Archway News

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

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...

Meals on Wheels August Menu

Please click here to download the healthy and delicious Meals on Wheels menu for August. Please contact Nancy in the Meals on Wheels program at 604-870-3764 with any questions or to place your order.  

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...

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...

ACS Halloween Roundup

Halloween at ACS has included tricks, treats, clients from our EPIC and Seniors programs, a staff potluck and a troupe of dancing witches! Have fun and be safe if you're going out in Abbotsford tonight! Thank You Abbotsford for welcoming all the Syrian Refugee...

2018 Community Builders’ Awards

We're so fortunate to work with some amazing people and businesses who share our vision for "Justice, opportunities and equitable access for all." Each year we recognize some of the most dedicated individuals and organizations who work tirelessly, passionately and...

Abbotsford Home Depot Supports Programs for Homeless Youth

A big “thank you” to Store Manager Kevin Nutt and the entire team at Home Depot in Abbotsford. In June, their participation in the Orange Door Project raised $5,547 to support ACS programs for homeless youth. Through the initiative, customers could purchase paper...

Newcomers Fair Showcased Services Available in Abbotsford

This event was for everyone from immigrants, to people who have moved to Abbotsford from another city, to those seeking employment services or information on childcare subsidies. The Immigrant Settlement program and AbbotsfordWORKS co-hosted the event and provided job...

Businesses Honoured at 2018 Inclusive Employers Excellence Awards

There was a festive atmosphere at Browns Social House in Abbotsford as several businesses were honoured at the Inclusive Employers Excellence Awards on Wednesday, October 3rd. In addition to the award winners, other business leaders, Mayor Henry Braun, and several...

Recap: 2018 Annual General Meeting

Our Executive Director, Rod Santiago, likes to think of our Annual General Meeting as a "reunion." Throughout the year, while we're actively participating in our various roles, we don't always get to connect. Once a year, however, ACS staff, leadership, board,...

Register Today for Family Education Programs

Three of our Family Education programs have sessions upcoming! Through them, we provide support and education to promote change, encourage personal growth and enhance healthy families. These programs are funded through the Ministry of Children and Family Development....

Attend the Newcomers’ Fair!

We encourage you to join us at our Townline Road location on October 10th for our 2nd annual Newcomers' Fair! Learn more about employment and settlement services, work safety and the community programs that might be of use to you.This event is for everyone from...

2018 ACS Annual General Meeting

Dear ACS Members, please save the date for the upcoming Annual General Meeting Please join us for light refreshments, a review of agency business from our Board of Directors and presentations from the EPIC and In It Together programs. 20 September 2018 at 5:30 pm...

Annual Seniors’ Picnic in the Park

The Seniors' Picnic in the Park takes place on July 30, 2018, from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm. Please join us near the Bevan Avenue entrance to Mill Lake! Tickets are just $7 and rides are available if needed. You can pick up tickets at ACS' offices at 2420 Montrose Avenue or...

ACS Hosts 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) hosted our 2nd annual charity golf tournament on June 26th at Ledgeview Golf Club. 120 golfers at the sold-out tournament enjoyed lunch, a round of golf and a dinner with silent and live auctions.“It was an amazing day and we want...

Foundry Grand Opening

Foundry Abbotsford has officially opened its doors, providing local youth and their families with supports for their mental health, substance use and overall wellness needs. “There is nothing more important than ensuring young people get the support they need to take...

Orange Door Project Supporting Homeless Youth in Final Week

From now until June 24th, The Home Depot Abbotsford location is raising funds to support homeless youth programs at Abbotsford Community Services (ACS). Customers can purchase paper orange doors for $2 at the till and Home Depot doubles donations for top-performing...

Amazing Community Response to Displaced Farmworkers

In an amazing display of community, Abbotsford residents, organizations, churches, gurdwaras and businesses banded together to help the 75 farmworkers who lost their housing and most of their belongings on Thursday April 26th. “I was amazed at how quickly the...

ACS Staff Recognition

Every year we gather to honour our dedicated staff who have been with ACS for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years. This year, we gathered at Zaika Restaurant in Abbotsford to sit down for a meal together, share laughs and memories and celebrate our team. Please join us in...

Recycling Program Creates Green Business Resource Kit

Is your business looking for ways to reduce waste? Our Green Team committee has developed a resource to support local companies looking to reduce their impact on the environment. An initiative of the Abbotsford Community Services Green Team, our newly created Green...

