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Archway Launches Community Van Pilot with Multiple Partners

Archway Launches Community Van Pilot with Multiple Partners

A pilot Community Van project aims to fill the gap for non-transit transportation in Abbotsford. Volunteers will drive vulnerable and low-income individuals and families to appointments, services and community or work participation activities.  Archway Community...

New Beginnings: Expanded Supports for Young Parents

New Beginnings: Expanded Supports for Young Parents

The Archway New Beginnings program, which offers young parents the opportunity to complete their secondary school education while accessing parenting supports and quality childcare, has expanded their offering and is reaching out further into the community. We are...

CN Grant to Fund Domestic Violence Prevention Program at Archway

CN Grant to Fund Domestic Violence Prevention Program at Archway

A $10,000 grant from CN will fund a domestic violence prevention program specifically geared towards Punjabi-speaking immigrant men. Courtyard for Men offers eight psychoeducational therapy group sessions in Punjabi with licensed counsellors who teach effective...

Rod Santiago Marks 10 Years as Archway Executive Director

Rod Santiago Marks 10 Years as Archway Executive Director

  Our Executive Director, Rod Santiago, recently marked 10 years at the helm of Archway Community Services. This past decade has been filled with tremendous growth and change for us as an organization, with much for him to reflect on. Some changes were public,...

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Archway Community Services stands by its June 15th statement of support on the Black Lives Matter movement. The statement that “all lives matter” suggests or assumes that equality has already happened.  This ideal is still very far from the reality for people...

Gang Prevention Work Continues Amid COVID

Gang Prevention Work Continues Amid COVID

Anti-gang youth workers have continued to support at-risk youth with modified services to meet the unique challenges that have emerged during the COVID pandemic. The In It Together program, which is part of Archway Community Services, seeks to disrupt the flow of...

Hoon Park Natural Playground Now Open

Hoon Park Natural Playground Now Open

Abbotsford residents can now enjoy enhanced outdoor recreation opportunities with the completion of several park improvement projects, announced Mayor Henry Braun. These improvements include the natural park playground at Hoon Park, a legacy of Archway's 50th...

Foundry Health Centre Celebrates 2nd Year of Helping Youth

Foundry Health Centre Celebrates 2nd Year of Helping Youth

Foundry Abbotsford celebrated its second year in operation with a virtual bingo event on June 19th.   Foundry Abbotsford provides local youth between 12 and 24 and their families with integrated wellness services, such as physical and mental health care, substance use...

Anti-Racism Coalition Welcomes New Members

Anti-Racism Coalition Welcomes New Members

The Fraser Valley Human Dignity Coalition (FVHDC), a local group addressing issues of racism, is holding its quarterly meeting on June 18th.  The group meets to discuss reported cases of racism and discrimination, hear presentations and discuss community issues,...

Benefits for Employers Connecting with STRIDE

Benefits for Employers Connecting with STRIDE

The Archway STRIDE for Older Workers program has an exciting new initiative to help match local employers with great candidates who have completed STRIDE. Can your business lend a hand? Participating can help efficiently match employers with qualified, pre-screened...

55+ Senior Employment Program Moves Online

55+ Senior Employment Program Moves Online

The Archway Skills Training Results in Directed Education and Employment (STRIDE) program has moved their program to an effective combination of online/tele-consults and in person to keep supporting clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. STRIDE helps unemployed or...

Prospera Secures $10K Grant for Archway Mental Wellness Programs

Prospera Secures $10K Grant for Archway Mental Wellness Programs

Thank you to Prospera Credit Union who recently secured a grant from Concentra for $10,000, on behalf of Archway Community Services. The funds will support mental health programs at Archway including counselling for youth and families.   “The Prospera community team...

Social Justice in the Time of COVID-19

Social Justice in the Time of COVID-19

By Megan Capp, Manager of Social Justice, Seniors and Housing at Archway Community ServicesWe are living in unprecedented times.  Globally, COVID-19 swiftly and drastically impacted all of our lives.  We worry about our economic livelihood.  We struggle with the...

Expanded Services for Seniors Available Amidst COVID-19

Expanded Services for Seniors Available Amidst COVID-19

As the seriousness of COVID-19 was becoming rapidly apparent, Archway Community Services saw an opportunity to act.  With a longstanding history of supporting our community in times of crisis, existing resources in the Seniors Department were quickly deployed...

Mental Health Supports and Resources

Mental Health Supports and Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation that is challenging the mental health of virtually everyone. Even if you're not concerned about the health of a loved one or loss of employment, changes to your daily routines and inability to socialize and conduct...

