TRURO – A counselling service in Truro is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Archway Counselling, previously called Christian Counselling Ministries, is celebrating two decades in Truro. Executive director Brian Schrock said there are unique aspects of the service that he believes have contributed to its longevity.
“I’m only aware of one other Christian program in the Maritimes like this. People believe in this work and the support from the community has not diminished over the years,” said Schrock.
Also unique is that Archway Counselling offers services at
“affordable” rates. A counselling session costs between $30 and $95, depending on the client’s financial situation.
“It’s also unique because you pay what you can afford, and that’s important because people fall through the cracks when they can’t afford counselling they need.”
Archway Counselling serves an estimated 400 clients a year and has an operating budget of about $300,000 annually. The organization also oversees Slate Youth Centre, which has upwards of 30 youth, between the ages of 13 and 18, three nights a week. All youth events are free.
Providing affordable services is a challenge though, said Schrock.
“Finances are always a challenge. Fifty per cent of our finances come from services fees and the other comes from fundraisers and donations.”
Keeping up-to-date with fundraising is only one of the goals for 2014, said Schrock.
“We need to stay relevant. Just because we’ve been here 20 years we don’t want to rest on our laurels,” he said, adding some issues to consider in the upcoming months include whether or not to install another satellite office (there is one in Lower Sackville and Westville) and “how can we better meet the needs of youth in the community? There’s also an ongoing need to educate the community as to who we are and what we do.”
Schrock believes 20 years in the community is only the beginning.
“Archway will be around for a long, long time. People will always struggle. Each of us struggles at some point in our lives and we need somewhere to go,” he said.
Feedback from the public is always encouraging, as well, Schrock said. Clients have told Archway staff their marriage was saved and even lives were saved thanks to the help and hope they received through the services.
Did you know?
- Archway Counselling has six therapists and two satellite offices
- It’s Slate Youth Centre has been open eight years
- The organization used to be called Christian Counselling Ministries until December 2012.
What: Dinner and silent auction
When: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m.
Where: Best Western Glengarry
Featuring: Entertainment by James Hill (jazz, bluegrass, old-time, folk, ukulele) and Anne Janelle (cello, recorder, sax, ukulele)
Cost: $40 or a table of eight for $300
Tickets at: Archway Counselling and MacQuarries Pharmasave
Last year: The event raised $16,000
This year’s goal: $20,000
Proceeds go to: Archway Counselling’s various programs