Lanark County Media Release - COVID-19 self-isolation centre (September 29, 2020)
Social Services Relief Fund Program Phase 2 - APPLICATION
MMAH - Social Services Relief Fund Program Guidelines - PHASE 2
News release - EOWC Reframes Priorities in Response to COVID-19 (June 3, 2020)
Lanark County COVID-19 Construction Protection Measures (April 9, 2020)
Lanark County Media Release - Emergency Child Care for Essential Service Workers (April 1, 2020)
Lanark County Media Release - Encouraging Safety Precautions (March 31, 2020)
COVID-19 Information & Resources
If you are aware of individuals or families who are struggling during this crisis and who might benefit from one of these connections but does not have access to reliable (or any) Internet services, please help to spread the word to them or contact the listed service to see if they can help. We’re all in this together!
UPDATE! Masks or other face coverings are now required in indoor public spaces.
Lanark County Social Services:
Access to offices is currently restricted.
Please see http://lanarkcounty.ca/Page1906.aspx for information about Ontario Works, Housing Services, Children’s Services and Developmental Support Services or call 613-267-4200 Ext. 2140 or toll free 1-888-952-6275 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Province of Ontario has provided relief funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With its allocation, Lanark County has set up an emergency rent/mortgage bank to assist County residents who are behind in their rent/mortgage and are at risk of being evicted or losing their home.
Emergency Child Care for Essential Service Workers
Ontario Developmental Services
The Grub Hub Community Living Association is providing cooked meals to individuals in the community who are living independently and can’t get out on their own. In the first week they delivered 430 meals to Developmental Services Clients in the Lanark Area. https://www.clalanark.com/covid-19-resource
Ministry of Health:
COVID-19 Guidance: Group Homes and Co-Living Settings
Government of Ontario:
For current information related to COVID-19, including business information, essential services listings and health information, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/index.html
Government of Canada:
For information about financial assistance and other COVID-19 updates, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
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Special Services at Home Program (for families caring for a child with a developmental and/or physical disability)
The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services has announced a temporary expansion of eligible expenses under this program to support people and families while community-based activities and settings are closed. Info: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/specialneeds/specialservices.aspx
HEALTH AND GENERAL INFORMATION ON COVID-19
For up-to-date information related to COVID-19, including links to resources, statistics and health assessment information and guidance, visit the Leeds Grenville Lanark District Health Unit website at https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/
How to reach the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit by phone:
The main number to call is 1-800-660-5853.
General COVID-19 Enquiries – Extension 2499, available from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Enquiries from Health Care Providers or for members of the public reporting symptoms – Extension 2222, available 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Duty Desk, (Public Health Inspectors) for business operator enquiries – Extension 2308, also available 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
School/Childcare line – for parents with questions about screening or other COVID school-related topics – 1-866-236-0123, open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For urgent calls that can’t wait until Health Unit regular hours, call 613-345-5685.
Please see the attached information regarding an isolation centre available for COVID-positive individuals who are homeless or precariously housed.
These are stressful times. If you or your family members need mental health support, here are some key resources:
Mental Health Pandemic Helpline
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An expanded service provided by Lanark County Mental Health for anyone experiencing difficulties coping with their mental health or looking for strategies to improve their emotional well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Open to anyone seeking strategies and supports to help them with the mental, emotional and practical challenges of this situation. No shame or judgment.
Lanark County Mental Health: Access to mental health crisis services through LCMH remains available by phone Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling our main line 613-283-2170 (or 613-257-5915 in Carleton Place/Almonte). After hours, clients may contact the Lanark Leeds and Grenville Crisis Line at 1-866-281-2911
Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth – Under 18:
Offices are closed; however, e-mail and phone are available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.
Carleton Place – 613-257-8260
Smiths Falls – 613-283-8260
Perth – 613-264-1415 o Toll Free – 1-877-232-8260
We also have a range of mental health wellness information available online:
Visual and newsletter materials: https://www.opendoors.on.ca/
Messages from our youth: https://www.opendoors.on.ca/messages-from-our-youth
Wellness Wednesday videos: https://www.opendoors.on.ca/wellness-wednesday-videos
Our programs are transitioning to “Talk-In” for 60- to 90-minute sessions to assist people with mental health concerns beginning April 27. People can call multiple times should they choose. Contact our office numbers to connect with an administrator who will link you to a clinician to complete the service. Additional details will be posted to our website.
Distress Centre Lanark Leeds and Grenville Crisis Line
From 5 p.m. to midnight: 1-800-465-4442
Lanark, Leeds & Grenville Mental Health and Addictions:
Check https://llgamh.ca/ or call 613-342-2262 ext. 1 or 613-283-7723 ext. 300
Kids Help Phone:
24/7 support service. Professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. Call 1-800-668-6868. Text CONNECT to 686868 or visit https://kidshelpphone.ca
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
To support student and family mental health, visit https://www.cdsbeo.on.ca/our-programs/mental-health/studentparent-mha-resources/
Upper Canada District School Board:
To support student and family mental health, visit http://www.ucdsb.on.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=148427&pageId=27350186
A Friendly Voice:
Service for seniors (over age 55) – call 613-692-9992 (Ottawa area), 1-855-892-9992 (outside of the Ottawa area). Run by trained volunteers.