COVID-19 Information for Kids

COVID-19 Information for Kids

Many of us are experiencing uncertainty right now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. People with children are also noting their increased worry and confusion over school closures, cancellation of plans and other changes and restrictions on daily routines. There...

Archway Income Tax Program Suspended

Archway Income Tax Program Suspended

To help keep our staff and clients safe during COVID-19, we have suspended the Volunteer Income Tax Program for 2020.   The due date for filing individual tax returns has been extended to June 1, 2020. Taxpayers will have until September 1, 2020 to pay any 2019 income...

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Archway is currently open but running limited or modified services during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have some staff in the office and we also have staff working remotely to assist clients online or via phone to limit in-person interactions. We are doing our part to...

Newcomers Gather to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Newcomers Gather to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Art, music and dance highlight the cultures of many women who now call Abbotsford home.  The Archway Community Connections program hosted its 8th annual Ladies’ Night on March 6th, bringing together 200 immigrant and refugee women from dozens of countries to celebrate...

Archway’s Response to COVID-19

Archway’s Response to COVID-19

Please click here for our March 18th, 2020 update on Archway programs and services during COVID-19. Last Updated: March 16th While the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Canada remains low, Archway is keeping a close eye on the developing situation. At this point,...

Rally to Mark Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week

Rally to Mark Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week

On Tuesday March 10th, the Abbotsford Community Action Team (ACAT) will host their annual public rally against the sexual exploitation of children and youth.    “The rally is an opportunity to raise continued awareness that exploitation of youth is happening right...

STRIDE Employment Forum

STRIDE Employment Forum

Please join our STRIDE (Skills Training Results in Directed Education / Employment) for Older Workers program in their first Employment Forum on March 2, 2020! This forum will be an opportunity for people 55+ (existing clients, potential STRIDE participants and anyone...

Archway to Host Recruitment Fair

Archway to Host Recruitment Fair

Curious to know more about working at Archway? We're hosting a recruitment fair on February 24th from 11am to 3pm at the High Street Community Room (room G135).  Archway is one of the biggest non-profit organizations in BC and currently employs over 400 people in more...

Prospera Gifts Essential Items to the Youth Angel Tree Project

Prospera Gifts Essential Items to the Youth Angel Tree Project

Prospera Credit Union has collected and organized gifts for youth and families who struggle financially through the Youth Angel Tree Project throughout the past month. Now in its eighth year, the Youth Angel Tree Project makes wishes come true for local youth who are...

Reduce Waste this Holiday Season

Reduce Waste this Holiday Season

Christmas is wonderful, but it also creates a surprising amount of waste. Did you know that the holiday season is the busiest time of year for our Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program?  This Christmas, we have a few tips if you’re looking for simple ways to reduce...

New Program Offers Employment Support for Older Adults 55+

New Program Offers Employment Support for Older Adults 55+

The Skills Training Results in Directed Education and Employment (STRIDE) program supports adults over 55 to find sustainable employment. The new program is offered here at Archway and is open to residents of the Fraser Valley who are unemployed or under-employed.  ...

Help Wrap Up Some Christmas Cheer and Support Archway Programs

Help Wrap Up Some Christmas Cheer and Support Archway Programs

Volunteers are needed again this holiday season to help wrap some Christmas cheer at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre! If you like wrapping presents and have some time to spare, gift wrapping shifts are open:Mondays to SaturdaysDecember 1st to 15th 12:00pm to 9:00pmDecember...

Toys for Tots Raises over $42,000 and 1780 Toys 

Toys for Tots Raises over $42,000 and 1780 Toys 

The seventh annual Toys for Tots Breakfast on November 22nd raised over $42,000 and 1780 toys for the Christmas Bureau program of the Archway Food Bank.    It’s such an incredible feeling seeing the community band together to make Christmas magical by bringing gifts...

Anti-Gang Program Awarded BC Youth Leadership Award

Anti-Gang Program Awarded BC Youth Leadership Award

The South Asian Community Resource Office (SACRO) was awarded the 2019 Province of BC Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award for Youth Leadership last Friday.     SACRO is a program of Archway Community Services (formerly known as Abbotsford Community Services)...

Immigrant Advisory Table Looking for New Volunteers

Immigrant Advisory Table Looking for New Volunteers

The Abbotsford Local Immigration Partnership (ALIP) is seeking volunteers for the Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT) to help guide policies and strategies for inclusion in Abbotsford.  ALIP is a collective initiative designed to strengthen our ability to welcome...

