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 shelter and seeing the way they handle their situation. There are a few hookers and drug addicts that drop in here. Mind you, Christine (the administrator) and everyone else here treats them well. I just wish they could change their ways. But, I’m not them. I don’t know how they ended up where they did.”

“I’m retired now. I worked at a bank. CIBC. I collect a CIBC pension and an old age pension. I give Christine $20 every month to help out. To thank her for helping me out with meals. CIBC gives the shelter $500 a year, too! “

What would you like people to know about living in poverty?

“You gotta work hard to get out of poverty. Sure, some people think they’re owed something, like they’re entitled. But, the truth is nothing comes easy. You must work hard.”

“Go work at Tim Horton’s. Start at the bottom. Work your way up.”

“And, tell people to keep on giving the way you are. The people here need the help.”


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