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Meet the Director of New Hope Youth Centre in Thunder Bay
About New Hope Youth Centre
Thunder Bay, Ontario is a hub for many northern reserve communities because it serves as a centre for education and healthcare. And so, each year, students from communities across northern Ontario come to Thunder Bay to attend high school. While some families move to Thunder Bay while their teenager attends school (a great challenge in itself for a family to uproot & re-locate like that), many students come by themselves and live with another family.
Teenagers - already in a challenging phase of life - now find themselves in a new and unknown city, where loneliness, homesickness, and discrimination can feel overwhelming.
Thankfully, New Hope Fellowship Church, a First Nations-led church in Thunder Bay, has stepped forward in love and support to help teens feel at home here. The church started New Hope Youth Centre and, with Hope Story's support and friendship, the youth centre welcomes any Thunder Bay teen who needs a warm, welcoming place to drop in.
To help keep the doors open at New Hope Youth Centre (NHYC) in Thunder Bay, please consider a gift today.
Partnering in local outreach
Over the past several years, Hope Story has met with Christian First Nations leaders across Canada, investigating whether Hope Story can and should play a role serving troubled aboriginal youth. We were ultimately convinced that our model of working through local, indigenous churches provides an effective and culturally sensitive way to bring hope and healing to First Nations youth. Hope Story was introduced to a First Nations led Church called New Hope Fellowship in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Where we work in Thunder Bay
*New Hope Fellowship Church was established 20 years ago by First Nations Elders.