Prospera Donates $25,000 towards Mental Wellness at Archway

Prospera Donates $25,000 towards Mental Wellness at Archway

(L-R: Steve Lang, Prospera Regional Director, Fraser Valley; Anastasia Aubert, Prospera Branch Manager West Oaks; Eileen Evans, Prospera Branch Manager Abbotsford Branch; Serge Léger, Prospera VP Marketing & Member Innovation; Rod Santiago, Archway Executive...

Coalition Seeking Reports of Discrimination and Racism

Coalition Seeking Reports of Discrimination and Racism

When Lia Bishop’s pride flag was cut up, she knew exactly what to do. She reported the incident to police, contacted local news stations, and notified the Fraser Valley Human Dignity Coalition (FVHDC) program. As a former FVHDC employee, she was aware of her options,...

Foundry Abbotsford Holds Indigenous Brushing Ceremony

Foundry Abbotsford Holds Indigenous Brushing Ceremony

The Foundry acknowledges that we are located on the unceded territory of the Stō:ló, Matsqui First Nation.  Elder Gwen Point performed a brushing ceremony on a Coast Salish Whirl carved by respected artist, Ray Silver at Foundry Abbotsford on Tuesday,...

Inclusive Employers Recognized at Annual Excellence Awards

Inclusive Employers Recognized at Annual Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Inclusive Employers' Excellence Awards, held Wednesday October 30th at the Legacy Sports Centre in Abbotsford. The third annual event honoured employers who made it a part of their business plan to hire people living with...

Community Builders’ Awards Honour Individuals and Organizations

Community Builders’ Awards Honour Individuals and Organizations

Individuals and organizations were honoured with Community Builders’ Awards on Oct 24th in a presentation at The Reach Gallery Museum. Each year, we present the awards annually to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations who work tirelessly, passionately...

Inclusive Employer Awards 2019

Inclusive Employer Awards 2019

October is National Disability Employment Awareness month, so it is fitting that the third annual Inclusive Employer Excellence Awards will honour employers who make it a part of their business plan to hire people living with diverse abilities...

Can you Spare 40 Seconds on World Mental Health Day?

Can you Spare 40 Seconds on World Mental Health Day?

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, a day marked by the World Health Organization to raise awareness about mental health issues and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This year the WHO is focusing on suicide prevention.Suicide PreventionDid...

A Day of Pumpkin Decorating at the Recycling Depot

A Day of Pumpkin Decorating at the Recycling Depot

On Saturday, October 26th, the Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program will be hosting their annual Day of Pumpkin Decorating from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the recycling depot located at 33670 Valley Road in Abbotsford. The free event is held in...

New to Abbotsford? Hop on Board the Newcomers Bus Tour!

New to Abbotsford? Hop on Board the Newcomers Bus Tour!

New to Abbotsford? Join us on the FREE Newcomers Bus Tour and learn more about life in Abbotsford, local Indigenous history and the attractions and services available in our community. Free lunch provided!  This bus tour is designed for: Permanent residents...

Archway Marks 50th Anniversary with Open House

Archway Marks 50th Anniversary with Open House

Archway Community Services held our 50th Anniversary celebration on Thursday, Sept 19th at our downtown Abbotsford location.  Guests had a chance to visit 14 different stations featuring some of our 90+ agency programs ranging from family programs, innovative youth...

Archway to Celebrate 50 Years with Open House

Archway to Celebrate 50 Years with Open House

We're celebrating our 50th year anniversary with an open house on Thursday, Sept 19th. The community is invited to tour the site and learn more about the programs currently running, the history of our agency and join in the cake-cutting ceremony at 5pm. “We wanted to...

Adventure Playground Planned for Hoon Park

Adventure Playground Planned for Hoon Park

Archway Community Services is working with the City of Abbotsford to revitalize Hoon Park in Abbotsford. This will be our community’s first natural park playground and will enhance the existing play space currently at Hoon Park. Hoon Park will be transformed into an...

3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises $50,000

3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises $50,000

We hosted our third annual charity golf tournament on Tuesday, June 25 at Ledgeview Golf Club. The Archway Community Services Jake Virtanen Charity Golf Tournament raised over $50,000 to support Archway programs including those for parents, children, seniors and...

Foundry Abbotsford Health Centre Celebrates 1 Year of Helping Youth

Foundry Abbotsford Health Centre Celebrates 1 Year of Helping Youth

Foundry Abbotsford celebrated its first year of operation with a celebration for the youth they serve, their families and the centre’s partners. In addition to enjoying an ice cream sundae bar, attendees played games and won door prizes donated by local...