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 #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

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 #23

  Keith has been one of the regular clientele of the shelter for years. Today was the first time I saw him with a sleeping bag and a mat, made from milk bags, tucked under his arm.  He told me there’s a chance he would be sleeping on the street tonight. He wanted to be prepared. Keith’s… Continue reading Their Shoes #23

Their Shoes #20

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.… Continue reading Their Shoes #20

Their Shoes #19

James has been a client and volunteer at the shelter for as long as I’ve volunteered there. I don’t think anyone can wash dishes as quickly as James. He bought his running shoes at Champs Sports store. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Definitely, shelter. I don’t have a place… Continue reading Their Shoes #19