South Okanagan Similkameen

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Meal and Food Programs

Meals On Wheels
• Keremeos: Lower Similkameen
Community Services Society
Volunteers deliver fresh, hot, noon meals
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
310 Veterans Avenue, Keremeos
• Oliver Meals on Wheels
Volunteers deliver fresh hot noon meals
Monday through Saturday
250.485.0300 Ruth
• Osoyoos Meals on Wheels
Hot meals delivered by volunteers at noon
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
250.495.5055 Verna
• Penticton Meals on Wheels
Delivers hot and/or frozen nutritious
noon meals, Mon-Wed-Fri, in Penticton,
Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Kaleden.
Volunteers welcomed. Veteran Affairs
assistance may be available
550 Carmi Avenue, Penticton
See our ad on page 75

• Princeton & District Community
Services Meals on Wheels
Hot noon meals delivered by home
support workers seven days a week
• Summerland Meals on Wheels
Hot meals delivered 11:30-12:30 Monday,
Wednesday and Friday by volunteers.
Service of the Rotary Club
250.494.1173 Charlotte
778.516.1973 Gavin

Salvation Army Community Food
• Emergency food hampers, clothing,
household items to those in need - by
• Community Garden on Martin Street
• Community Kitchen. Weekly sessions
focus on basics to nourish yourself on
a limited income. Diabetes education
2399 South Main Street
See our article on page 22

Summerland Food Bank
Emergency food service, also information
and referral service for those in need.
Open Monday to Friday, 9 am-12:30 pm,
1 pm-4:30 pm

Summerland United Church
13204 Henry Avenue 778.516.0015
St. Vincent De Paul Society
Food hampers - call to register, leave
name, address, phone number. Hampers
delivered Mon, Wed. & Saturday
1296 Main Street, Penticton



Air Canada
Services for customers with disabilities.
Identify special needs when booking

Better at Home
Program helps seniors with simple day-today
tasks, supporting their independence.
Penticton, and Oliver/Osoyoos
See listing under ‘Programs & Groups’ on
page 74. See article and ad on page 26

Bus Pass Program
Affordable transportation on all BC transit
systems for low-income seniors and
persons with disabilities. See web site for
eligibility, cost, and contact options
1.866.866.0800 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm

Bus Passes for Seniors
10 for $12.50. Monthly pass, unlimited
rides $32. Penticton City Hall cashier

Disability Parking Permits
Parking permits for individuals and .
organizations available online
1.888.718.7794 Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm

Greyhound Canada
Senior discount for 62 and over; check
‘Senior Discounts’ & ‘Deals & Discounts’
on web site for other cost saving options
608 7th Avenue, Keremeos
5109 9 Avenue, OK Falls (pick up only)
5852 Main Street, Oliver
9912 Highway 3, Osoyoos
307 Ellis Street, Penticton
250.492.2606 Package Express
160 Tapton Avenue, Princeton
13415 Rosedale Avenue, Summerland
1.800.661.8747 Fare & schedule info
1.800.397.7870 TTY 24/7

Helping Hand Senior Services
Providing seniors & those with special
needs with accompanied transportation
See our ad on page 53, 83

Penticton & Okanagan-Similkameen
Transit Systems
See web site for schedules, fares, etc.
• HandyDART Penticton, Summerland
Register to use service, and book a trip
• Taxi Saver Coupons
250.492.5814 Information & Eligibility
Summerland Transit System
• On Request
Offers pick-up and drop-off service as a
flexible alternative to fixed-route transit.
Any location within your transit system
qualifies. All customers are eligible.
Priority given to first to call and people
with mobility challenges. Call 24 hours
ahead to book
250.492.5814 Mon-Fri 6:30am-4:30pm


Taxi Saver Program - 50% subsidy
toward cost of rides with Summerland
Taxi, HandyPASS application must be
completed at
District of Summerland Municipal Hall
13211 Henry Avenue, Summerland

South Okanagan (Osoyoos) Transit
250.495.8054 Mon-Fri 9am-noon
• HandyDART
Accessible, door-to-door shared transit .
service for people with permanent or ..
temporary disabilities. Register first.
Service hours: Mon-Thurs 7 am-5:30 pm
250.495.8054 Mon-Fri 9am-12 noon

Travel Assistance Program
Assists with travel costs when medical
care is not available locally. TAP forms are
only available from your family physician
at the time the referral is made. See web
site for eligibility
accessing-health-care Click on TAP BC
1.800.661.2668 Automated service 24/7

Volunteer Drivers
• Kelowna Cancer Clinic
Freemason Volunteer Drivers provide
transportation from Kelowna airport or
bus depot to Cancer Centre
Pick-ups in Kaleden, Summerland,
Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Penticton.
Monday-Friday, 24 hour notice required
cancer.html 1.800.299.0188
• Keremeos Volunteer Driver Program
Lower Similkameen Community
Services Society. Local transportation
to support health & wellness.
Transportation from Keremeos and
area to Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos,
Summerland & Kelowna for medical
appointments. 24 hour notice required.
Services dependent upon volunteer
availability. Client donation required,
Subsidy available for out-of-town
medical appointments
250.499.2352 8am-noon Mon-Fri.

