By Marlene Goley, Manager of The Cridge Transition House and Outreach Services
Imagine being 12 years old and fleeing to a transition house with your mom. You are relieved to be away from your dad’s scary, angry outbursts. But now you are in a strange house, sharing a room with your mom, and parachuting into a new school – who knows for how long. Everything in your world is upside down.
There is a bright spot, though. Your new school is great, and the kids and teachers are lovely. And – best of all, the end-of-year camping trip is coming up. Even though you’ve only been in the class for a couple of weeks, you’re invited to go along. Everyone in your class is talking about how fun it’s going to be.
What you don’t know, and don’t need to know is that because you haven’t been a part of the fundraising all year, your mom needs to pay the whole cost of the trip. You don’t need to know that your mom has no way to come up with this kind of money, has asked CTHW for help, and thanks to the generous donors that make a small contingency fund possible, a cheque was made out and delivered to your school. All you need to know is that you are going camping with your class, and you can join in the excitement of having some “kid fun.”
This is a small thing in your 12-year-old world filled with adult worries. But what you’ll learn is that it’s the little things that will help you through.
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