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.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Challenge of the day:
So i woke up super itchy last night and was told by a family member that i needed to chexk for bugs in my mattress and i saw one!!! I had read that bed bugs dont survive the cold so i have stripped all my linens bagged every article of clothing and towels and dragged my mattress outside ... i will leave it all outside and wipe down all surfaces when i return from church... thankfully there is no carpets in my place .

Today is a fasting day. I will not have my next meal until tomorrow 2 hours before goig to the gym on my volunteer earned rec pass from the fellowship.

I will take a walk later to find a meat source for the week with my 11 dollers.

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