The Table Community Advocates:
Advocates are available to check in with community members and help them navigate the new benefit programs and to get referrals to other services.
Call 613-267-6428 x 29 or email email@example.com
Many local grocery stores are offering online and/or telephone ordering services, as well as pick-up and/or delivery services. Please contact your local grocery store for options. As well, many local restaurants and businesses have food takeout and/or pick-up and delivery options. Check with your favourites.
Grocery Delivery – Almonte and Carleton Place
Thanks to a partnership between Carebridge Community Support, Patrice’s Your Independent Grocer in Almonte and Mitchell’s Your Independent Grocer in Carleton Place, seniors and those at-risk can call the grocery store and have groceries delivered.
For Almonte: Call Patrice’s YIG at 613-256-2080 ext. 312 or 313 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday between 9 and 11:30 a.m. to place your order. Please have your credit card and expiry date ready.
For Carleton Place: Call Mitchell’s YIG at 613-253-6206 ext. 121 on Tuesday between 9 a.m. and noon to place your order. Please have your credit card and expiry date ready.
It is recommended that you contact food banks prior to visiting to confirm specific processes and any changes in schedules.
Lanark Highlands Food Pantry
115 Clarence St., Lanark
Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/groups/271225247225176/
Lanark Highlands Plan B
Boxes of fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices. Call to order; available for pick up or delivery if needed. Subsidies available.
Food For Thought - School Student Nutrition Programs
Food For Thought provides services and support to 35 education sites located in Lanark County. In a typical year, our school nutrition programs provide over 600,000 meals and snacks. During school closures (March to August), Food For Thought was able to provide 523 families with 1,021 school aged children a value of $178,600 in grocery gift cards. For the 2020-21 school year, due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved to “Grab and Go” programs with prepackaged food items that come at a substantially increased cost. For the first time ever, we are also supporting students learning virtually from home. We need support now more than ever to help ensure every student has access to nutritious food, delivered in a safe way and that all children and youth experience a sense of belonging. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-267-6833. See www.foodforthoughtlanark.ca
Lanark County Food Bank - The Hunger Stop
84 Mill St., Carleton Place
Monday and Wednesday 5 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to noon.No walk-ins – book in advance to pick-up order. Deliveries available with 24 hours notice.
The Table Community Food Centre
613-267-6428 ext. 3
190 Gore St. E., Perth
Open for food box and top-up access Monday 2 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 3:30 to 6 p.m. and Friday 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays are for deliveries only; anyone wishing a delivery can call 613-267-6428 x 2; leave name, number and request a delivery for the following Tuesday.
Salvation Army – Perth
95 Wilson St. W., Perth
Pick-up days will depend on volume; no walk-ins – by appointment only. Clients can email Debbie_lafleur@can.salavationarmy.org or call 613-267-6260
Salvation Army – Smiths Falls
251 Brockville St., Smiths Falls
Appointments for food on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. No walk-ins for food pick-up. Please call first and leave your name and phone number. Messages will be checked between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday. No on-call after hours or weekend access. Clients can e-mail email@example.com or call 613-283-3563.
Smiths Falls Community Food Bank
93 Russell St. E., Smiths Falls
Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. and Monday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Pre-bundled food packages. Two people in at a time. Clients must provide original ID for all household members and a piece of mail with a current address. Clients who cannot attend themselves must provide signed letter giving someone else permission. Accepting applications for Christmas toys and food starting October 19 by appointment only this year.
Check with local restaurants for take-out services available.
Heart to Home Meals
Frozen meal delivery for seniors. Call 1-844-384-2333 or see www.hearttohomemeals.ca for info.
The Table Community Food Centre:
613-267-6428 x 5
190 Gore St. E., Perth
Offering free take-out meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 4:30 to 6 p.m. No appointment necessary.
For those who are self isolating or otherwise not able to make it to The Table to pick up a meal, delivery service is available.
For deliveries please call 613-267-6428 x 6 by 5pm the day before the meal. Please leave us a message with your address, the number of meals, whether any are vegetarian, and a phone number we can reach you at.
Meals will be delivered between 5pm and 6pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Community Home Support - Lanark County Meals on Wheels:
Frozen meals are available at all locations and some locations are equipped to provide hot meals as well. Special diets may be accommodated by request. Please contact your local office for more details. Subsidies will soon be available thanks to additional provincial funding. We are here to help. Referrals can be made by calling 613-267-6400 x 24. http://www.chslc.ca/services/
Community Meal Calendars
Please see http://www.foodcorelgl.ca/events.html
Offering Seniors Support and Meals on Wheels plus grocery delivery in Almonte & Carleton Place. See https://www.carebridge.ca/
Please also see http://www.foodcorelgl.ca/events.html
Many pharmacies in the area are offering delivery of medication to clients within a certain geographic area. Please contact your local pharmacy for details. Some pharmacies are also delivering assistive devices that are for sale, e.g. bath benches.
