United Way Announces Additional $70,000 to In It Together Anti-Gang Program

Published On May 10th 2019

United Way of the Lower Mainland is generously providing $70,000 to our gang-prevention program In It Together. Together with $100,000 in support given earlier in the year and funds from the Province of BC, they have enabled us to keep the doors open on this important initiative.

The additional funding was announced as part of the Fraser Valley Community Spirit Awards May 7, recognizing United Way donors and the impact their generosity is having in the Fraser Valley. At the same event, United Way also presented us with its Fraser Valley Spirit of Community Award, which we are honoured to have received.

United Way of the Lower Mainland's Regional Director, Yves Trudel, said, “United Way is proud to support the In It Together program, a truly local, high-impact approach that has garnered incredible support from local residents. When programs are paired with the passion and action of local citizens, we can create community-wide solutions to gang violence.”

“We’re so grateful for this continued partnership with United Way. Without their earlier support, we would have had to literally close our doors last year and lost skilled staff members and our long-term relationships with youth. United Way helped us through the interim period without government funding and are continuing to recognize this critical need by contributing funds to increase the services we can provide to at-risk youth and their families.” Said ACS Executive Director Rod Santiago.

- Rod Santiago, Executive Director, Abbotsford Community Services

The In It Together program has experienced many successes since its creation, including:

  • 427 youth participants (ages 12 – 30) supported since April 1, 2014.
  • Over 1,100 parents, grandparents, and guardians of youth at-risk of gangs supported.
  • Over 95% engagement rate (participants become involved and stay involved long term).
  • 54% decrease in total risk scores after 20 months.

Thank you, United Way Lower Mainland, for your considerable support of In It Together, which affords us the opportunity to continue helping at-risk youth and their families in Abbotsford.