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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

nearing the end

I have figured out what I would do for my Nephew, who turned ten today, the challenge presented to me this morning. I would make him a home made birthday card with an IOU written inside for a Saturday afternoon sliding date. I would take him to the Kenora Public Library tonight, which is open until 8pm on Tuesdays and we could spend some time together. They have a wii available for use, puzzles, games, even legos. He is a little old but today at 430, they had a story hour followed by a craft. All of these activities are free of charge. They allow internet use for up to an hour once per day provided you have a library card and a piece of ID. Maybe my nephew would want to check out some utube. Kids seem to be into that these days. We could share some quality time together, something which can't be purchased. Kids always seem to remember things they have done, not who bought them what.

Today for supper I had something different! I had some coleslaw and pulled pork, without the bun, and a rice krispie square.
I assisted at the supper served at Jubilee tonight and was offered a meal. There was a lot left over, but will not be wasted. Its kept for another time, I believe they freeze it actually.
Learned a lot about different programs offered in town to aid in helping out those in need. So many wonderful, caring, good hearted people in our little City.
I'm not sad that tomorrow is my last day on this challenge, but at the same time, I am glad I participated in it. So many things we take for granted. Everyone should take a step back, the world looks different now.
Been a wonderful day!
Gotta sign out, I have Valentine gifts to get ready.
I suspect I will sleep much better tonight.

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