May 2022 Newsletter

Entrepreneurship and Opportunity for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation
Economic Empowerment and Survivor Microenterprise
Economic stability is an ongoing barrier to an independent life for women survivors of sexual exploitation. We believe in supporting the creative inspiration of each woman and have developed a microenterprise program to support entrepreneurship for our participants. Read more about the impact of microenterprise here. 

Our latest microenterprise product is macrame feathers of various colours pictured above. By purchasing these products you are directly supporting, financially and relationally, a survivor in our day program as the funds generated from the sales go directly back to the participant upon their planned, positive exit from program. 

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Send a meaningful gift that helps women thrive!
You still have time to honour a mom or other exceptional woman in your life. Think how glad she'll be when you explain that her gift is supporting the creation of jobs for survivors of exploitation. 

This playful and bright design on the most recent tote was specially crafted with women, particularly mothers, in mind. Plus, we think tote bags should be a staple in every woman's handbag collection. The latest periwinkle coffee (or tea) mug is also guaranteed to be a gifting favourite.
Shop For The Sparrows
Staff Spotlight: Denise Cormier
As a small business owner, Denise Cormier knows what it’s like to feel satisfaction in her work and experience joy in what she has created. She also knows how much being a part of a grassroots business has built up her own confidence and abilities. This is the vision that she has for the women in Next Step Ministries and that she brings to the For the Sparrows program, the social enterprise portion of the organization. Keep Reading... 
“These women are extremely courageous and I feel privileged to walk with them on this journey”. 

- Denise Cormier Social Enterprise Lead
Ways of Giving Spotlight: Spring Plant Sale

Spring Plants for Safe Places Campaign to support NSM!

Please place your orders BEFORE MAY 14!

We are excited to launch our spring fundraiser in support of our Sparrow Houses and the weekly community dinners that are provided on a weekly basis in the homes to help foster a sense of community. DeVry Greenhouses is providing a large variety of beautiful hanging baskets, patio planters, soil and fertilizer, 10-pack of vegetables and succulents, and flowers and herbs all available for you to buy!

Payment is accepted by credit card or cheque.

We appreciate your ongoing support!

Place My Order Now
Make a meaningful donation to celebrate mothers today!
Many of the survivors in the recovery program are mothers who are doing the work to not only have a brighter future for themselves, but ultimately for their children who have been affected. 

Next Step Ministries is a part of the solution and invites you to also step into a survivors's story by helping financially to provide job skills training and enterprise support to those eager to start a small business.
Give the gift of empowerment to a survivor

 

May 16th: NSM Worship Evening @ 7:00 p.m. Dalhousie Church. 
It's free to attend and open to all donors, partners, volunteers, staff, family, and friends. RSVP here. Light refreshments will be served. To read about the last worship evening, click here.

May 18th: Freedom 8848 Webinar Highlighting NSM!
Learn more about our ministry, who Freedom 8848 is, and what they do, and listen to inspiring stories of prevention, rescue, and restoration! RSVP here.

May 25th: Spring Plant Sale pick up/delivery day 

June 13th: NSM Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Volunteers should have received an email invite from Erin, our volunteer coordinator. Feel free to email her with any further questions. 

June 8th: Prayer Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. If you wish to join our prayer team, simply email us.

November 5th: Save the Date! NSM's Annual Fundraising Gala will be at ATCO Park. Sponsorship opportunities and ticket sales will open soon.
 
Thank you for providing refuge and restoration to women survivors of exploitation!
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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