Dear friends of New Directions,
It is with great pleasure that I write you all to inform of an exciting update in our organization.
As we get closer to celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Transition, Education & Resources for Females (TERF) program, it has been renamed to “Honouring Our Journey”. This name was suggested by an individual we support and perfectly captures our intent: to journey alongside others as they work to exit the sex trade. This journey is epic at times with lots of ups and downs, with hardships, struggles and yet it is also a journey of hope and resiliency. We are honoured to support the youth and adults as they make their journeys, and know that to be most helpful, we are the followers. It’s their journey, and we work to become their trusted supporters to help them along their way to a better life; a life of hope and promise.
Since starting in 1984, the program has worked with hundreds, if not thousands, of children, youth, adults and transgender individuals who have been exploited and/or trafficked through the sex trade.
From helping individuals find stable living situations and gain high school credits, to leading healthier lives and becoming more confident, Honouring Our Journey uses a holistic healing model that balances spiritual, mental, physical, emotional and cultural needs of the individuals we support.
I’m grateful for all the hard work the staff team does everyday, especially their dedication throughout the the COVID-19 pandemic and disruption and dislocation as a result of the devastating fire in the building that houses this program.
Thank you to all the members of our community for your support of TERF over the years and we look forward to continuing to work with you in our renamed program, Honouring Our Journey.
And on we go!
Dr. Jennifer Frain, C.Psych.
Learn more about Honouring Our Journey at https://newdirections.mb.ca/honouring-our-journey