Perhaps someone you know should know about this service!

An Ottawa organization is hoping a simple phone call to someone with the time to listen can help seniors struggling with loneliness.

Rural Ottawa South Support Services is now operating a line called “A Friendly Voice” which allows seniors to call in and get a sympathetic ear.

Kelly Dumas, the organization’s executive director, said the agency believes there’s a real need for such a service.


“There is such a large population of seniors who are lonely and isolated and just want a person to talk to,” she said.

“We see this really being open to anyone who is of senior age that just needs a friend.”

The line, available locally at 613-692-9992 or toll-free at 1-855-892-9992, is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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