Call 2-2-1 or visit https://211ontario.ca/ for information about local services.
Lanark County Interval House and Community Support:
24-hour crisis line is available at 1-800-267-7946 and emergency shelter for victims of violence. For non-emergency Community Support programs, call 613-253-3336. For information about programs and services, check https://lcih.org/general/lcihcs-responds-to-covid-19/. If you are experiencing domestic violence, call 9-1-1.
We have returned to a full service of providing transportation to symptom-free individuals to medical appointments, food banks and other life-enhancing appointments and services. Book at 613-264-8256 or 877-445-5777. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting processes in place.
Community Centre Without Walls - Lanark County:
CCWW is a FREE program offered to our clients, caregivers and any other members of the community. It provides an opportunity for socialization, cognitive therapy and exercise. All you need to do call 613-201-7172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register with Suzanne. If you have a program that would like to be considered to utilize our system please give us a call.
PEP (Perth Enrichment Program) Senior Therapeutic Centre:
We’re open! We have modified our program and are following recommendations of our local health unit and the government directives. We provide physical, emotional, cognitive and social therapy in the centre. Our goal is to help older adults stay in their own home while providing caregivers with respite. Contact email@example.com or 613-201-7172
Community Centre Without Walls – Lanark County
The North Lanark Community Health Centre (NLCHC) and PEP Seniors Therapeutic Centre (PEP) are teaming up to help area seniors, and adults living with disabilities, stay connected through this new FREE telephone-based group programming venture starting in May. There are open and closed group programs, and all you need is a phone. Programs are multi-person phone conversations (or conference calls) with a host or facilitator that last between 30 and 55 minutes. To learn more or to receive a program calendar, contact 613-201-7172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Pam at 613-326-1131 or email@example.com
For youth ages 16-24 at risk of homelessness. Contact http://www.cornerstonelanding.com/contact-us
North Lanark Community Health Centre:
See https://www.nlchc.on.ca/ for updates to services.
Rideau Community Health Services:
See https://www.rideauchs.ca/ for updates to services.
Carebridge Community Support:
Offering Seniors Support and Meals on Wheels plus grocery delivery in Almonte & Carleton Place. See https://www.carebridge.ca/
Family & Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds, & Grenville:
Offices are closed to general public. Call 1-855-667-2726, email to FirstContactTeam@fcsllg.ca and check https://fcsllg.ca/our-agency-response-to-covid-19/ for updates to services. Responses to child safety issues continue.
Victim Services Lanark County
Office closed; available by phone or e-mail for crisis intervention: 613-284-8380 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Legal Clinic
Legal advice on wills and powers of attorney, landlord and tenant, Ontario Works, some employment law, some WSIB. Office closed; support available by phone: 613-264-8888 or 1-888-777-8916
Mississippi Mills Youth Centre
Online programming four days a week and an in-person drop-in and sport night on Fridays. Details posted on website.
Our Food and Nutrition Security Project is strengthening access to food, hygiene and personal protective equipment throughout Lanark County. Through coaching, mentoring and modelling we will help strengthen youth's knowledge and life skill abilities with our online cooking and nutrition program each Tuesday through Zoom. We are also providing health information sessions for the community in order to strengthen their knowledge. If anybody in the Lanark County community would like to receive hygiene products, PPE or gain new knowledge and life skills, contact us.
Youth are also doing batch cooking at the youth centre to provide free frozen meals to the Mississippi Mills community through our Forever Young Intergenerational partnership with Carebridge Community Support. Contact if you would like a meal.
YAK Youth Services
1 Sherbrooke St. E., Perth
Running programs Monday to Friday 2:15 to 7 p.m.; the first hour is Youth Fitness Hour from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. at the Perth Athletic Centre (PAC) down the hall from YAK. From 3:15 to 7 p.m., healthy and nutritious snacks and meals are served nightly with fun activities for all. Weekly food and care packages are being delivered on Tuesdays. YAK is also hosting a joint Lanark County Youth Coalition Online Activity Calendar at http://yakyouth.ca/events/ for all youth in Lanark County. http://yakyouth.ca/
Lanark Community Programs
We are providing a combination of virtual and in-person services. All our programs are still accepting referrals. See link to website.
Our Autism Services are also running virtual and in-person, and families on the OAP waitlist can access free Foundational Families Services (i.e. topics on behaviour, picky eating, communication, etc.) see link for upcoming activities and to register.
Assaulted Women’s Help Line
A free, anonymous and confidential 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse. 1-866-863-0511 or TTY line 1-866-863-7868
We offer support to parents/caregivers of children and youth who are struggling with mental health challenges, which is increasing as the pandemic continues. What we offer:
Parents’ Helpline for support and guidance navigating the mental health system, finding resources in your community, and for when you just need someone to talk to. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Parent Support Groups for parents to share information and learn from one another. Offered weekly.
Mobile One-on-One Support for more intensive support and guidance through particularly challenging times.
Call 613-321-3211 or 855-775-7005