Posts Tagged ‘ingenuity’

Time to pay some bills. How are you going to do it?

February 21, 2011

Today is Family Day!  You are no doubt enjoying it with your family and maybe even playing a game or two.

Games are important, and at some point in our lives we all play them – young or old.  Board games, hide and go seek and tag are an important part of almost everyone’s childhood.  Modern games are big business, especially video games.   In fact, you have probably played a video game a time or two in your life – be it solitaire or Tetris.  They’re fun, and the best ones teach you a thing or two about the world.

Well an American charity called Urban Ministries of Durham has come up with an interesting online game called Spent.  You can play it here and read a little about it here via the Toronto Star.

While some of the situations are unique to the United States (buying health insurance for example) many of them are the same ones our patrons face every week.  Do you pay off a bill collector or buy your kids new shoes?  Do you focus on keeping the lights on or keeping the heat on?  Do you ignore your fever and go to work, or take unpaid time off to go to the doctor knowing that it might mean the difference between eating or not next pay cheque.

Similar to the Do the Math online challenge, (here) this game puts you in the position of someone who has to make some very hard choices.  Many of us don’t realize how many pay cheques away from making these hard choices we are. I hope this game gets you thinking.

What can we do about it?  Well, there are local people today who need help getting through the consequences of making a lot of these choices.  You can support local people who are trying to do just that by volunteering or donating.   But why are so many more people being forced into living spent and not just playing it?  Helping to answer that question will help make Kitchener Waterloo a more prosperous and healthier place.

Building a Community – One Young Soul at a Time

July 29, 2010

“Young”, “vibrant” and “energetic” were the first words that projected into my head when Lianna and I arrived at the Courtland-Shelley Community Centre. It’s not a typical community centre like YMCA, nor a two million dollar facility that you visit for your weekly workout. Low-key and modest, the centre sits among a neighbourhood of 69 townhouses, only distinguishable through its sign that reads “Courtland-Shelley Community Centre.” (more…)


April 15, 2010

We’ve all seen this happen at the grocery store…

Once in a while a grocery cart will go for an unexpected trip far away from home, possibly to never be returned. Unfortunately, this happened to our  program a few weeks ago,  one of our blue metal carts went missing. This isn’t the first time this has happened.  Sometimes our carts are found, but this one is currently missing.  Initially we had five metal carts, now we have four. The carts are important to the program because we use them to pack our patron’s hampers, to transport food and donations throughout the program.

If you see this cart wandering, please give us a call at 519-742-0662. No questions asked. We will come and pick it up.

our sad missing cart

On the same day that our blue cart went missing, a patron donated a flat bed cart. What timing! Although this cart was a little rough around the edges, made of wood and missing a top shelf , it was about to be given a new life by one of our staff members…

One of warehouse staff, Raymond, uses a lot of ingenuity when we are in need. For example, he has made our famous bun/bread bin you see in our lobby, and our new potato bins in the warehouse. Many of the supplies for these two projects were purchased, however, in the case of the cart, Raymond was able to make the necessary improvements with left over plywood, a strip of aluminum, nuts and bolts, screws, and two brackets. These materials have been donated over time to the program and are stored in secret location for possible future projects, like our new cart shown below. Even the tools used for this project were donated to us. Et voilà, here is the result of some hard work…

thank you eddie!

On the surface, “Eddie” the new cart may not seem so handsome, but, he performs well under the most hazardous road conditions.  More importantly, he gets the job done. He has been fondly named “Eddie”. I like to think of him as “Eddie the Super Cart”…   A mix of cutting edge technology meets a warm human heart.