They have been caring for Deltans since 1972.
On Saturday (June 25) Deltassist marked 50 years of service and support to Delta with a community celebration at its North Delta office.
Deltassist Family and Community Services Society is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting the well-being of the residents of Delta.
Through its offices in North Delta and Ladner, staff and volunteers offering counselling and community-building in the form of workshops, events, seniors support, outreach programs and information services.
“Deltassist has always been about helping people…people who are struggling with personal issues, financial issues…Deltassist has always been there,” said executive director Julie Chadwick. “I’ve been here for 30 years and I’ve done everyone’s job. I’ve stayed this long because I believe in what we do. We have a keen, compassionate nature in everything that we do. We just want to help people.”
Partnerships, both from within the community and outside the community play a huge role in allowing Deltassist to provide so many of the supports that Deltassist provides.
“They mean everything. We could not do what we do without all the partnerships we have,” she said. “One of the unique things about Delta is that people collaborate so well. If there is something that needs to be done, we all call on each other and get it done. We are way stronger together. In Delta, for example, we have one of the only child and youth care committee’s left in the province. Why? Because we all get along. Our whole vision is helping people.”
An example of “partnerships” was on display during Saturday’s event as TELUS representatives Dennis Wong and Zane Li were on hand to present a cheque for $1,000 as well, they stayed and helped with the fundraising car wash in the afternoon.
TELUS was also recently at Deltassist where their management team came out for their Day of Giving. TELUS brought and paid for all of the supplies painting both conference rooms, replanting their front planters, cleaning up the outside grounds and providing more than 40 bags of snacks for Deltassist’s Emergency Food Program.
Volunteers also play a tremendous role.
“Our volunteers are all-stars,” said Chadwick. “Delta Family Services, when it originally started in 1972, was founded by volunteers. We could not do what we do without them. We have so many volunteers that work for us and with us. Seniors who tend and work in our community garden, another group that box up our bread donations, volunteers at reception, volunteer callers, volunteer shoppers and volunteer drivers.”
Chadwick also expressed how proud she is of Deltassist’s staff.
“They are an amazing group of people. They all care 200 per cent. They put in extra hours and are so dedicated,” she said. “We have a high standard for our care. We want to ensure we are doing the absolute best for the people we serve.”