Lennox & Addington’s Seniors Outreach Services was incorporated in 1986 as a non-profit, charitable, volunteer based organization with 3 full time staff members. L&A SOS serves senior citizens and adults with disabilities.
A solid foundation laid from inception, has helped L&A SOS to deliver outstanding community programs and activities. Initially, a group of interested citizens, with the financial support of various service clubs. L&A SOS then expanded to include:
- 1978 Foot Care
- 1980 Seniors’ Town Bus
- 1984 Smart Meals (hot & frozen)
- 1986 Wheelchair van
- 1987 Income Tax
- 1988 Reaching Out Newsletter
- 1988 Transportation
- 1989 Library Book Deliveries
- 1989 Lifeline Response Service
- 1997 Social Diners
- 2001 Adult Day Service
- Official opening of the Loyalist satellite site 2012
- Caregiver Respite
- Social activities such as Line Dancing, Tai Chi, Fitness, Creative Arts, Textile Arts, Cards
The work of L&A SOS is carried out by a large team of dedicated volunteers with the Coordination of staff members. A volunteer board of directors meets once a month (September to June) and oversees the governance of L&A SOS. L&A SOS is extremely grateful for the majority of the budget from the Ministry of Health, South East Local Health Integration Network (SE LHIN) to pay for the administration and delivery of programs.
Client’s fees, tax-deductible donations from service clubs, organizations, businesses, and many individuals along with a set number of fundraising events support the many ongoing financial challenges of L&A SOS.
Gratitude for the financial support from County, KFL&A United Way, and the Trillium Foundation for the financial support given for the 55 Plus Activities.
Also gratitude and many thanks goes to the Trillium Foundation, KFL&A United Way, John M. Parrott Foundation, The County of Lennox and Addington and the Ontario Sports and Recreation Communities Fund for the financial support that has been vital to the many activities and programs of L&A SOS.
In 2007 the Board of Directors developed its first 5 year Strategic Plan, in 2010 the 55Plus Activity Centre was founded providing activities for the SOS membership; Fitness, Social, Educational, and Creative Programs, and in 2013 The Board of Directors developed a new Strategic Plan.
The work of L&A SOS is carried out by a team of dedicated volunteers with the Coordination of staff members. A volunteer board of directors meets once a month (September to June) and oversees the governance of L&A SOS.
Membership fees, tax-deductible donations from service clubs, organizations, businesses, and many individuals along with a set number of fundraising events support the many ongoing financial challenges of L&A SOS.
In 2019 the L&A SOS underwent significant changes to the organization. The VON assumed responsibility for the LHIN sponsored programs such as Meals on Wheels, Care Giver Respite, Adult Day, Transportation, Foot Care and Social Diners. Programs that remain with L&A SOS are the 55Plus Activity Centre, Lifeline, Free Seniors Town Bus, Financial Assistance.
Gratitude for the financial support from Provincial Ministry of Seniors & Accessibility; the County of L&A, Town of Greater Napanee, KFL&A United Way, the Trillium Foundation, and the Community Foundation of L&A for their financial support.
In 2020 a new and exciting program has been implemented to help our membership deal with ongoing concerns with the Covid 19 virus. Senior Centre’s without Walls (SCWW) provides opportunities for members to participate i