Jobs that involve working with people are interesting and challenging. Depending on the nature of your job, you might get to know some people enough to recognize them, or even remember their names outside of your workplace. I’m sure teachers get this a lot the longer they teach. You’ll be out running an errand and you’ll see all sorts of former students or their parents. Some you’ll remember, but some, likely not. It’s funny what sticks in your mind or doesn’t.
Jobs that require you to work with the public make you realize the truth in the phrase “it’s a small world.”
I remember when I first started working at the House of Friendship’s Men’s Hostel on Charles Street, that the down town core of Kitchener changed for me. I was not born it Kitchener or Waterloo, so I didn’t know a lot of people here when I first started living here. It didn’t take too long working at the Hostel before I could recognize a lot of the people I passed on the street down town as former or current residents. It drove home the understanding that most of the poverty that exists in our community is largely invisible and everyone has a story.
Now that I have been working at the Food Hamper Program for more than a decade, it doesn’t matter where I go. I will usually see at least one or more people that I have served at some point. At the grocery store, library, my kids school or just walking through my neighbourhood. It is a small city after all and as I am about to share, (and have in the past) there are very few neighbourhoods in the city that don’t have someone in them who has needed our help at one point or another in the course of any given year.
Who Needs A Food Bank? Your Neighbour Does
In the previous post we shared what some of our community centre, food hamper and supportive housing participants had to say about the upcoming Federal election.
Today I would like to share some information specific to our Emergency Food Hamper Program, carrying on the work we did this summer, to determine what share each Federal and Provincial Electoral district had of the people we helped over a year.
For the Federal election, things are a little different, because of the additional of a new riding for this election and the modification of the remaining ones.
So, for the candidates striving for victory, once the votes are counted, and the winner announced, how many households that have needed a food bank will they represent? (more…)