by ONE CARE Home & Community Support, who provide a wide range of services to help people live in their own homes and communities. They are a local, community based, not-for-profit agency supporting residents in Huron and Perth Counties. Appropriate transportation is one of the essential keys to independent living in Huron and Perth Counties and the Easy Ride program aims to provide accessibility to appropriate transportation.

About Hear Well Be Well: A leading provider of hearing health care and solutions in Southern Ontario for over 25 years, owners John and Kathleen Tiede and their team are dedicated to profoundly improving the quality of client’s lives. Through their ongoing charitable initiatives, the Tiede family extends their commitment to this value, providing 3% of their profits to a variety of local and global initiatives, including hearing devices for individuals in developing countries.

For more information visiti www.hearwellbewell.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HearWellBeWell

Twitter: @HearWellBeWell

ONE CARE's Meals on Wheels program featured in Sratford Beacon Herald


Local champions deliver Meals on Wheels

There’s nothing like a hot meal, and a warm smile, delivered right to your door. ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services and its volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels to hundreds of older adults and frail seniors.

This month March for Meals is being held to raise awareness of the program and seniors’ nutritional needs with local champions helping to deliver the meals. In Stratford, Sue Pasquele, owner of Boomer’s Gourmet Fries and Eddie Matthews of CJCS-AM radio helped to deliver meals with volunteer Paul Simpson.

Meals on Wheels makes a big difference in the lives of people who find making nutritious healthy meals challenging. Meals on Wheels is one of the many services offered by ONE CARE and is delivered by dedicated volunteers to homes in Stratford and areas, as well as other communities in Huron County. 

Last year ONE CARE volunteers delivered more than 38,000 meals in Stratford and Huron. The program supports people in a number of situations. Some individuals receive short term assistance such as when they are coming home from hospital and others have been receiving nutritious meals for a much longer time as part of their healthy, independent lifestyle.

“We want to raise awareness of seniors’ nutrition,” said Cindy Gravelle-Holbrook, Nutrition Supervisor at ONE CARE. “Eating well is essential to seniors in maintaining their health and independence. We also want to highlight our appreciation for our volunteers - hundreds of local people who give their time to ensure that these meals are delivered every day.”

March is Nutrition Month and having a nutritious meal has been shown to contribute to an individual maintaining their health and can help with recovery following illness or hospitalization.

The ONE CARE Meals on Wheels program includes both a hot and frozen meal option. Hot meals are prepared and delivered daily, while frozen meals are pre-ordered from an extensive menu and can be reheated in the microwave or oven. The meals come in portioned containers and are an excellent option for those who like variety in their meals and ease of preparation. The menu choices include soups, entrees, side dishes, sauces, gravies, desserts and juices. The menu includes textures such as regular, minced and pureed, and special diets including diabetic, gluten or lactose free and vegetarian. Frozen meals are delivered to clients’ homes on a regular schedule, or they may be purchased at local offices.

Meals on Wheels and other nutrition services are provided by ONE CARE to support seniors to enjoy a good quality of life as they age at home. Other services including home care, exercise and wellness programs and transportation increase quality of life for seniors and persons with disabilities enhance independence and provide peace of mind for caregivers. For more information about ONE CARE’s programs or to be a volunteer call 1-877-502-8277 or visit the agency website at www.onecaresupport.ca

 April 2014

ONE CARE Volunteers support seniors to live in their own homes

Once a week, Joe drives an elderly man to a medical appointment in a nearby town. Three times a month Mary delivers Meals on Wheels to neighbours who are elderly and homebound.

Joe and Mary are helping to make life better for local senior citizens, and giving family and caregivers a much needed break and peace of mind.

 Together, volunteers and staff at ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services work to ensure that seniors and persons with physical disabilities are provided services that help them to live in their own homes and communities in Huron and Perth Counties.

 ONE CARE volunteers provided more than 59,000 hours of service to individuals last year and their contributions are a clear demonstration of supporting people to live in their own homes and strengthening local communities.

 Volunteers help in a variety of ways such as delivering Meals on Wheels, providing transportation, leading exercise classes, helping at Dining for Seniors’ programs, assisting at Adult Day Programs, or spending one-on-one time with clients through Friendly Visiting and Telephone Reassurance programs.

 ONE CARE volunteers enable hundreds of seniors and people with disabilities to enjoy a good quality life as they age at home. For information on volunteering at ONE CARE Home & Community Support Services, call ONE CARE at 1-877-502-8277.