From Left to Right – Archway Directors Tina Poudrier-Beck, Leah Wynsouw, Louise Smith and Rod Santiago
The Prospera Foundation has given a $350,000 grant to Archway Community Services to implement a new business platform over the next five years.
Archway Community Services is a non-profit, multi-service, multi-funded community-based social service agency that helps thousands of people each year at locations from Abbotsford to India. Archway offers 90+ programs for all ages – from newborn babies to seniors, individuals escaping violence, people facing addiction, newcomers to Canada, and much more.
“As we’ve seen over the pandemic and now with the flooding disaster, we often have to react quickly to situations and having the right technology allows our staff to pivot when needed,” said Rod Santiago, Archway’s Executive Director.
“An upgrade to our business platforms has been long overdue, however these types of upgrades are expensive and difficult to budget for in a non-profit because we always want to ensure we support our community needs first. Prospera’s vision and support to the enterprise side of our agency will have a significant impact and will optimize so many key functions integral to the delivery of our work,” said Louise Smith, the Director of Operations at Archway.
“This will enable us to provide more streamlined administrative support to our 90 plus programs, which will help our front-line staff have more time to focus on client care.”
The funding will cover the cost of finding and licensing the new system, as well as staff training and other implementation costs.
“As we’ve seen over the pandemic and now with the flooding disaster, we often have to react quickly to situations and having the right technology allows our staff to pivot when needed.”
“Now more than ever, Prospera is working hard to support our communities and community partners,” said Prospera Credit Union President and CEO Gavin Toy. “I am excited that we can help make an impact on Archway in their endeavours for a better digital experience for the people they help and their staff. We believe that investing in our communities grows prosperity for everyone and we’re committed to making the communities in which we operate stronger.”
The system will help the People and Culture department at Archway manage onboarding, personnel files, training records and a variety of employee reports for their over 400 staff members.
Leah Wynsouw, Archway Director of People and Culture, shares that the new system will enable them to spend more of their time supporting staff wellness and employee engagement.
“Sometimes the administrative part of our work is so time consuming that we aren’t able to be as proactive as we want to be in these other very important aspects,” said Wynsouw.
Another area that will benefit is the Finance department as their current accounting system requires considerable manual work to generate the reports needed.
“This new system will not only increase our efficiencies but also provide real-time information for programs in between reporting periods to assist with budget management,” said Tina Poudrier-Beck, the Archway Director of Finance.
“I am excited that we can help make an impact on Archway in their endeavors for a better digital experience for the people they help and their staff. We believe that investing in our communities grows prosperity for everyone and we’re committed to making the communities in which we operate stronger.”
About Archway Community Services
Archway Community Services is a non-profit, multi-service, community-based social service agency. Archway provides over 90 programs and services to families, youth, seniors and newcomers.
In operation for over 50 years, Archway strives to foster community well-being and social justice through positive action and leadership, while embracing diversity and promoting inclusion.
About Prospera Credit Union
Local banking means investing in Local Good.
Built on over 75 years as a BC credit union, Prospera Credit Union is a community-based, purpose-driven organization that offers a full range of financial products and services.
Prospera is British Columbia’s fourth-largest credit union, with $9 billion in assets and 120,000 members. With 26 branches, Prospera is proud to serve communities from Vancouver, through the Fraser Valley, and to the Okanagan.
It’s our vision to help build vibrant, healthy communities, thriving local enterprises, and financially empowered people.