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Providing a safe place where Indigenous families can learn and grow together

We are excited to share about what God is doing in Northern Ontario through our partners at Northwind Family Ministries. We have been mutually encouraged by how God has used the generosity of our Cornerstone community during this pandemic to support the work at NorthWind.

After 2 years of uncertainty, Cornerstone was able to send a small team to support our partners at NWFM in person in the summer of 2022. As well, a father-son team from Cornerstone was able to join with another team from a sister church that was serving a few weeks later. (You can read about the two trips in the blogposts below.)

All team members were able to learn much both from our dedicated brothers and sisters in the field, as well as from the community they served. Team members were also invited to assist our hosts in various programs, including the Gathering, Family Strengthening Program, Next Steps, Community Play Days, and Street Outreach.

Please join us in prayer as preparations are being made for sending another team to serve alongside our partners at NorthWinds in July 2023.  Any donations for upcoming teams or for the ministry programs would also be most appreciated (with any surplus going to meet NWFM’s most urgent needs). Thank you for your continued interest and support!

For more information, visit northwindfm.org

In 2020, Cornerstone re-established a partnership with Northwind Family Ministries (NWFM) who serve in the Thunder Bay Area. They support local communities by, “Providing a safe place where Indigenous families can learn and grow together”. The needs of those they serve have been augmented by the pandemic which has disproportionately affected the already vulnerable populations they serve. Through this season, NWFM has continued in their goal to provide, “Sacred places to embrace each other’s stories; find belongingness through a borderless community and improve meaningful connections to God and one another—as they were always meant to be.”

While the pandemic prevented Cornerstone from sending a team to serve alongside NWFM in August 2020 as planned, the Lord has opened other ways for the partnership to flourish.

Find out more about NWFM northwindfm.org

How can you help?

NorthWind Family Ministries (NWFM) has seen an increase in demand for its services since the pandemic, particularly in the areas of mental health, for the already vulnerable populations they serve. The services they provide have been recognized by their city and has resulted in the exciting acquisition of a building that will allow them to triple their capacity to serve.

Funds being raised for NWFM will support their various programs, which include:

  • PlayDays – an opportunity to stay connected to the families living in low income complexes;
  • Family Day Camp – invites families to experience connection and growth at their land-based site, Eagle’s Cove;
  • Compass Team – a team of mental health professionals and youth/child workers who have been invited by the Chief and Council to provide support to remote communities;
  • Next Steps – a program staffed by addictions counsellor, spiritual director, social services navigator, connectors, and servers geared to support the street-involved.

From Bonita Ledua, NorthWind’s executive director