March 2022 Newsletter

International Women's Day 

International Women's Day
This year the International Women's Day theme is #BreakTheBias. The campaign's goal is to create spaces of equality for women and a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. This is especially important to women exiting sexual exploitation. They encounter stereotypes and discrimination as a result of their past. We encourage you to celebrate the women in your life. Be curious about your own bias, and the bias of those around you, extending kindness, love, and grace. 
New Work Experience Training Launch

In the spirit of breaking the bias, we are excited to share our latest employment initiative for women survivors of sexual exploitation!

NSM started an 8-week work experience training for the women to learn general business information and then gain hands-on experience in coffee roasting or screen printing.

Survivors often have difficulty finding employment based on stigma and lack of employable skills. This work experience program is designed to increase their confidence and provide opportunity for them to broaden their choices.
"One year ago, I imagined designing and creating my own clothing that brought awareness about the struggle of drug and alcohol addiction. I collaborated with FTS and NSM and made this happen! They began a screen printing business and blessed me with the amazing opportunity to learn the process. Now I can see my design on clothing and continue to develop and grow my business, thanks to God, and these ladies and organizations. It feels so lifegiving!"
- Alumni Quote
Learn More About Work Experience Training
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For The Sparrows Feature 

In honour of International Women's Day, we want to celebrate our efforts and the efforts of so many businesses and organizations around the world that acknowledge how women can and are making an impact politically, culturally and economically.
Working Together, Causing Change is a phrase you are going to hear a lot from us. As we work with participants and alumni, we are producing items that we hope you love. You are causing change every time you buy from For the Sparrows, and we are so thankful for each and every purchase.
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Make it Monthly: Donation Matching Campaign
Monthly donations are a great way to make a big impact and help us achieve our goals for the year. With your help, we can continue providing safety, choices, housing, and programming to help women impacted by sexual exploitation. 
For a limited time, we can help increase the impact of your gift. Throughout March, create a new monthly gift of $20 or more in support of NSM through CanadaHelps, and CanadaHelps will add-on a a one-time extra $20 donation!
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March 9th: Prayer Meeting @ 7:00pm. If you wish to join our justice focused prayer team, simply email us.

Upcoming TBD: Annual Fundraising Gala (typically held each March) is being planned for Fall 2022. More details to come.
Next Step Ministries honours and acknowledges the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Next Step Ministries is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is Moh’kins’tsis, which we now call the City of Calgary.
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