Canada, New Hope Youth Centre
Over a year ago, Hope Story was introduced to the New Hope Fellowship Church in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Over 10 years ago, this First Nation’s led church initiated a youth centre dedicated to serving First Nations youth (the “New Hope Youth Centre”). While youth from all backgrounds are welcome, the focus is on serving First Nations youth. Most of these young people hail from reserve communities in Northern Ontario and have come to Thunder Bay for secondary or post-secondary school. “They often struggle with loneliness,” shared Dan, who volunteers with the centre. Many First Nations youth board with families unfamiliar to them while they attend school.
We want to see New Hope growing its youth outreach and opening its doors more – providing the teens with the safe and supportive place they need as they go through some of the most formative years of their life! It’s been inspiring to see individuals coming on board to lean into this local outreach, and we trust that together we can grow this meaningful ministry.
By September, New Hope had reinstated weekly outdoor volleyball and reopened the youth centre. Pictured below are some of the youth hanging out in masks after a movie night event.