This challenge is asking families to attempt to stay within a social assistance budget for five days. Ontario Works benefits provide a maximum basic needs for a couple with any amount of children is $458.00; this sets the challenge budget at $75.00 per family, or $15 per day. A single parent would receive $344.00 per month, therefore, their challenge budget will be $60.00 or $12.00 per day.

The budget includes all food and drink, entertainment, some personal supplies and transportation costs. Each family will be given daily challenge cards which will reveal additional challenges to be completed before the end of each day. As the family completes the challenge, they will blog about their experience.

Griffiths Family

Griffiths Family

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New Challenge Card...Swimming lessons

Today’s challenge card is ‘Children’s swimming lessons are starting. Get new swimsuits.’.  I would have gone online to see if I could get them cheap from kenora’s buy and sell or the other local facebook pages but I don’t have Wifi so I am going to call Wal-Mart to see if they have any on sale so I don’t waste money on a trip to town.  I think I will need a little more pudding by the end of the week so I could grab that at the same time.

I operate on a very tight clothing budget myself and usually get clothing given to me, I pick it up at garage sales and remake clothing.  I very rarely get to buy new clothing and don’t really need to, The one thing I usually splurge on is shoes because I believe that is investing in my future.  When we are done with clothing we donate or remake. I have tried to sell it but find it a lot of work for $1 here or there and usually spend more by driving to drop it off.  

Women’s place has a clothing drop-of for children and adults, I am going to call them to see if they have any bathing suits. 468-9095. I go to their Wee-use Wee-cycle event every year around August at the Baptist church and get a large bag of clothing for the kids for $5.  They have everything for kids including clothes, socks, underwear and outdoor wear and gear.  This is the place to donate clothing in good shape because it has the potential to clothe so many people in our community.  Think about how much clothing gets sold every day, we as a society tend to ‘need’ too much and end up with 10 or more pairs of pants, shirts, sweaters etc..  I don’t imagine people on OW have that luxury or need it, it takes time and energy to manage clothing.
I am not sure if the Fellowship has a clothing program, I have purchased the Salvation Army’s clothing and they can be a good resource but I know when my money was tight it was more than I could spend.  I would look to see if they had any other services but don’t have Wifi so I will call them next week.

I am sure the Fellowship has connections as well so I will ask them when I go there Monday. I have volunteered to serve lunch on Monday.  They are a vital part of our community and provide a service that is invaluable their mission is;
To clothe the naked
To help the helpless
To feed the hungry
To love the unloved
To guide the lost
They work with other providers in the community such as the Knox church to provide a meal program.  They are going to email me the schedule but I believe the Fellowships soup program is Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and the Knox’s is Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday…I’ll post if the information is different.

Off to find a bathing suit..

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