Local business Stattonrock recently made a donation to Foundry Abbotsford, a youth health and wellness centre slated to open soon and led by Abbotsford Community Services (ACS). Kevin Neufeld (far left), Randi Dueck (third from left) and Dan Dueck (fourth from left) of Stattonrock are pictured with Foundry and ACS staff (from left) Jelisa Fast, Simone Maassen, Jenni Johnson, Leah Froese, Nyachol Solomon, Shairose Jinnah and Rod Santiago.

Local company to provide $100,000 over 10 years to Foundry Abbotsford

Youth health and wellness centre due to open this spring

Stattonrock Design and Build has committed $100,000 over a 10-year period to support Foundry Abbotsford, a soon to-be-open youth health and wellness centre.

Foundry Abbotsford – located at 3255 Simon Ave. – will offer local youth help with everything from finding employment to mental wellness support.

At the centre, youth ages 12 to 24 will be able to access mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services, and youth and family peer supports all under one roof.

Foundry Abbotsford will have a focus on prevention and early intervention with the goal of reaching young people early.

Stattonrock owners Dan and Randi Dueck wanted to be more involved in their local community and when they found out about Foundry Abbotsford it was a “no-brainer.”

“Our youth are our future and investing in the overall health of our young people is such an important job,” they said.

“As parents ourselves, we can sympathize with the struggles that some families go through when trying to navigate the current health system. With Foundry as a centralized support centre, it will remove some of the barriers to getting help in a timely manner.”

Foundry Abbotsford project manager Leah Froese said Stattonrock’s donation is much appreciated.

“We hope other businesses will follow their example so youth can get the help they need, when they need it,” she said.

After almost a decade in business, the Duecks have found a new calling to use their home building and renovation business to create something bigger.

In 2016, they also started supporting a village in Guatemala with a 10-year giving commitment. “We strongly believe in giving back to our local and global community in long-term sustainable ways so that the programs can plan for the future and make a lasting impact,” Dan said.

“Through our existing youth health centre and other programs, we know that the need is out there and we can’t wait to open the doors of Foundry Abbotsford,” said Simone Maassen, the manager of Youth Services at Abbotsford Community Services – the lead agency of Foundry Abbotsford.

Foundry Abbotsford is led by Abbotsford Community Services and includes 15 community partners.

While the core funding for the project is provided by a mixture of provincial support from the BC government, philanthropic contributions and grants, Foundry Abbotsford is fundraising to ensure the unique needs of Abbotsford’s youth and families are met, and is reaching out to local businesses and donors for support.

Visit AbbotsfordCommunityServices.com/donate/foundry to make a donation.

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