Cornerstone is an organization that everyone can support. Dedicated to helping women suffering from domestic violence – to spell that out, that’s a man beating his wife – they do get some government money but not enough. So they have fundraisers and their major one is the event called “Walk a mile in her shoes” which is being held in Cobourg at the Harvest festival on King Street on Saturday September 28. While it started with a group of men wearing red high heel shoes, Cornerstone is now encouraging anyone to participate wearing any kind of shoes although they do have 100 red shoes you can borrow – of all sizes. At the Committee of the Whole Council meeting on Monday night, Janelle Eisler presented some facts about Cornerstone and asked all councillors to participate.
To participate, sign up at the Cornerstone web site (link below) and pay a participation fee (minimum $20 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under); or if you are like me, you can simply sponsor a participant by signing up to a pledge or just donate.
This is the 12th year that this event has been held in Cobourg and this year it will also happen in Brighton at their Apple Fest on the next day – September 29. It started out as a small group of local men walking in red high heeled shoes through Northumberland Mall and has grown to be one of Cornerstone’s largest fundraisers raising over $40,000 in 2018. They are targeting 150 participants this year.
But what exactly does Cornerstone do?
They do more than simply provide a “safe house” (my term) with 21 beds – here is their list:
- Shelter & Crisis Counselling
- 24 Hour Support Line
- Transitional and housing support
- Resource centre
- Women’s Counselling: individual and group
- Family Court Support
- HomeShare Program
- Child & Youth Counselling in schools
- Child Witness Program
Cornerstone is quite transparent about their funding (go here for full financial statements) but I made a quick summary of their revenue for the year ending March 31, 2019 :
|Donations and Fundraising
Most of the expenses (74%) are salaries and benefits.
Other fund raising events include the Summer Social at the Beach Canteen (courtyard) on July 26 and 27 – 5:00 to 10:00 pm
Below left is a chart that Janelle presented; at right are Councillors Aaron Burchat and Adam Bureau with Janelle (Aaron and Adam attended a launch of the Walk a Mile event earlier on Monday.)