Senior Services

The Dr. Harold S. Trefry Memorial Centre

Contact Information

1601 C Line
Richards Landing ON P0R 1J0
Phone: (705) 246-0036
Fax: (705) 246-0249
Manager  of Seniors & Persons with a Disability Services, Janet Gordanier – Manager
Program Assistant, – Åsa Chong – Assistant
Transportation Coordinator – Cheryl MacKay – transportation

Helping You To Remain in Your Home!

What a lot of people don’t realize is that the journey for a senior staying in their home starts much before the “desperation stage” when seniors give up on their independence.  Admitting the need for services helps maintain physical and mental health in the journey early on.

The Dr. Harold S. Trefry Memorial Centre seeks to provide the necessary community services for seniors to remain in their own home such as Meals on Wheels, Transportation, Day Out, Home Maintenance, Friendly Visiting, Congregate Dining and many other special interest services.  The Centre seeks to keep the legacy of its namesake, Dr. Harold S. Trefry alive through affordable and accessible service for all and the almost 100 volunteers and approximately 10,000 volunteer hours provided annually make this mission possible.

Detailed program information is listed below.  For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Please have a look at this Month’s “What’s Up Doc?” newsletter: (see downloads section)

Connecting People and Programs for a Stronger Community

The Dr. Trefry Memorial Centre seeks to provide services to seniors and persons with disabilities which will assist them to remain in their own homes and allow them to maintain their dignity. Operating in memory of Dr. Harold S. Trefry and his service to this community.

General Services Flyer  (see downloads section)

User Fees 2019 (see downloads section)

***NEW October 2020, payments for services at the Trefry Center can be made by E-transfer with your online banking. Payments can be made to payments@townshipofstjoseph.com

We service the municipalities of MacDonald Meredith & Aberdeen Additional, Laird Township, Tarbutt & Tarbutt Additional, Johnson Township, Village of Hilton Beach, Township of Hilton, Township of Jocelyn and The Corporation of the Township of St. Joseph and now some programs in Plummer Additional, Bruce Mines, Thessalon, and part of Huron Shores.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels (see downloads section) are not just for seniors (65+). It is available to the all seniors (young and old), and anyone with a disability and anyone who is recovering from illness or surgery. Home cooked meals are delivered hot to your home Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays around NOON, for only $8.25 per meal, with lower rates available based on income. Special diet restrictions can also be accommodated. The meals consist of an entrée, two sides, a bowl of soup made fresh the morning of delivery and a tasty dessert. A delicious 4 Week MOW Menu Updated April 26 2021 (see downloads section) is available for viewing. Prescriptions and medical supplies can be delivered along with your Meals on Wheels free of charge from MacKay’s Island Pharmacy or delivered to Matthews Memorial Hospital.

Gift certificates are available for purchase for someone already receiving meals or someone that could benefit from having meals delivered.

Transportation

Volunteer drivers provide one-on-one transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, adult day programs and other scheduled activities; giving priority to medical appointments, Participants should provide at least two business days notice when requesting a ride.  Rates are based on total household income.

Congregate Dining

Diner’s Club is a well-attended monthly function held the last Tuesday of each month at the Royal Canadian Legion in Richards Landing.  A good time is had by all.  The program begins at 11:30 a.m. and usually includes educational topics or entertainment and is followed by a family style dinner at 12:30 p.m.  The cost is $10.00 per person, with the exception of Christmas Diner’s which is $12.00.  If you are interested, call to have your name placed on a call list. *Oh Hold

Potluck offers a smaller group feel and is held the first Tuesday of each month at the Dr. Harold S. Trefry Memorial Centre.  Bring a dish or a joke and come to share some delicious food and laughter together. *Oh Hold

Day Out Program

We would love to have you come to this fun-packed, educational, invigorating and social day away! This program provides a great day away for yourself or for a loved one. Day Out provides a wonderful respite for full-time caregiver, of someone with a precarious condition and also offers clients that opportunity to stay informed, learn or teach new skills, establish friendships, and to stay active. Day Out is offered Tuesdays in Bruce Station, Wednesdays in Echo Bay and Thursdays at the Centre in Richards Landing.  Call for more information about applying. *Limited Clients at this time, Call 705-246-0036 for more info.

Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visiting / Reading

Living alone or being confined to your home can be difficult. There are volunteers who will visit periodically or will call daily to chat to see that you are okay. This is a convenient way to reassure your family you are safe and to establish friendships. Finding it difficult to read the weekly news, or do your favourite crosswords? Volunteers are available to help with those too!

