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

Feb 12, 2018- Day 3

This morning my plan was to walk to the track to go for a run, however quickly changed my mind when I heard the weather on the radio...."Extreme cold warning in effect. -33, with a wind chill of -42". I like to do my work outs first thing in the morning as that's when my energy is at its highest, it improves my day, and its done and over with. I decided to pull out my insanity max dvd that my daughter bought me 2years ago for Mother's Day. What a workout, and without touching my wallet.
For breakfast today I will have 3 hard boiled eggs, an apple as a mid morning snack.
I just opened my challenge card envelope. It says I have broken my tooth and its very painful. What can you do about it?
If I were in this position, I would call a dental office, most open between 8 and 8:30am, and try to make an appointment, letting them know my situation and see if they can make me an appointment. Thinking about this now, I might not have a phone so depending on where I live, there are a couple phone booths in town which I could use, one for sure at the Shell station. If I didn't have any change, I could try the walk in approach, as a last resort, showing up as soon as they open....explain I did not have a phone, and what my predicament was, and perhaps they would tell me I was welcome to sit and wait to be seen but not sure of how long a wait that would be as others who have scheduled appointments would be seen first.
I am employed as a Dental Assistant and am aware that Ontario Works does provide assistance in this case. I will get the full details today when I get to work and let you know the outcome.

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