The On the Road: Seniors Helping Seniors delivery program will be continuing.
Originally started in October as a four-month pilot project, the delivery service to help seniors with groceries, prescriptions, library books or bill payments will now be able to continue on, hopefully indefinitely.
Though scheduled to run out at the end of March, current funding will already allow for the program to continue through April, and Emily Colombo, economic development officer for Fort St. James, said there should then be further funding to keep it going beyond this.
The funding was through a New Horizons for Seniors grant which allowed the District of Fort St. James to hire on Yvonne Sam as the program coordinator and purchase a van to do the deliveries with.
An action committee of seniors operates the program, which helps provide the service to a client list of 15 seniors or persons with mobility issues so far in the community.
Partnerships with Overwaitea, Sana’aih Market, the Lakeshore Pharmacy and the Fort St. James Bicentennial Library also help make the project possible.
The service is currently being offered on Mondays and Fridays, with orders placed 24 hours in advance.