When Peace Arch Community Services was founded over 35 years ago, only a few thousand people sought its services and referral information. As family and social challenges intensified, so did the need for Peace Arch Community Services volunteers and professionals to help those in need overcome adversity and build a better life.
Today known as Sources, the agency answers 30,000 calls for help each year. Volunteers drive for seniors and answer calls for information. Caring professionals work with families in distress. The food bank, treatment facilities, group homes, and family and individual counselling services are among the many programs provided by Sources Community Resource Centres.
Sources is proud to have played a role in the efforts of this community to promote a better quality life for all, and to build a sense of community which encourages each of us to lend support to neighbours in need.
In part, this is what makes the peninsula a great place to live. We are very proud that Sources (formerly Peace Arch Community Services) was the first social service agency in British Columbia to have received international accreditation, a significant recognition of the quality of the services that Sources provides.
Furthermore, as a result of our commitment to healthy communities and service excellence, the readers of the Surrey NOW newspaper have five times selected Peace Arch Community Services (PACS) as the "Best Community Service Organization" of the Semiahmoo Peninsula. PACS was also chosen to receive the WR/SS Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award for a business with over 21 employees. We expect Sources to maintain this strong tradition of service excellence in the community.
Please read our latest newsletter, Re:Sources, for up-to-date information about our programs and activities. To subscribe contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call us at (604) 531-6226.
Did you know...
- In 2008, Peace Arch Community Services celebrated 30 years of service to the communities of Surrey and White Rock. Last year, we provided direct service to over 12,300 individuals, 90% of whom live in Surrey. This represents approximately 3 out of every 100 infants, children, youth, teens, adults and seniors in Surrey and 6 out of every 100 in White Rock.
- Our Help Line and Volunteer Services responds to over 5,700 requests for assistance a year and drives those in need to medical appointments, grocery shops for those who are house bound, distributes Christmas hampers to needy families, provides meals at our annual Christmas Day dinner, and prepares pro bono tax returns. Through our Volunteer Centre, we inform individuals not only of volunteer opportunities within the 14 different programs within Sources but also within other organizations in Surrey and White Rock who may need their skills, abilities and talents.
- Our Employment Resource Centre, located in Cloverdale, assists almost 1,500 individuals a year to find work, change careers or upgrade their skills.
- Our Food Bank, the only one of our programs to have the geographic limitation of White Rock/South Surrey, assists approximately 1% of the population each year, (1/3 of whom were children), with food, clothing, washer/dryer and shower facilities. We also provide children with over 18,000 School Lunches and Preschool Snacks a year.
- Our Counselling/Addictions and Employee Assistance Program has over 2,500 individual, group and family sessions a year. Our two DVDs on Crystal Meth "Death by Jib" and "Cold as Ice" and our new one on teen drug use "HIGH School Confidential" have been seen by thousands of teens, parents and adults.
- Our Infant Development Program, located in Newton and the largest in Canada, assists almost 600 families a year with their babies at risk of developmental delays.
- Our Youth, Child and Family Services Programs provide over 6,300 hours of support and outreach a year to children, teens and their parents.
- Our Specialized Adult Services Program, located in Newton, assists over 200 adults with developmental delays a year to improve their life skills. Their "Events Unlimited Impostors Revue" musical impersonation show has performed to countless over the years, including the 2007 Surrey Board of Trade Annual General Meeting.
- Last year, our group homes for at risk teens, located in Surrey, helped 84 youth with over 500 counselling sessions and activities to reunite them with their families. Our two group homes for adults with developmental delays, located in Surrey, continue to provide a nurturing and supportive environment.
- Our almost 140 staff and 150 volunteers donated almost 22,000 hours of their time last year, to fourteen programs in nine different locations.
- Peace Arch Community Services was the first social service agency in British Columbia and the 13th in Canada to be accredited by the internationally recognized Council on Accreditation and we are the only one in British Columbia to be accredited four times.
- For six out of the past eight years, Peace Arch Community Services has been voted "Best Community Service" agency by readers of the "Now" newspaper. In 2004, we received the "Business of the Year" award from the White Rock/South Surrey Chamber of Commerce and in 2006, the Surrey Board of Trade awarded us the "Business Excellence Award" in the Not for Profit category.