June 2022 Newsletter

Freedom 8848 Team Everest Challenge

"I am grateful that people are willing to climb mountains for a cause that I will support forever. It makes me feel less shame, guilt, and feelings of wanting to hide from my past. Thank you for giving me hope that my future can be brighter. If you’re able to climb these mountains, then I have the ability to never go back.”

– Survivor Quote

Survivors in NSM programs wrote encouraging letters of gratitude to support the athletes last year who valiantly summited three mountain peaks every day for three days and hiked the equivalent of Mount Everest - 8,848 meters. The Freedom 8848 Everest Challenge was created for hikers to gain awareness and raise funds to fight sexual exploitation and trafficking. The athletes believe that as normal people, we can step into doing extraordinary things to bless others and take responsibility to bring about the change needed to end sex trafficking. Last year, an NSM staff member had the opportunity to hike one of the mountain peaks alongside the athletes to encourage them, share the survivors' letters, and the impact their awareness and fundraising made.

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Stampede Outreach Meal
NSM is again partnering with HER Victory in a Stampede-themed community dinner on July 12. We're giving out yummy bagged meals and mini-flashlights for the gals as a reminder that they are loved, hope and joy are waiting for them, and for them to have a little light in the darkness. Our heart is to be present, make provision, bring compassion, and build relationships with women impacted by exploitation, addiction, homelessness, and abuse.
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Ride for Refuge is BACK!
This popular event will be familiar to long-time supporters of NSM and we are thrilled to say it will be occurring in-person once again on Saturday, October 1!

Haven't heard of Ride for Refuge before? Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly bike + walk fundraiser supporting local charities who help people seeking refuge from danger, hardship, and abuse.
  •  T-shirts! Fundraising participants who raise $150+ (or $75+ for those under 18) will receive a RIDE shirt as a thank you on Event Day (while supplies last).
  •  There is no registration fee to participate in the Ride for Refuge, but most participants raise $250-300 or more in support of their charity.

Registration is open NOW! To sign up as a team captain, participant or simply find out more information, click here
If you have any questions, please email Pamela.

Economic Empowerment for Survivors

NSM created our social enterprise For the Sparrows to directly empower survivors of sexual exploitation through employment in our production line. Often the women in the program make great strides in healing and recovery but struggle to become financially self-sufficient due to various employment barriers and economic vulnerabilities. Our employment initiative is for her to explore skill-building opportunities and on-the-job training to enter the workforce with self-efficiency, hard skills, and confidence.

 

“Having an employment opportunity through my program at Next Step has taught me new skills for entering into the workforce, and it has also helped me recognize and build on the strengths I already had. I’ve gained a sense of financial security in a safe atmosphere which gives me choice and opportunities to pursue an education as I enter into independent living.” – Survivor Quote
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July 1st: Office Closed for Canada Day

July 12th: Stampede Community Outreach Dinner.
If you wish to help, please email Terry.

July 13th: Prayer Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. If you wish to join our prayer team, simply email us.

October 1: Ride for Refuge. Join us this October! Register to bike or walk, start a team, volunteer, donate, share, and fundraise so we can continue walking alongside women exiting sexual exploitation. All details can be found here

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!
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