April 2019 Newsletter

Next Step Ministries

Welcome!  So much happens here at NSM every day that we want to start sharing monthly a few highlights, lowlights and upcoming events to keep you better informed.  We hope this helps you feel more connected to what happens at NSM and gives you a bigger picture of the amazing work we get to do! 
CHECK OUT OUR NEW VIDEO
In collaboration with the talented Producer/Writer/Director Barb Briggs, we give a glimpse into the day program. We showed our participants this video for their feedback, there were a lot of tears and head nods, as it truly resonated with each of them.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • New Merchandise. We are planning to open an online store before the end of 2019!  We are excited to provide on the job training for the women in the program as they will be a part of the designing and creating of the merchandise, running the store, customer relations and learning computer skills, all while creating sustainable funding!
  • Break the Cycle Fundraiser. We raised over $40,000 for NSM! Thanks to everyone who donated!
  • Valentines Banquet. A HUGE thank you to The Walk!
  • Father Daughter Ball. Shout out to Journey Church!
  • Guys N' Grills. Thank you Dalhousie Church!
  • Participants attended a Robb Nash concert. Thanks to Robb Nash for the tickets!
  • Justice Summit. Thanks to Harmony through Harmony for putting on the conference and having NSM on the panel!
  • Icelandic Substance Abuse Prevention Model training. Staff attended a new training designed to prevent substance abuse. Thanks, Planet Youth!  
LOWLIGHTS
  • Occupant safety concerns. There have been some safety concerns with other occupants in our building which could be harmful to our participants. Please keep the safety of the NSM participants in your prayers.
  • A vital staff member going through a hard time. One of our staff members had her father-in-law and her grandmother pass away within a two week period, and her husband has consistent medical issues. Keep them in your prayers.
  • The NSM truck was broken into. The damage caused by the break-in rendered the truck undrivable. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
May 1: Onsite prayer meeting @10:00AM. If you wish to join our justice focused prayer team, please e-mail info@nextstepministries.ca

June 18: First Annual Next Step Ministries Golf Tournament hosted by Syscal @ Springbank Links Golf Course. 8:30AM-2:00PM.
Golfer: $200 (+fee)
Hole sponsor: $500 (+fee)
DID YOU KNOW?
  • In just two months, we had five women transition into their own independent housing and employment!
  • In the past two months, we have had 3 emergency intakes come into housing. 
  • Participants volunteer at World Serve Thrift Store on a monthly basisIt's a great opportunity for them to give back, and start getting something on their resume, start building marketable skills and being a part of the greater community!
  • We accept practicum students! In 2017, NSM had practicum students from Mount Royal University, Bow Valley College, Ambrose University, and Reeves College completing a total of 1650 practicum hours!
Thank you for all you do to support us you have no idea how much we value your community; your passion for the work we do, your financial contributions that keep the doors open and your care for us as staff and the women we walk alongside.
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