Their Shoes #20

Dave recently learned about the shelter through his cousin, Chris. For two years now, Chris has served food and washed dishes at the shelter. Dave enjoys working alongside his cousin to serve food to the homeless. “It feels good to be able to help others.” Dave’s running shoes were donated to him by the shelter.… Continue reading Their Shoes #20

Top Things I Learned

Things I learned from entering my first writing contest: 1)    I wished I paid more attention to Mrs. McPhee, my grade eight English teacher. No one knew grammar like Mrs. McPhee! 2)    Mistakes can be found even on the fortieth re-read. 3)    It’s good to review the fine print of the rules earlier than the… Continue reading Top Things I Learned

Their Shoes #19

James has been a client and volunteer at the shelter for as long as I’ve volunteered there. I don’t think anyone can wash dishes as quickly as James. He bought his running shoes at Champs Sports store. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Definitely, shelter. I don’t have a place… Continue reading Their Shoes #19

Winning Combination

I spun the combination lock again. It must’ve been my tenth attempt. I started to panic. With a towel wrapped around me and dripping wet from the pool, I knew I could be in trouble. My clothing, shoes, purse, phone and car keys were locked inside the locker. And, my sole contact lens! Finally, the… Continue reading Winning Combination

Their Shoes #18

In 2009, Michelle started coming to the shelter with her boyfriend. The boyfriend’s now an “ex” but the shelter’s remained a constant in Michelle’s life.  She’s a familiar face to all as she helps sort donations and serve food. Michelle’s shoes were given to her by the shelter. What is your biggest struggle with poverty… Continue reading Their Shoes #18

Lemons of Life

Dead silence. Followed by gasps of shock from the group surrounding my husband, Guy. As Guy was leaving the coffee shop, someone flicked the lights on and off. We’ve all heard flashing lights can trigger seizures in certain people. Guy called out,” Seizure later!”  My hubby is quick to be witty. That’s just him. The problem was… Continue reading Lemons of Life

Their Shoes #17

Jackie’s wearing slippers in the winter despite owning a pair of boots. She twisted her ankle and the slippers are the only footwear that’s comfortable right now. She bought them at Wal-Mart for $14.97. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Accepting seeing some of the poor people here at the… Continue reading Their Shoes #17