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Elizabeth Fry Society Peel-Halton & Heartland, A Church Connected

Come and taste a variety of meals that will be prepared by 40 “Men That Cook”. One cook will win the title of “Best Cook” chosen by our 4 celebrity judges and another will win the title of “People’s Choice” chosen by everyone at the event. It’s a night of eating, tasting, mingling, listening to live musician, and bidding on amazing items at our live auction to help raise money for a new community church building (Heartland, A Church Connected) and local charity (The Elizabeth Fry Society Peel-Halton)

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Empowering Against Exploitation is a program that serves young women ages 12-21 in Brampton and Mississauga. Participants learn to recognize the signs of recruitment, understand their worth, and know where to find help if they are in a dangerous situation. This program is designed to teach at-risk women about how they can be victimized, and equip them with the tools and resources to recognize dangerous people and situations. Currently, Elizabeth Fry is the only organization that is empowered to offer this kind of program in Peel schools. We want to partner with them to help equip and empower young women who are vulnerable, so that they have the tools they need to defend themselves.

Empowering Against Exploitation

The purpose of this program is to empower girls who are vulnerable to exploitation. We feel this is a particularly important issue in the region of Peel because over half of the cases of human trafficking reported in Canada by 2012, were investigated by our Peel Regional Police.

We recognize that all girls are at risk of sexual exploitation solely because of their age and gender. Adolescent girls are particularly at risk of recruitment between the ages of 14-16 and additional factors compound that risk. These additional factors can include recent immigration, low-income, family disruptions, neglect and abuse, mental health problems, transient living, as well as prior sexual abuse and trauma. If you are serving adolescent girls, they are vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

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  • Dispel myths about commercial sexual exploitation
  • Build awareness of recruitment and control tactics used by predators
  • Provide information on internet safety
  • Explore the difference between healthy relationships and exploitive relationships
  • Understand the link between substance abuse and exploitation
  • Raise awareness of community resources and supports
  • Improve self-esteem

All our services are provided free to you by our program funder; United Way Peel. Programming will be made available in a variety of locations for your convenience and our facilitators will bring the materials, resources, nutritional incentives, expertise and the passion that this program requires! These groups work well with girls from a variety of backgrounds. Including those who have no specific risk factors who are just interested in becoming informed so they can be a resource to their peers; those with several risk factors who would benefit from specific support and empowerment; and those who have been exploited who need help connecting to community supports and resources as they find a path to exit.

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Heartland, A Church Connected is a community-focused church located in Mississauga. We are committed to refreshing and inspiring our community by serving people in the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel in tangible ways. We believe that the church should be active in making our neighbourhoods he best they can be – and that’s why we’re developing a new facility at 1100 Canadian Place.

This facility is designed to serve the individuals and families in our community with excellence, featuring a gymnasium, large, open atrium foyer, and spaces specifically designed for children and students from birth to age 18 to connect with one another. We believe in providing mentorship opportunities, safe spaces for kids to grow and learn, and in meeting practical needs.

Heartland is focussed on providing tangible help to families in our community. Each year, we provide 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to under-resourced families. We also host a Thanksgiving Banquet for under-resourced families to celebrate together with a catered meal, and we host a free income tax clinic each spring to file income tax returns for community members who need assistance. Our desire is to be of real help – and that’s why we’re developing a new facility that will enable to serve our community to an even greater degree.

Will you consider partnering with us to provide these mentorship opportunities and tangible acts of service to residents of Mississauga? This facility is simply a tool to help us reach further and impact more people than ever before – and we’re grateful for your support!

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