The Sweetest Christmas Gift

Christmas 2016 has come and gone. But, an unexpected gift stands out from all the others. A special gift from Santa Claus. Two weeks ago, a fellow dishwasher at the homeless shelter asked me, “Do you think I should dress up as Santa Claus? My friend said I could borrow his suit.” If anyone has… Continue reading The Sweetest Christmas Gift

Their Shoes #11

Frenchy’s shoes were donated to him by a local shelter. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Shelter. I’ve been trying to find a bachelor or one bedroom apartment for months. Right now, I’m staying with a friend. But, he’s “on drugs”.  The environment’s not good for me. I’m not welcomed… Continue reading Their Shoes #11

Christmas Spirit

The doorbell rang followed by frantic knocking. I expected it to be a neighbourhood school child selling chocolate bars or requesting cans for a Christmas food drive. It wasn’t. My neighbour, Romeo stood at the door, looking frazzled. He told me our fellow neighbour, Bob was in trouble. That a stranger stopped after seeing Bob… Continue reading Christmas Spirit

Their Shoes #10

Richard’s shoes were donated to him by the shelter. He wears size 14 shoes which are difficult to find. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “That would be just trying to cope with everything.” “I’ve had flat feet all my life. But, I developed pain in my foot way back… Continue reading Their Shoes #10

Choosing Peace

I admit it. It was the second week of advent and I’d done nothing special. Sure, I read a bit of my little Advent booklet. But, I didn’t exert myself. It was time.  I decided to choose kindness and peace. I figured that wouldn’t be too difficult as I’m not too confrontational. Well, I made… Continue reading Choosing Peace

Their Shoes- #9

Joshua’s shoes were donated by one of the shelters in Windsor. It was a cold November day and he wore sandals with thick socks. He told me he prefers sandals to shoes because his feet are sore from gout. Sandals hurt his feet less than confining shoes which put pressure on his feet. What is your… Continue reading Their Shoes- #9

Shocking Living Quarters

Ingenious. That was my first thought. I should have been shocked but instead I thought, “Wow. That woman is thinking smart!” A homeless woman was reportedly sleeping in a large dog crate at night. A folding crate that she stored by day on top of two shopping carts containing her worldly belongings. The crate provided… Continue reading Shocking Living Quarters