A Growing Tribute

I’ve always loved sunflowers since I was a youngster. The towering yellow flowers make me smile. Dad wouldn’t plant them in the front yard like I requested back then. However, in later years, he always planted a row of sunflowers at the edge of his vegetable garden right up until his last summer. This year,… Continue reading A Growing Tribute

Their Shoes #44

Tia recently received her shoes from the homeless shelter. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Shelter! I’ve just been couch-surfing since I lost my place. I no longer have a place of my own. I rented from my cousin before we, shall I say,  parted our separate ways. My situation changed… Continue reading Their Shoes #44

Their Shoes #43

Nancy’s shoes were purchased by her parents. Her previous pair fell apart and she required a new pair for a non-paying career gig. “I plan on paying them back. For now, it’s added to the nearly $10,000. debt to my parents incurred over the years from buying necessities like food, clothing and shoes. Not to… Continue reading Their Shoes #43

Their Shoes #41

James obtained his shoes from the Red Apple discount store downtown. His girlfriend was “after him” for months to buy a new pair of shoes. The laces were still fine but the soles were “no good”. With a laugh, he tells me he had “holes in my soles!” What is your biggest struggle with poverty… Continue reading Their Shoes #41

Their Shoes #39

Ryan was barely able to keep his eyes open as he ate his lunch at the homeless shelter. He bought his shoes from his friend recently. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Shelter. I’ve been living on the street on and off for about five years. Sometimes I crash at… Continue reading Their Shoes #39

Their Shoes #37

Carl received his shoes from his cousin, Justin. “The shoes are a size 10. I’m a size 13. And they’re women’s shoes. But, I’m not complaining.” What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Shelter. I’ve been living on the street for three days now. I was staying with my sister but… Continue reading Their Shoes #37

Their Shoes #34

Mike received his shoes from a drop-in centre in Ottawa last month. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Shelter! I’m staying at the Salvation Army right now. It’s not that bad. I have a bed and a locker. They’ve lined me up with a worker already, too. I’ve nowhere else… Continue reading Their Shoes #34