Their Shoes #29

Cynthia takes her meals at the shelter often. She’s a single Mom with a teen-age son. Her shoes were obtained  from the shelter. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis?  “It’s dealing with Ontario Works (welfare). I misplaced a statement from them. I had a job and my earnings were deducted… Continue reading Their Shoes #29

Their Shoes #8

While “Kim” consented to the use of her name for her story, I still feel an overwhelming need to protect her. Kim’s story is brutally honest. Her running shoes were donated by a manager at the homeless shelter. “Thank God for Anthony. He handed me them and said, “Here’s a brand new pair of shoes!” They… Continue reading Their Shoes #8

Their Shoes- #6

Chris’s shoes were donated by the homeless shelter. Chris works at a grocery store, corralling buggies. He also volunteers on his days off at the shelter, serving food and washing dishes. What do you think is the biggest struggle facing the poor on a daily basis? “The biggest problem for them is being hungry.  Often… Continue reading Their Shoes- #6

Their Shoes- #5

  Anthony (or “Big Ant” as he’s fondly called) received his red Jordan shoes from a friend. Big Ant works security at Caesars Windsor and is an operations manager at the homeless shelter. He helps out with cooking to feed 200 people a day, serves clients , distributes hygiene kits, washes dishes and does whatever… Continue reading Their Shoes- #5

Their Shoes- #4

“Bob” didn’t want his actual name to be used. “It’s bad enough being poor; I don’t want my friends to know what I’m telling you.” Bob’s shoes were given to him by his Mom. She purchased them at Foot Locker. What is your biggest struggle on a daily basis? “It’s gotta be having to meet… Continue reading Their Shoes- #4

Their Shoes #3

Tell me about living in poverty, Barry. What is your biggest struggle? “It’s difficult trying to make ends meet; to have enough money for clothing and food to survive. I got this shirt and these pants and my shoes here at the shelter. That left me with some money for groceries. I skip breakfast every… Continue reading Their Shoes #3