At BridgeNorth, we believe that freedom comes through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Below are some frequently asked questions about our association with Christianity as it relates to our work.
Q: Is BridgeNorth incorporated or registered as a faith-based agency?
A: No. Neither our Articles of Incorporation nor our Charitable Registration with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) overtly reference a faith stance. We are, however, an organization that is based on faith in Jesus. Our actions are guided by this faith.
Q: Do BridgeNorth’s faith beliefs limit who you support and serve?
A: No. We work with all people. We are an inclusive community dedicated to representing and supporting the diverse needs of the individuals whom we serve. We are especially focused on ensuring that BridgeNorth is a safe place for participants and partners who are part of vulnerable communities and/or marginalized identities, which are sadly over-represented in sex trafficking in Canada, such as LGBTQ2+ and BIPOC populations. Our agency’s value-based framework is committed to the socially just approach of being trauma-informed, person-centred, strengths-based, feminist, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and culturally sensitive.
Q: Do BridgeNorth’s faith beliefs judge those that BridgeNorth supports and serves?
A: No. We affirm every person’s right and freedom to their beliefs. We do not proselytize and we act to affirm every human being’s right to be treated as valuable. As we work towards our goal of ending sex trafficking in Canada, we are focused on ensuring that BridgeNorth is a safe place for participants, partners, staff, and volunteers who are part of vulnerable communities and/or marginalized identities. As a survivor-led organization, we know that we can positively impact the lives of those affected by sex trafficking.
Q: Does BridgeNorth have prayer partners?
A: Yes. There are some contexts where supporters, who are guided by their faith in Jesus, are invited to be prayer partners of BridgeNorth. This is a respectful faith response.
Q: Does prayer partnership uphold participant privacy?
A: Yes. There is never any provision of confidential or identifying participant information. All privacy legislation is upheld and there is no disclosure about specific agency activities that are not already available within the public domain.
Q: Is prayer partnership mandatory?
A: No. While being a prayer partner is possible, it is not a requirement for any of our partners. Furthermore, prayer partnership is managed within the appropriate guidelines of our agency’s value-based framework which is committed to the socially just approach of being trauma-informed, person-centred, strengths-based, feminist, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and culturally sensitive.