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.
What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis?
“Food. Absolutely, it’s food! I have a tough time getting enough food for myself. I go to a food bank called Drouillard Place. I can access it once a month. But, I still run out of food before the end of the month each and every time. That’s why I come to eat at this shelter. I can eat three meals a day here, plus snacks. I visit other food banks, too so I have something to eat at home.”
What would you like people to know about living in poverty?
“People think poor people are lazy and that they don’t want to work. Tell them it’s not the case. Some of us are on disability. I’m a slow learner. It’s hard for me to get a job. And, it’s even harder for me to keep one. I don’t have my own place to stay. I live with my son. I couldn’t make it on my own.”
“Let people know there are places for you if you’re struggling. Like this shelter. Rely on your family and friends, if you can. They won’t realize you need help unless you let them know.”
“Try to help one another. Even if it’s just giving people a bit of your food or a place to stay overnight. Be there for them. You can make a difference in their lives.”