My last novel for young readers featured two homeless teenagers living rough on the streets of Toronto. They get into all manner of scrapes but manage, eventually, to work things out – get on with life. Blink & Caution is a work of fiction; homelessness is not. Nor is it limited to our major cities. And kids who have nowhere to live do not always have the resources to make it without our help. It’s tough out there and a place to sleep at night is not the only problem; there’s the waking up each morning to another day of nowhere to go, of one day bleeding into the next without any clear sense of Forward and with Backward nipping at your heels. Living hand to mouth, day to day, a kid cannot really hope to get a grip on the idea of a future. That’s where Cornerstone Landing comes in. It’s not just about a roof over a kid’s head it’s about hope. It’s about getting a leg up: meeting the future head on, with the skills and wherewithal to take the first and then the next big step. I urge you to help out in any way you can. Our kids are the future, our most important resource.
Tim Wynne-Jones, O.C.
-- Two-time Governor General’s Award winner, and Officer of the Order of Canada
Things aren't always easy at the place called 'home', it's not always possible to go back at night, things happen, and it just shouldn't be an option to go back. But where else do you go, that's safe and warm? Sometimes there is no where and I have to go back into an unsafe environment simply because there is nothing else.
Having the support of the people at Cornerstone Landing has made all the difference in where I am today. By providing me with a monthly rent supplement, I am able to stay in school, collect OW and juggle a job. I am a 17 year old male, having to live on my own, and for the first time in my life I have been successful at school! I believe with the support of CLER that next year I will graduate High School and I plan on continuing my education in college. Finally my future looks bright.
In my last year of High School I had to go and live with my Grandmother who is only living on an old age pension. Thanks to Cornerstone Landing they provided me with weekly 'Gift Certificates' that enabled me to help out with food, personal hygiene supplies and clothes for my co-op placement. Before I met the people from Cornerstone, my grades were failing and I was thinking of dropping out of school to get a job, but instead this June I will be graduating, and in September, I will be heading off to college to take the RPN course. Thanks for caring!