New Funding to Help South Asian Females at Risk of Gang Involvement

The provincial government has granted us $75,000 to help South Asian female youth who are at high risk of becoming involved in criminal activity or those who are currently involved in youth crime or gang activity. This initiative will help us to help local South Asian...

In Celebration of International Women’s Day

On Friday, we held our sixth annual Ladies’ Night, bringing together more than 200 immigrant and refugee women for a celebration in honor of International Women’s Day. “Our clients look forward to this event all year,” said Community Connections coordinator Andrea...

Home Depot Donates Time & Tiles for Kitchens

Home Depot’s volunteer force, Team Depot, came to install tile in three Abbotsford Community Services kitchens on April 26th and May 24th. One of the kitchens is part of the children’s activity room which provides a place for children to play while their parents take...

2018 Cultural Diversity Awards

Visit the Cultural Diversity Awards website to submit a nomination and find out more about the next awards night on March 14th, 2019. The 15th Annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards were held on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Quality Hotel & Conference...

In Recognition of our Amazing Volunteers

April 15-21st, 2018 marks National Volunteer Week - a time when we say a special "thank you" to the (literally, hundreds) of people who donate their valuable time, skills and immense energy to our various programs. From buddies for Syrian refugee families and...

Rally Against Sexual Exploitation of Youth

RALLY TO MARK SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AWARENESS WEEK On Tuesday, March 6th, the Abbotsford Community Action Team (ACAT) will host a public rally to raise awareness of sexual exploitation of children and youth. “We need to be aware that sexual exploitation of our youth is...

A Chance to Start Again: Celebrating One Year at Hearthstone Place

Before Chuck came to Hearthstone Place, he was living under a bridge in Abbotsford. Once an award-winning mechanic, he wanted to “get back to reality” but felt stuck. He didn’t like the attitude on the streets and while he got along with local aid workers and police...

Tax Filing Assistance for Seniors

While nobody looks forward to tax time, for some seniors filing taxes is extra challenging due to fixed incomes or limited computer skills. While their incomes may not be high it's important that they file so can receive all the benefits they are entitled to.  Income...

Result! Mission Senior Secondary Wins the 2018 Mind Grind

Despite inclement weather which saw several teams unable to make the trek to Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, 3 teams were able to participate in the 2018 Environmental Mind Grind, run by our Recycling program. This double-elimination style tournament tested their knowledge...

ACS Charity Golf Tournament

If you love golf, this is your opportunity to have fun while supporting a great cause!Taking place June 26, 2018, the tournament will be held at the beautiful Ledgeview Golf & Country Club – the ‘Jewel of the Fraser Valley.’ Ledgeview features a premium,...

Volunteer Income Tax Preparer Wanted

Volunteer Income Tax Preparer Position Program Overview Abbotsford Community Services in collaboration with the Canada Revenue Agency hosts an annual free tax preparation service for eligible Abbotsford residents, 55 years of age and older, of modest income and with...

Fostering Connections

Abbotsford and Mission are in need of caregivers who will open their hearts and homes to children and youth of all ages. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster caregiver and making a difference in the life of a child, please join us at an...

The Value of Partnerships

As 2017 draws to a close, I wanted to say a heartfelt “thank you” to you for your support of Abbotsford Community Services. Upon reflecting on all the events of the past year, the word that keeps coming to mind is "partnership." Being able to serve over 40,000 people...

Spreading Christmas Cheer Through Wrapping Gifts

When Robin McNaughton showed up to volunteer at the gift wrapping station at Sevenoaks Mall, she was surprised to see an old photo of her and her three children featured on a large poster. This year, the gift wrapping station is raising funds for Abbotsford Community...

Seniors Enjoy Festive Christmas Lunch

On Monday, December 11th the participants in our Seniors’ Programs enjoyed their annual Christmas Luncheon at TRADEX here in Abbotsford. Surrounded by Christmas decorations, the cozy gathering enjoyed companionship, door prize draws and entertainment by local...

Wrap Up Some Joy This Holiday Season!

Do you have a knack for wrapping presents or tying the perfect bow? Whether you can spare an hour or an afternoon, we would love your help. We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to wrap gifts for customers at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre throughout December. Gifts...

We Are Abbotsford

November 7th at The Reach Gallery Museum. Doors open at 6 pm. We invite you to an evening of art, dialogue, entertainment, food, and friends.  Abbotsford is made up of many cultures - all of which have shaped, built and enriched this community which we call home. Yet,...