Living alone, 60-year-old Evelyn has learned to take care of herself. Recently divorced and without family, she leans on a range of social services for support.
For over a year, this has largely included RISE Community Health Centre. Operated by Collingwood Neighbourhood House, RISE provides primary care and health promotion services to residents of the Renfrew-Collingwood area.
“Most of what I need is there so I don’t have to go from one place to another so it’s really awesome,” said Evelyn. “It’s excellent service for what they offer to the community.”
For Evelyn, health is a top priority. The services she has accessed at RISE are essential but it’s the dedicated staff that keep her returning on a weekly basis.
“If you ask help from RISE, they will not turn down on you,” she said, adding that staff are accommodating and always available to answer questions.
“I won’t compare them to other places but I won’t stop going there,” said Evelyn. “They know me and I know them.”
“It’s good for the people in the community, in the neighbourhood.”
To learn more about RISE, visit cnh.bc.ca/rise.