February 2013

Wed, Feb 27th 2013, 21:41

Being a Part of Something

Circumstances found me having no other choice but to rely on social assistance which was a hugh challenge to face.  I could hardly believe that I was expected to live on what I was allotted monthly; it was inadequate to even take care of my basic needs.  In order to survive I would have to access food banks and other community resources.

At a community dinner I had been told about, I met others who were in the same situation.  We had mutual concerns about feeding and housing ourselves and our families.  I heard many statements about hopelessness and feeling unimportant.  Some of us talked about stigmatization and society telling us that it was our own fault, that we caused the situation we were in.

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Computer Ministry in Halton

Computer Ministry is a non-profit community based project associated with Compass Point Bible Church that accepts donations of working computer equipment.  The data is erased and the equipment is given away to people in the community.

Voices for Change member, Diane, heard about the ministry and met the man behind it.  Dave Warren has over 30 years experience in technology, having been both in computer software support with Cogeco and with Hewlett Packard in hardware support.  His passion for the community of Burlington and a desire to help in a church ministry led to a partnership with Compass Point Church and the Computer Ministry project.

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A Common Language

“You can never really know someone completely. That’s why it’s the most terrifying thing in the world, really—taking someone on faith, hoping they’ll take you on faith too. It’s such a precarious balance, it’s a wonder we do it at all. And yet..” Libba Bray

I have a significant point to make about faith; in me, in Voices for Change Halton. But I can tell you right away that it isn’t all in one place.  It is a difficult point to make because Voices is a group of people who also bring faith and keep faith – within and beyond; at the moment and in time.

From the beginning members of Voices, were launched into the challenging practise of writing, reading and speaking – first among ourselves and then to others who were and have remained distant allies.  Our common language became the stories of our ‘lived experience’ with poverty.  Through our individual stories we discovered many connections and similarities between us.

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