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Every Seed Needs Good Soil to Grow
Cory Resilient

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Cory, a hip-hop artist who first experienced homelessness as a youth connected with us to speak about the many ways people who end up homeless fall through the cracks from an early age. A true survivor of the streets, Cory brings sincerity, eloquence and a story of resilience to a larger dialogue around how community support could be designed to legitimately address the needs of people living in the street community.

Participant Reflections

Every Seed Needs Good Soil to Grow
Cory Resilient

Each workshop produces a creative participant reflection – a personal take away from the story they just heard – that is voluntarily shared with the wider community.
We believe that personal narratives have the power to connect individuals across socioeconomic boundaries, and that the rich creative ability of our community is the most effective tool we can wield against the stigma that prevents necessary social change.

Featured Artist

Every Seed Needs Good Soil to Grow
Cory Resilient

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Kay Prosser

Making Meaning

The spider is the still point where our creative power lives. It is the threshold between our past and future selves. From this place Cory shared his powerful and complex story of survival and grief as part of a personal journey for healing and meaning. In meeting our need for meaning we can untangle ourselves from past experiences and recreate a new reality from a space of possibilities.

Community Ally

Every Seed Needs Good Soil to Grow
Cory Resilient

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Emma Gillespie

The story and breakout discussions during the workshop had me reflecting on my own privilege I have experienced my whole life. As I listen to different stories and learn more, I see how privilege and the systems and structures we have in place often keep groups of individuals divided and act as a barrier from us being vulnerable and taking risks. I thought of personal safety and security and how vital this is to a person’s mental health, and why it’s important to not make judgements on a person, as we don’t know the whole story of what someone’s current reality or what their history holds.

A theme that came up for me in the story was connection, and the difference it can make in our lives when someone cares for us and believes in us, even (especially) when we don’t believe in ourselves. Everything comes back to love and connection. So often we don’t have the whole picture and this can be problematic in government when implementing policies and programs. One practical thing I can do in my life to support this community is to use my voice and speak up when someone may be forgetting a marginalized group from a decision, or saying something lacking awareness of this group as vulnerable individuals.

I was also moved by Cory’s bravery and resilience. His ability to turn pain into purpose and continually step outside his comfort zone was inspiring and has me recommitting to step into brave spaces where I can in my life!