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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Today was another beautiful day to be on foot. The struggles of yesterday had me reflecting on the importance of preperation ahead.... i had not spent my 11 dollars the previous day so i forgave myself a bit for the failure to not spend. But the issue of full house debugging made me wonder how many laundry mats were here in town and how much per load. That money wpuld of been soent faster than i could blink with our emergency...

Today by foot i took to my daily things. And we joined in on our last meal at knox church for an amazing chili and sald dinner.
We kept company with another one of my favorite patrons from fellowship. And comforted him in his admission to having addictions. Such a kind man shared of his sturggle with himself every day with drinking. He is in my thoughts and prayers
Being able to eat and visit with the people whom we work for; and be on thr end of recieving with them has not only brougt me closer in heart to their stories but closer to them as a sister and friend in the community. I dont just see them at work anymore; i see them everywhere and i can connect with them more now thats ive spent the time ..... knowing them further. Can also help me extend to them the support they may need to get the resources best suited to them. Connecting a man to a proper detox; learning of upcoming birthdays to share a token for ; and being able to put a hand on a back to connect to the root of the issues; this challenge has brought me closer to thenpeople i want to help.

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