• Shriners Care For Kids
For BC children requiring specialized
procedures, accommodation,
transportation, and associated medical
treatment. See web site for details

VIA Rail
60+ discount - Economy Plus fares
1.888.842.7245 1.800.268.9503 TTY

Support Groups / Self Help

Al-Anon Family Groups
A fellowship for people whose lives have
been affected by someone else’s drinking.
See web site for meeting information
throughout the South Okan Similkameen
1.888.425.2666 Mon-Fri 5am to 3pm PT

Alcoholics Anonymous
Support, information for individuals with
alcohol related problems. See web site for
meeting information throughout SOS
250.490.9216 Answering service

Alzheimer Resource Centre
Family Caregiver Support Groups
throughout the SOS, Tele Support Group
104-35 Backstreet Blvd., Penticton
250.493.8182 1.888.318.1122

BC Association of Community
Response Networks
Diverse group of concerned community
members who come together to create
a coordinated response to adult abuse,
neglect, and self-neglect. See web site for
local community resources contacts

BC Mental Health & Addiction Services
HeretoHelp is a project of the BC
Partners for Mental Health and Addictions
Information. Mental health, substance
use information you can trust
1.800.661.2121 Information Line
310.6789 Toll Free Support Line 24/7

BC Responsible & Problem Gambling
When gambling isn’t fun anymore, help
is available all day, every day. Call the 24
hour Helpline 1.888.795.6111 See web
site for free, confidential, individual, and/or
group counselling for problem gamblers,
their families

Brain Injury Society
Services for individuals with acquired
brain injury, including stroke. Education
and prevention, helmet awareness
2-996 Main Street, Penticton
See our ad and article on page 21

Compassionate Friends of Canada
Support group for parents who have
experienced the death of a child, any age,
any cause.
250.807.2487 Kelowna Chapter

Desert Valley Hospice Society
We support excellence in the delivery of
end of life care. Oliver & Osoyoos
22 Jonagold Place, Osoyoos
See our ad and our article on page 60

Gamblers Anonymous
• Penticton open meeting every Wednes.
noon to 1 pm. Penticton United Church
Room 203-696 Main Street

Kelowna Celiac - CCA
Serving BC Southern Interior. Provides
information/support for persons with
celiac/gluten intolerance and their families.
Sunday Potluck Meetings in Lake Country,
bimonthly Wellness Group meetings in
Kelowna. See web for dates & contacts
250.763.7159 Marie Ablett

Mood Disorders Association of BC
Support, education, and hope of recovery
for people living with a mood disorder or
other mental illness
604.873.0103 Vancouver

MS Society of Canada
• Interior Regional Chapter
375-1855 Kirschner Road, Kelowna
Information, referral & advocacy support
to those with MS and their families
1.800.268.7582 ext. 7299 Sherry
• Oliver/Osoyoos Support Group meets 2nd
Thur. 10:30 am, Interior Health Centre
4816 89 Street, Osoyoos
• MS specific Aqua exercises every Wed
250.495.5001 Donna

Narcotics Anonymous
Self-help, support, information for those
recovering from a drug problem. See web
site for area meeting information in SOS.
1.855.852.5687 Helpline, meeting info

Okanagan Prostate Resource Centre
Support group meets 9-11am 2nd Sat. of
the month except July & Aug. Holiday Inn
Express Conference Centre
Highway 97, Kelowna
250.712.2002 call Bren Witt for info

Parkinson Society British Columbia
Penticton Support group meets 1st
Monday of each month at 1:30 pm at The
Concorde, 3235 Skaha Lake Road
Osoyoos/Oliver group meets 1st Mon. of
each month at 1 pm at Sunnybank Centre,
6553 Park Drive, Oliver

Penticton & District Hospice Society
Stewards of Moog & Friends Hospice
House and the Bereavement Resource
Centre. We provide palliative care to
the terminally ill in hospice and in the
community. Resources on grief and loss
129 Nanaimo Avenue West

Quit Now
Free, quit smoking program delivered by
the BC Lung Association to help you to
quit smoking - your way, in your own time.
QuitNow has all the support services you
need - from online community to one-onone
counselling, we have you covered.
1.877.455.2233 Support Centre

Robert Bateman House
Adult community support, short-term assessment
& treatment, geriatric programs,
crisis intervention, day and outpatient
programs, addiction counselling, group
therapy, peer support, after hours mental
health support
538 Fairview Road, Oliver

South Okanagan Similkameen
Mental Wellness Society
Family & Peer Support programs, Martin
House for youth. For anyone with a family
member with any mental illness. Check
web site for Support Group meetings
118-246 Martin Street, Penticton
250.493.7338 10 am to 2 pm Mon-Fri

South Okanagan Victim Assistance
Society provides counselling, court
support, info for those who have
experienced abuse. South Okanagan
Similkameen region service area
204-304 Martin Street, Penticton
250.493.0800 1.888.493.5355

White Cane Club
Blind people interested in recreation,
public education, social interaction
269-270 Hastings Avenue, Penticton
250.487.1228 Irene