Vibrant Abbotsford is an initiative of the United Way of the Fraser Valley (UWFV) focused on building a more vibrant city through the reduction of poverty. The initiative’s most recent project is the Fresh Food Box and Bulk Buying Club, a project that will purchase household and food items at wholesale cost, leveraging low-income residents’ buying power and passing along savings to participants.Envision Financial is proud to support the Abbotsford Fresh Food Box and Bulk Buying Club program with a $5,005 donation from the Envision Financial Community Endowment administered by the First West Foundation.
How do you bring about transformative change in teens? How do you build empathy and a better awareness of the lives and challenges of those around you? And how do you do all this in just one day? The answer is a workshop called Challenge Day. Over 270 students and 80 adult volunteers in Mission recently attended one of three Challenge Day workshops, thanks in part to a $9,700 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment housed with the First West Foundation.
Reach Child and Youth Development Society is an organization that has been supporting children with special needs and their families for over fifty years. Over that time, they’ve seen the number of children who need their services grow significantly and they now need a new home to provide those services effectively. Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment housed with the First West Foundation, Reach is getting closer to their goal of raising $4 million.
Mental illness is a hidden issue in our communities that usually only surfaces when tragedy strikes. Most would be surprised to learn that nearly 650 children and youth in the Fraser Valley suffer from mental illness each year. Now, thanks in part to funding from the Envision Financial Community Endowment toward the Adolescent Day Treatment Program (ADT) at Surrey Memorial Hospital, some of our most vulnerable youth have the support they need toward the road to mental health and wellness.
The ADT Program supports youth whose mental health symptoms are affecting their
Abbotsford Community Services has been awarded a $7,500 grant towards their “Art of Supervision – Training and Curriculum Development” program, providing supervisory training for all supervisory-level staff at the organization plus the development of curriculum for ongoing training of new supervisors. Abbotsford Community Services has 30 supervisors and 300 staff; this new program will allow the organization to fulfill their mandate of promoting from within.
The Envision Financial Community Endowment has provided a $10,000 grant to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley in support of its In School Mentoring Program. The program focuses on the mentor/mentee relationship and aims to help children and youth increase their self esteem, develop character and respect, and make better lifestyle choices.
Deltassist Family and Community Services recognizes that while all people have the right to live free of violence, not all do. They see firsthand how violence disables people from living to their full potential, affects all ages and segments of society, and impacts not just the primary victim, but others as well.
Now, thanks to a $20,943 grant from the Envision Financial Community Endowment to Deltassist Family and Community Services (Deltassist), the society can offer a 12-week, self-referred Healthy Relationships and Stress Management program to counsel people at risk for committing domestic violence, and is free to people who struggle with anger management and violent tendencies.
The South Fraser Community Services Society has been providing food, shelter and most importantly, hope and support, to the region’s most vulnerable citizens for more than nineteen years. “According to the last Regional Homeless Count conducted in 2008, there are more than 300 homeless individuals in Surrey, many of whom have mental health issues and struggle with addiction,” said Shayne Williams, executive director, SFCSS.
Nothing can be more important in our communities than the health and welfare of our children. They represent our future, and investing in them will result in positive health, social and economic outcomes for today and tomorrow.
The Hope & Area Transition Society is promoting the development of a safe and healthy society everyday through the services, advocacy and education programs they provide for individuals and families affected by social issues. Most recently, through funding from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, they have developed the Violence Prevention Program, a nine month in-school initiative aimed at breaking the cycle of violence in children’s lives.
Navigating the rocky road to adulthood is challenging for young girls at the best of times.
Girls Empowerment Group, a newly-launched program at the Ann Davis Transition Society in Chilliwack, brings girls aged 12-17 years together for eight-week sessions to build life skills and develop behavioural and emotional supports. The Envision Financial Community Endowment grant will provide funding for four groups of 12 girls each who will benefit from facilitated instruction and recreation and crafts to learn about communications, healthy relationships, abuse awareness, understanding emotions and leadership to enhance the girls’ self-image.