The Power of Partnership

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
— Helen Keller

There is power in partnership.  We are surrounded by examples in our workspaces, in symbiotic relationships in the natural world around us, and our libraries teem with famous narratives about daring partnerships that conquer their opposition. 

Dr. Brene Brown begins her book Daring Greatly by quoting from "The Man in the Arena" speech given in 1910. 

It is not the critic who counts, [...] the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly.
— Theodore Roosevelt

Dr. Brown shares that to live wholeheartedly and to dare greatly, it requires moving from being a spectator, and onlooker, or a critic in the crowd- and stepping into the arena. The fight against sexual exploitation requires us to make that movement, to not remain naive or unaffected, but to become passionately committed to pursuing holistic restoration for all. 

Of course, we can't do this alone. We need others in the arena with us, fighting the same fight and sweating for the same cause. 

As we partner together, as individuals and organizations, we work to form a united movement. A united body. And as members of that one body, we offer our unique strengths, experience, passion, and giftings in cooperation as a whole for the purpose of eradicating sexual exploitation.

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We see the power of partnership all around us. The surge of a rushing ocean wave is such a profound illustration of this- countless drops of water, pushing forward with great force on a common journey. On their own, each droplet would accomplish little. Together and as a whole, the wave has the power to soften sand, carry driftwood for countless miles, and reshape shorelines. We need that power of partnership, the cooperation and commitment, to make a difference in the fight to end sex trafficking. 

At Hope Restored Canada, our H.O.P.E model includes our commitment to working in partnership. "Together with our members and donors, we collaborate with service providers and parallel organizations." We are so grateful for the partnerships that have formed this past year, the incredible members and volunteers that have joined with us in the fight to end sexual exploitation. 

This is a story from one of our Outreach Volunteers, Kathryn:

One of the ways that outreach is conducted within Hope Restored is through contacting individuals and meeting up with them over coffee or lunch. Myself and another volunteer headed to a cafe to have coffee with an individual we hadn't met before. As soon as we met, she opened up. As she shared, we soon learned that there were no other "friends" in her life, and certainly no girlfriends. It's a simple thing, being a friend, but it brings so much joy. To go into these relationships with the end goal of friendship creates an unconditional love that comes with no strings attached.  For me, and as I lead this team, outreach hinges on relationship building. And it's these intentional friendships that open the door for longevity, which gives me the opportunity to see growth in their lives.  

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We are seeking to grow our partnerships with service providers, parallel organizations, faith communities and related non-profits. If you represent or have connections with an organization that you could envision partnership growing with HRC, would you please help connect us? 

We invite you to join us for "Partnering to Make a Difference" this Thursday, January 18th 7:30-9:30pm at the Remai Arts Centre, home of the Persephone Theatre, Backstage Black Room. 

Explore with us what partnering together to end sexual exploitation could look like, and help us envision what partnerships might be possible. 

If you're unable to join us in person, please join us via ZOOM video or audio conference at: https://zoom.us/j/461121325 

There is power in partnership. Won't you join us?