Chilliwack Community Services is pleased to announce it has received its fourth CARF international accreditation. CARF is the gold standard for non-profit operation, evaluating all areas of program service and delivery, governance, administration, financial management, community relations and human resources. Organizations go through a rigorous process of on site and document review which also includes interviews with clients, staff, leadership and board members. CARF stated “this achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons you serve. Your organization should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation.” CCS went through the CARF process in the fall, of 2017. Diane Janzen, Executive Director, stated, “We are very pleased to have received CARF accreditation. This is a measure of the dedication of the board, staff and volunteers and our commitment to this great community of Chilliwack. It is also our promise to continually improve for the benefit of the more than 6,800 people that we serve every year.”
Chilliwack Community Services is pleased to announce that one of its key focus areas in 2018 will be youth homelessness. The Government of Canada, through the Homelessness Partnership Strategy (HPS), has provided support for $50,000 to address youth homelessness in Chilliwack. CCS, through its Connections Program, will be working to provide stable housing, links to education, securing income and providing trauma-based services to 15 youth who form part of the 50 young people under 19 in Chilliwack who are homeless. This initiative is a major partnership initiative with the Chilliwack School District and the Ministry of Children and Families.
This augments the work of Chilliwack Community Services in youth homelessness, including the operation of the Village, a facility that provides housing for youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and its youth services programs which includes life skills training, recreation, young parents’ programming, counselling and trauma-based services and youth support programs which help more than 300 youth a year.
Diane Janzen, Executive Director, stated: “We at Chilliwack Community Services are committed to eliminating youth homelessness and working to provide a pathway from poverty to positive and safe lives for youth in our community that includes safe housing, education and stable income. If we can address these issues now we will prevent homelessness in adulthood.”
Have you heard of the Starfish Pack Program? If you haven't, listen up. There is a neat opportunity for you to give back to your neighbours and invest in building up our community.
Approximately 600 children in Chilliwack go to school hungry on Monday mornings. Currently most students in need are provided with breakfast, recess snacks and lunch each day at school. Unfortunately, the lack of access to food does not end when the weekend arrives, so the Starfish Backpack Program was created by the Abbotsford Rotary Club in response to that need.
Backpacks are sent home each Friday, full of food for children and their families for the weekend during the school year. The cost of filling each backpack is $525 per school year with 100% of the donations received going directly to the purchase of food for the backpacks.
This year Baker Newby LLP is matching dollar for dollar all local donations received up to a maximum of $80,000 received before the end of 2017. Donate today and help your local community in need. If you are looking for opportunity to volunteer with this program, please call our office today 604-792-4267. No child should go home hungry!