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
Feb 11, 2018 morning post
I'm not a big coffee drinker, very caffeine sensitive, so thankfully at McDonalds last evening, they had decaf available so as to not prevent me sleeping, but I do look very forward to starting my day with a cup of java. I wasn't going to purchase instant coffee from the grocery store yesterday as it was quite costly on my allotted budget, but was so excited when I went to Shoppers to get my eggs that there was Maxwell house dark roast instant coffee on sale for $2.99. I found to my surprise today that it tasted just as good as the expensive coffee beans I'm used to, and provided the same little lift I get from my ground beans. Might have to consider switching over after the challenge.
Yesterdays afternoon and evening entertainment consisted of working on a jigsaw puzzle, which is not different from my usual activities. I never have to buy them as my family and friends always give them as gifts for occasions throughout the year.
Today my challenge card says that my stove has broken down and the landlord hasn't come around to fix it and they hope I can find a way to cook my meals. Thankfully I did extra cooking yesterday, so I will be making use of my microwave. Ordinarily on Sundays, I would make a nice omelette for breakfast, using coconut oil in my pan, with fresh ginger, spinach, peppers, and mushrooms with sriracha sauce. Today its just 2 eggs in a glass bowl in the microwave. Not that tasty or satisfying. I have already found since starting the challenge how much I miss having my container in the fridge with carrots, celery, peppers and cucumbers chopped and ready to snack on. I could have purchased a bag of carrots yesterday as I still have $21.10 left, but Valentines Day is on Wednesday and I want to get my grandchildren something and I don't know what other challenges might present themselves before then, so I will make due with what I have for another day or 2.
I didn't purchase garbage bags for my kitchen as I ordinarily would. I instead found that Dollarama does not charge for bags so when I went there didn't use my reusable bags.
I'm already noticing a change in my skin. My usual skin care consists of Beauty Control face wash, followed by a toner and a moisturizer. I have not used it yesterday or today. My face feels dry and tight. My skin feels itchy because I'm using $1 bar soap. I don't like it. I'm missing my numerous text messages I get from family and friends. Surprising how much they mean to me. I'm going to go for a walk in a bit to get some fresh air and exercise. Maybe I will see some of them while I'm out. Feeling a bit lonely.
Wonder how the rest of my day will turn out.