Home Maintenance

This subsidy program assists seniors and persons with a disability to maintain their residences and thereby their independence. If you are unable to find help in the areas of deep house cleaning, yard work and snow removal, the Dr. Harold S. Trefry Memorial Centre staff may know of someone in your area to meet your needs. Subsidy is available for a certain amount of snow removal, house cleaning and maintenance for disabled and seniors who qualify for a subsidy based on total household income.   For more information call the Dr. Harold S. Trefry Memorial Centre.

Home Maintenance Ad (see downloads section)

Record of Payment Form HM (see downloads section)

Foot Care

Marcy Clark, RPN with Landing Feet First comes to the Dr. Harold S. Trefry Memorial Centre twice per month.  Please call (705) 971-9698 to make an appointment.

Life Labs Mobile

The Dr. Harold S. Trefry Memorial Centre is happy to host a blood draw service every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Please call the LifeLabs Mobile clinic at (705) 946-5543 to schedule an appointment and leave a message if you are unable to speak with someone directly.  You are required to bring a hard copy of the requisition form from your family doctor to your appointment. ***On Hold, please contact the Bridgelink Medical Centre 705-246-2477

Special Interest Activities

  • Exercise and Falls Prevention Session Mondays at the Dr. Trefry Centre, 10-11 a.m. *On Hold
  • Exercise and Falls Prevention Session Mondays at the Laird Hall, 10-11 a.m. *On Hold
  • Bridge Group Mondays and Wednesdays, and Fridays, 1-4 p.m. *On Hold
  • Exercise and Falls Prevention Session Thursdays at the Dr Trefry Centre, 1:30-2:30 p.m. *On Hold
  • Exercise and Falls Prevention Session Thursdays at the Laird Hall, 10-11 a.m. *On Hold
  • Hens & Stitches Fridays, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
  • Pot Luck First Tuesday of each month *On Hold
  • Community Quilters 3rd Tuesday of each Month (cancelled in July & August), 1-3 p.m.
  • Coffee Connections Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. at the Dr. Trefry Centre *On Hold
  • Coffee Connections Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m. at Echo Bay Elk’s Hall *On Hold

*All activities above are held at the Dr. H.S. Trefry Memorial Centre, unless otherwise specified. Call 705-246-0036 with any questions.

The Dr. Harold S. Trefry Memorial Centre is a Community Support Service organization managed by the Township of St. Joseph. The program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the North East Local Health Integration Network.

Service Accountability Agreement

Prior to providing funding for the provision of services to its local health system, the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 requires that the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Health Service Provider (HSP) enter into a service accountability agreement. The service accountability agreement is a multi-year agreement that supports a collaborative relationship between the LHIN and the HSP to improve the health of Ontarians through better access to high quality health services, to coordinate health care in local health systems, and to manage the health system at the local level effectively and efficiently. In this context, the HSP and the LHIN agree that the provision of services to the local health system by the HSP will be funded as set out in the attached Agreement.

MSAA 2019-2022_Township of St Joseph (see downloads section)

Find out more about how you can GET INVOLVED by calling or stopping by our office

Mission Statement

To provide services to seniors and persons with disabilities, which will assist them to remain in their own homes and allow them to maintain their dignity.

Eligible persons must have a valid OHIP number, live within the catchment area, be over the age of 65, recovering from illness or temporarily/permanently disabled.

Make a referral to the Dr. H.S. Trefry Memorial Centre 


Twin Rocks Seniors Housing Complex

Twin Rocks is a 24-Unit housing complex for Seniors located on the corner of Catherine Street and Highway 548 in Richards Landing. This property is owned and operated by the Township of St. Joseph Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation which is a separate legal entity from the Township of St. Joseph and is run through the Algoma District Services Administration Board.

The complex consists of a mix of one and two bedroom single-story townhouse style units, each with its own car port, sun porch and washer and dryer. Two units (one 1 bedroom and one 2 bedroom) are modified for accessibility by the physically disabled. All units overlook the Women’s Institute Park and have at least a partial view of the St. Joseph Channel.   Seniors interested in applying for a unit in either building must contact the Algoma District Services Administration Board in Little Rapids. 1-888-326-3133 ext. 311

The majority of the units are intended for rent to persons 65 years of age or older with low or moderate income on a rent-geared-to-income (RGI) basis. Some of the units however are available for market rent. A wait list is maintained for units on a first come first served basis. The rent for RGI units is subsidized by local governments through the Algoma District Services Administration Board.

Printed application forms to apply for accommodation at Twin Rocks are available at the Township Office and at the Algoma District Services Administration Board (ADSAB) Office in Little Rapids. Completed applications should be returned to the ADSAB Office.

If you would like to apply for housing, please fill out the MNPHC Housing Application HOUSING FORM and  mail it directly to Algoma District Services Administration Board at:

Algoma District Services Administration Board
135 Dawson Street, Suite 201
Thessalon,  ON
P0R 1L0