History

OFSS History1969 – Operation Friendship began with projects of Southminster United Church and the Sisters of Providence. Our initial service was a Drop-in centre for local seniors who were being displaced by urban redevelopment and found themselves in isolation.

1974 – Operation Friendship was formally incorporated. Since incorporation, Operation Friendship has offered Outreach, Helping Hands, Housing Registry, and Volunteer programs.

1978 – Pioneer Place, a 175 unit apartment building was developed to respond to those housing needs, and operated on it’s own.

1985 - Operation Friendship Housing Society (OFHS), a sister society was formed when the Rooming House, a 40 room building, was built for hard-to-house seniors.

1985 – The McCauley Seniors Drop-in Centre officially opened.

1992 – OFHS built Hutton Place, a 20 unit apartment building.

1994 – OFHS built Sparling Lodge a 20 suite lodge.

1998 – OFHS took over the management of McCauley Lodge, a 58 suite lodge from our friends at Greater Edmonton Foundation.

2005 – We amalgamated our two societies to become Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS).

2006 – In partnership with Capital Region Housing Corporation, we manage Alliance Manor, a 42 unit apartment building.

2010 – OFSS took over management of Pioneer Place Senior Citizens apartment building. In total, OFSS manages 350 housing units throughout the inner-city, in our Rooming House, Apartments, Lodges.