“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” Phil Jackson
In July, we officially launched the Archway Employee Crisis Program (AECP), an emergency assistance fund to help support Archway employees during any unforeseen financial hardships they may face. The idea initially came from different employees throughout various programs. Archway’s leadership team shared it with executives and everyone unanimously agreed that not only was it possible, but it just made sense as it aligned perfectly with Archway’s mission and core values.
“When I first heard about this suggestion, I thought it was an incredible way for all of us to extend our compassion we show every day to not only our clients, but towards each other as well. We spend so much time with one another during the work day, why not help each other too,” stated George Richards, CEO/CFO of Archway Programs.
Employees have the option of making a one-time donation to the AECP fund or they can pledge to make a re-occurring donation each pay period. To date, a total of 83 colleagues (approximately 20% of active colleagues) have donated to the AECP fund. Archway will collect approximately $10,865 to add to the $10,000 start-up fund approved by Archway Programs’ Board of Trustees.
To thank employees for donating to the AECP fund, each contributing staff member was given a pin to proudly wear on their ID badges. This serves as a reminder not only for the difference they are making but for the value they bring to their team and the dedication shown to keep Archway’s mission alive and thriving in the community.