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Steps for Kids Brings the Community Together, Virtually

on May 31, 2021
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Even though we may have been apart this year, together we raised over $141,400 in support of programming at Lutherwood's Children's Mental Health Centre and Safe Haven Youth Services. How incredible is that?

Steps for Kids participants took 26,000 steps (and sometimes MORE!) in their neighbourhoods and on local trails to support the 26,000+ young people in Waterloo Region who struggle with treatable mental health conditions.

With the demand for mental health services growing in Waterloo Region due to the impacts of COVID-19, your support mattered more than ever. You saw the need, stepped up, and together we accomplished amazing things:

Your Impact

These funds ensure kids can access the mental health services they need at Lutherwood’s mental health treatment centre and provide kids as young as 12 years old, at risk of homelessness with a warm bed and safe place to stay at Safe Haven Youth Services.

Throughout the event, you shared your personal stories and started important conversations with your friends and family to help break down the stigma of mental health. On top of this, your steps honoured the 26,000 kids who need help, and allowed them to see that even though things may feel difficult and lonely right now, they have an entire community behind them, who sees them and validates the struggles they face.

With times as challenging as they are now, your participation could make all the difference to a child who is struggling, and for that, we are incredibly grateful!

If you would like to see more event photos and get future updates on Lutherwood's children's mental health programs, follow us on social media.

“From the very beginning we had a very special culture where the staff cared about one another, and that was reflected in how they cared for our clients. It was a real team effort with a strong commitment to changing lives. It was a real privilege and honour to be part of such a dynamic organization, and I am proud of how it is carrying on its original legacy today.”