Seniors Outreach - July 22, 2020

GEM OF THE DAY: Thinking Out of the Box (Creative Thinking)

In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark. The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking guy that just so happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter. He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. However, the catch was that we would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter. Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust.The loan-shark said that he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black.The daughter would then have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would be wiped, but the loan-shark would then marry her. If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark. Standing on a pebble-strewn path in the businessman’s garden, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two pebbles.Whilst he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed them both into the bag. He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one. The daughter naturally had three choices as to what she could have done: 1. Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag. 2. Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the loan-shark for cheating. 3. Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom. She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. She said to the loan-shark; “Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.” The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and seeing as the loan-shark didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the daughter dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt.

Moral of the story: It’s always possible to overcome a tough situation through out of the

Our choices to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic has enabled Seniors Outreach to move safely forward through initiating social distancing, the option of wearing masks, using hand sanitizer or washing our hands often with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds), encouraging the making of appointments, limited attendance and consistent cleaning. Further to this, we have continued to provide Caring Cars/Wheelchair bus for medical appointments, Meals On Wheels (both daily meals and Frozen meals (as well as low-income financial support for food/personal items) and the continual input through our Main Office in Three Hills.

LOW-INCOME SENIORS MAY ORDER FROZEN MEALS (Every two weeks) and gain Funding support and Delivery. or other needed items} and through the FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA (FCSSAA). Low-income adults and families should call Kneehill Regional FCSS at 403-443-3800. Low-income seniors (Ages 65+) should call Seniors Outreach at 403-443-2555 or from the Carbon area 1-888-443-2555

YOU MAY ORDER OVER THE PHONE WITH ONE OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS OR CONTACT US FOR AN ORDER FORM before the next order date. PLEASE Call in to order your food as the Next Order date (because of the Civic Holiday on Monday, August 3) in 2020 is Thursday, July 30 (no later than 10 a.m) and the Next Delivery date in 2020 is Tuesday, August 11 (in the afternoon).

REGULAR FROZEN MEALS ON WHEELS ORDERS: Anyone who is not at a low-income level to be supported through these grants may still order frozen Meals on Wheels to be delivered in Kneehill County, however in these cases we require that your orders be in and be paid in full/arranged for before the above order date.

Since Monday, July 6, 2020, the Seniors Outreach MAIN OFFICE has re-opened for regular hours –Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Pandemic precautions are still in effect at Seniors Outreach:

Though the present situation continues to still be quite changeable, Seniors Outreach is taking phone calls/emails in order to set up deliveries where possible, answer questions, and even assist with forms. As such, you are welcome to email us at or to call 403-443-2555 or from Carbon and area 1-888-443-2555 (toll free) for any assistance, to make a Meals on Wheels order, and/or to set up an in office appointment.


1. SENIORS OUTREACH has RE-OPENED from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays with Alberta Health guidelines informing our operational format. The SENIORS OUTREACH MAIN OFFICE (as noted above) continues to be staffed and to take calls/appointments.

2. Regular MEALS ON WHEELS AND low-income FROZEN MEALS ON WHEELS are available. Contact us for the frozen meals menu/costs and/or payment before the next order date.

3. Delivery driving for limited medical appointments main call to book Caring Cars/Wheelchair Busing as they are available for those who need this support.

4. Extension Offices in Acme, Carbon, Linden, Torrington & Trochu remain CLOSED at present. Will be updated as changes occur.

5. All BUS RUNS HAVE STOPPED and NO Community Bus runs will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week in Three Hills at present. NO Bus Trips to Red Deer/Specialty Bus Trips are presently planned. Changes to Busing will be updated as it is deemed safe to do so.

6. RE-LAUNCH: The CommUnity Drop-In Center, Three Hills is OPEN from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon (Mondays to Fridays only). After assessing the Alberta Health guidelines, a limited and COVID-19 parameter-based opening of the Center has been enacted. We now must wear masks, maintain safe physical distancing, continue to do hand sanitizing or washing of hands, and sign in/verify health status daily. By continuing to abide by these protocols, the Center will remain open. Fee for Center is collected ($2/day) as you enter.

ANNOUNCEMENT: SENIORS OUTREACH IS NOW ON FACEBOOK! If you are already on Facebook simply enter Seniors Outreach Kneehill County and if you are seeking to link to facebook use:

Let us know how this is working for you! Please post us or provide feedback about your facebook experience!

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO the Three Hills Capital, the Seniors Outreach Website, our new Facebook page, or word of mouth regarding any further changes to our operations.

SOME OUT OF THE BOX THINKING: One of our senior clients asked Three Hills A & W for masks for Seniors Outreach. We thank Linda Bachand for thinking of us and setting up this wonderful donation and for Tania Dancey at A & W for her willingness to provide the two boxes of masks (100) for our seniors, volunteers and staff. Be Kind! Be Calm! Be Safe!