A Walk in Other’s Shoes is returning to this year’s Week of Action Against Poverty. This challenge is being undertaken by individuals in the community who have interests within the health field. Participants have been asked to attempt to stay within a social assistance benefits’ budget. A single person on Ontario Works would receive $337 monthly for all of their personal needs and $384 for all of their shelter costs. Because participants cannot replicate the housing conditions realistically, shelter costs are not included within this challenge. For the five day challenge, participants will have $11 daily to cover all food and drink, entertainment, some personal supplies and transportation costs. Each day, every participant will be given a challenge card which will reveal an unexpected challenge to be completed before the end of the day.

A Walk in Other’s Shoes is not a competitive challenge. It is a challenge that raises awareness of the hurdles that people living on social assistance face daily. As we within our community develop our own understanding, we can begin to reduce the barriers that they encounter and ultimately increase opportunities for increased prosperity for all. The challenge takes place February 10th-14th, 2018.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Heres a small sample of my supplies for the few days . In and around soup kitchens. Tomorrow is a fasting day so i dont need to consume any of my resources

Challenge i had to invite a friend and tell them i didnt have any refreshments. It was very uncomfertable considering I invited them over to have a visit. The reality is when you dont have anything to spare ; leaves little room to share. And this would be very hard for me as i want to have something to offer at all times. Instead of food i showed her some floor core exercises for her to try at home so the better part of our visit was spent doing something active.

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