Program Goal: Breaking the cycles of addiction and abuse and discovering her identity
While the women are in Sparrow House, they attend classes in the Day Program throughout the week, where they work on lifestyle recovery. Within the NSM Day Program, we teach life and emotional skills and work together on their individual healing journey. We facilitate all of our curriculum and classes through a trauma-informed lens. We understand the connection between a traumatic lifestyle, toxic stress and the impact on the brain. Our program is designed to balance the left and right brain and literally help rewire the brain into healthy patterns and behaviours.
Each participant connects with a case worker who provides one-on-one support for the women, helps them set goals, and provides support when needed. The participants attend class four days a week, and the curriculum focuses on recovery and life skills.
Participants also have regular access to mental health coaching, and addictions support from their sponsors, 24/7 on-call support, and trauma-informed counselling when the women are ready.
We go onsite to Kingdom Coffee to roast coffee beans, bag beans, label the bags, weigh the bags. It’s a great experience that can put on a resume. All coffee roasted can be purchased at our social enterprise, For the Sparrows.
Equine therapy helps the women grow in their confidence, trust leadership, and communication. These skills are transferred to their everyday lives empowering them and helping the women in their recovery to change their perceptions of their own worth and value.
NSM’s microenterprise initiative is an opportunity for survivors of sexual exploitation to partner with NSM to create their own small business. Profits are set aside in a fund saved for school tuition or rent for their next home.
Sagesse comes in every week to delivery peer support programming in our Day Program classroom which has positively impacted and helped many of our participants move forward on their healing journey.
Freedom 8848 is not only a huge supporter of our programs financially through their annual mountain climbing fundraising event, but they partner with us in our Day Program to offer participants wordworking and outdoors workshops. It’s been a great experience to have men who are key at creating safety for our women.
Offering volunteer experiences to the women in our day program is highly valuable. When some women first come to NSM, they may have to build a resume from scratch and because they don’t have any experience that they’re able to put down, or there are large gaps. We want to offer a larger variety of engaging, unique, and SAFE volunteer experiences for our participants. If you or your business is able to offer volunteer experience, please contact us.