FAMILY STEPPING STONES
Program Healing for Individuals and Families impacted by addiction and destructive behaviours
Since its doors opened to the community over ten years ago, the Lazarus Outreach Centre has been a place filled with the love of God. The ministry is led by Pastors Gilles and Judy Breton, who have a vision to see Windsor transformed and filled with the light of Jesus.
In 2011, sensing a great need in the city of Windsor for an addictions counselling program, Pastor Leslie Caza began Family Stepping Stones. Licensed as both a pastor and a counsellor, Pastor Leslie desires with her whole heart to see people break free from the pain of addiction. Whether people are struggling personally, or are directly connected with someone suffering from addiction, the pain affects the whole family. The program works by having Jesus as the focus, in order to build and maintain healthy communication in families. Pastor Leslie explains her vision as “setting people free from a trap of hopelessness so that they can have inner peace and healthy relationships in every area of their life.”
This vision includes a variety of people because addiction is not limited to one demographic. Often, regardless of a person’s background, it can only take one event, like an accident, to spark an addiction. Then, the pain in a person’s heart can fuel the addiction. So, in order to recover, healing is needed in the midst of the pain. Pastor Leslie provides a safe context in which people can begin the healing process. She explains, “I want to be able to look at others with the same compassion and the same understanding that God has given me.” For many, the program has been restorative because it offers an environment for communication and healing.
The Family Stepping Stones Program takes place at the Lazarus Outreach Centre every Thursday evening, and every Saturday. It gives those suffering from addiction an opportunity for hope and healing. If you would like to volunteer with the program, or give financially, contact ACM or Lazarus Outreach Centre.