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

Their Shoes #16

Moe received his shoes from the shelter. He’s been a regular at the shelter on and off for years. He likes to help out by changing the garbage bags, carrying in donations and cleaning up when necessary. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “That’s easy. Money and quitting drinking.” “I… Continue reading Their Shoes #16

Their Shoes #15

Peter received his winter boots from the shelter. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Well, right now, it’s money and a place to live. I live in a triplex. I’ve lived there for years with no problems. There was a fire in one of the other units. My place was… Continue reading Their Shoes #15