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Organization moves offices, is planning an open house in the new year

Samantha Quinn, Special to the Packet

Despite being in the process of moving, the work doesn't stop, as Laurie Thorn, director of client services at Helping Hands Orillia continues helping her clients. On Nov. 27, Helping Hands moved to its new location at Willow Court Plaza in Orillia with the help of volunteers and employees. SAMANTHA QUINN/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET

Despite being in the process of moving, the work doesn't stop, as Laurie Thorn, director of client services at Helping Hands Orillia continues helping her clients. On Nov. 27, Helping Hands moved to its new location at Willow Court Plaza in Orillia with the help of volunteers and employees. SAMANTHA QUINN/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET

Sunny November days work in favour of the team at Helping Hands Orillia while they pack up and move to their new office location.

For the past six years, Helping Hands has been located at 210 Memorial Avenue, until Thursday, Nov. 27 when they picked up their bags and moved to Willow Court Plaza.

Helping Hands has been providing support to seniors in the community for over 40 years, helping clients to live independently while not only maintaining, but also enhancing, their quality of life.

“We have approximately 140 volunteers servicing our 1,400 clients that are provided services such as transportation, including wheelchair transportation, meals on wheels, personal support work and much more,” said Karin Mustel, chairman of board of directors at Helping Hands.

Helping Hands serves seniors residing in Ramara, Severn and Oro-Medonte as well as Orillia, with 11 transportation vehicles operated by volunteers and employees.

“This move is an opportunity to re-evaluate what and how we do things, what we value, and how we can best serve our clients,” said Mustel. “Our needs have grown, so we needed to find an office to fit those current needs.”

Despite the process of this move, Helping Hands is still working full-force for their clients, taking calls and providing all regular services with their doors always open to provide a helping hand.

Business will be back to normal starting Monday, and Helping Hands will be holding an open house in the new year which will be open to clients, volunteers and members of the community to welcome them to their new location. 


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