Amazing Letter Sent to a Triangle Teacher from the Parent of a Triangle Student

I cannot believe it was two years ago that I sent my son up from Baltimore and left him in your care and the care of my cousin. The Triangle program did wonders for him. Slowly through time, he found his heart was with the program you run. And look how much he’s grown!
But in all seriousness, look how alive he is. When I sent him up there it was only because I had tried everything here and feared he would commit suicide. He was slowly dying of depression and loss of hope. Being in a school where he could be free to express himself (even when he’s quiet a lot of the time) was what he needed to heal and grow. He finally started talking about a “future” again. Then maybe college. Then hinted at university. He is working his tail off now going to night classes, catching up on math and science courses he’ll need for secondary education. Wow. This is not the same kid I shipped up to you. This is the person I remember as a child–full of hope, quiet ambition, and a sense of humor.
Thank you for what you and your teachers, counselors, etc. have done to save my child’s life. I cannot ever ever thank you enough. Please let them know that despite all the hard work, they have made a difference in many lives. I can attest for one. I have my child back, who is growing into quite a young man. How will you put that on your resume? 🙂

One thought on “Amazing Letter Sent to a Triangle Teacher from the Parent of a Triangle Student

  1. I to can highly commend the Triangle Program for the dedication of all the teachers and volunteers who have kept the school going. My daughter Erin attended the school about 17 years ago. Our local high school in Scarborough, Ontario is five minutes from our home. She wore a rainbow necklace to school and some girls decided they did not like this and beat her up. I knew nothing about this but good friends did. Erin and I both “came out” about the same time so she had no fear of telling me she was Bi-sexual but she was more unsure what she could do about the situation since the school did not seem interested in helping her. Our friends knew about The Triangle Program and strongly suggested I take her to see the teachers and see if she could go to school there. We live about 1 1/2 hours by bus to the School which is housed in the basement of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. We went to speak to the teachers and she was enrolled and started school in September. We also began to go to MCCT then as well. Erin traveled 3 hours a day to go to school to be in a safe learning space where the teachers really cared and really wanted them to succeed.
    That was 17 years ago. The Triangle Program saved my daughter’s life as well. I found out she had seriously considered killing herself. I found out she had a drug and drinking problem caused by some childhood abuse and the stress of “Coming Out” and just being a teenager. When Erin attended The Triangle Program it was considered a “Transition” school meaning the kids would go there for a year and then transition into the main stream again or into another Alternative school. Erin went to an other Alternative school to finish her grade 11 and 12. I am glad that it is no longer a transition school and that the kids can go from grade 9 right up to grade 12. To my knowledge Erin is the only student from the school to attend MCCT. I wish that would change. It has a great youth group and is a very progressive, inclusive church. Erin is a member of Higher Praise who sing for our Elevation Evening Service . Thank you MCCT for giving the Triangle Program a place to be so kids like Erin could stay alive to become the wonderful people they are. Erin is also 8 years clean and sober.

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