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Stay up to date on news about Archway programs, events and partnerships with other community organizations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

To help keep our staff and clients safe during COVID-19, we have suspended the Volunteer Income Tax Program indefinitely.   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...

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

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

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

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

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

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 Supports Youth through Youth Angel Tree Project and Donation

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

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+

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

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 

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

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

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

(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

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...

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

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

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

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?

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

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? 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 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

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

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

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 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...

New Funding for WEAVE Program

Rod Santiago, Archway Executive Director, Shawn Beyes, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Great Vancouver, Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon, Henry Braun, Mayor of Abbotsford, Mike Serr, Chief Constable of Abbotsford...

Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards Recognize Diverse Leaders

The 16th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards were held Thursday in Abbotsford. Since 2003, community members have nominated businesses, programs, initiatives, schools and leaders that build inclusive and diverse communities in Abbotsford, Mission, Langley...

Cultural Diversity Awards – A Retrospective

On March 14th Abbotsford Community Services, in partnership with Chilliwack and Mission Community Services and Langley New Directions English Language School, will mark 16 years of the Cultural Diversity Awards. The 2019 celebration will feature Cecelia Reekie, a...

Christmas Season a Testament to Community Generosity

The 2018 holiday season was a testament to the kindness of so many people in our community. Individuals and businesses rallied around our numerous programs and fundraising initiatives and demonstrated once again why Abbotsford is known as the most generous city in...

Record Breaking Year for Toys for Tots

The sixth annual Toys for Tots Breakfast on November 23rd raised a record-breaking $60,976 and 2,657 toys for children in need over the holidays. The record was achieved in part by a $20,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor.“Once again we’re blown away by the...

50 Years of Christmas Cheer

From 70 families served in 1968 to 573 families served in 2017. We're so thankful for our generous community who has made the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau a success all these years. The Christmas Bureau is a cornerstone of the community here in Abbotsford. Every...

Prospera Supports Youth through Youth Angel Tree Project and Donation

Prospera Credit Union is once again coordinating gifts for disadvantaged youth through the Youth Angel Tree Project. Now in its seventh year, the Youth Angel Tree Project makes wishes come true for local youth. Trees are set up at local Prospera branches featuring...

Communities in Bloom

Thank you to Communities in Bloom Abbotsford for their donation to our Garden Project! They also made our garden a stop on their most recent tour. Did you know that Abbotsford is now a 5 Bloom Community?

Ways to Give Back this Christmas

For many people, the holidays are time of great cheer, while others face loneliness or poverty that is amplified by the joy around them. What's more, lots of us strive for balance during the Christmas season, focusing on both having fun and finding meaning in the...