Join us for Lutherwood’s Annual Steps for Kids Fundraiser on Friday, April 29th!

Since Luther Village on the Park opened in 1997, we have enjoyed a relationship with Lutherwood, a not-for-profit health and social service organization that strengthens the lives of people in our community by providing mental health, employment, housing and family support services to more than 15,000 people annually in our community. Our residents have contributed to and supported Lutherwood in many ways with their time and resources.

Boardwalk Steps for Kids 2008 at Luther Village on the Park

At our very first “Steps for Kids Boardwalk” in 2008, Luther Village hosted 56 residents and staff. They gathered together to walk around the Luther Village neighbourhood, in order to bring awareness to children’s mental health and raise funds for Lutherwood programs. These programs provide support and give hope to children facing mental health challenges. It was a great success, raising $31,114.

The Boardwalk grew tremendously over the next few years and became known as “Steps for Kids”, now Lutherwood’s largest fundraising event. In addition to Luther Village's original Steps for Kids walk, Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre now hosts over 600 people in our community each year who come together to walk through the countryside of North Waterloo, while raising awareness and stepping up against the stigma of mental health. With the success of both of these walks, last year an amazing $123,000 was raised.

We are so proud of and thankful for our residents, staff, volunteers and friends of Luther Village for how much they have contributed of their time and resources to Steps for Kids over the years. We hope that this year you will continue join us in supporting Lutherwood and children’s mental health. The main event takes place on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Lutherwood’s Institute for Children’s Mental Health. Luther Village continues the tradition of holding our own walk here for residents and their family and friends, as well as staff and volunteers, on April 29, 2016, at 11:00 am.  We will meet at Luther Village and walk through Waterloo Park. For more information or to register, you can:

• Go online at www.lutherwoodstepsforkids.ca.
• Contact Christine Siopiolosz, site coordinator for Luther Village on the Park, at 519-783-3710 or csiopiolosz@luthervillage.org.

If you are unable to walk with us but would like to help, you can sponsor a participant. You can also donate directly either using the website above, or by picking up a form from the Front Desk. Bring the filled out form and donation on the day of the event, or drop it off for Christine at the Front Desk.

Steps For Kids 2015 at Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre

Lutherwood has been serving the community for over 45 years. The money raised will be used to fund specialized programs that are a significant part of the treatment plan for the kids - programs such as music therapy, recreation therapy, and transition support to help them integrate back into their community schools. The funding also helps kids who are at risk of homelessness through Lutherwood’s Safe Haven Shelter.

We are excited to see everyone come out next week to support and raise awareness for a great cause!