We act as a bridge between people who need help and those who can provide it.
Today, ACSA addresses a variety of issues including systemic poverty, hunger, housing, homelessness, unemployment, accessibility and social isolation. Over the years ACSA has been funded by all levels of government, several foundations, schools, local faith communities, and The United Way of Greater Toronto. Its strength remains in the original concept: To act as a bridge between people who need help and those who can provide it.
For 40 years the backbone of the organization has been the army of volunteers who help run an array of programs. While the original concept has remained the same, some of the methods have changed: more and more ACSA helps people to help themselves by providing ‘hand up’ programs rather than ‘hand out’ programs. Programs have also changed to reflect the ever-changing community needs.
Community Engagement enables entire neighborhoods to work together to identify common issues of concern and to address them as a community. ACSA continues to ensure our programs and services are relevant and current to the needs of the communities we serve.
ACSA and the Scarborough Community work together for the common good.
In response to the fast-changing community of Agincourt in the 1970’s, eight local churches came together to build on the work that the Holy Spirit Catholic Church had been doing to assist local residents who were in need. Reverend Bruce Scott from Knox United Church devoted nearly half of his time in launching Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA).
ACSA opened its doors for the first time in a little white church on the corner of Birchmount and Sheppard. The fledgling agency started by offering supports such as information and referral, emergency food and clothing and by providing a space called “The Family Life Centre” where professionals could provide supportive counseling to people in the Agincourt area.
Rev. Bruce Scott said in 1970, “ACSA is an expression of genuine concern for community needs. It involves the wider community working cooperatively for the common good and it is tangible evidence of people helping people.” With ongoing community support, ACSA can continue to serve Scarborough through the provision of services and partnerships for a better tomorrow.