Tales From The Shelter – 27

September 22, 2010 at 9:41 am 6 comments

This is Stephen.  He is now around 40 years so probably doesn’t have too much of a hairline left.  He’s a schizophrenic living somewhere in Vancouver (probably downtown east side but ya never know).  His mother would really like to hear from him to see how he’s doing, it’s been a while.  She loves him and would like to be in his life.   He can contact the Salvation Army to leave a message for her.

FUCK!  I’m tired.  Tired of being tired, tired of being sick, sick of being tired, etc. ad nauseum.

Four days to go to payday and some of the gals on our floor are hovering like vultures.  I’ve had it, I’m not giving out one more cigarette and I can’t stand the way some suck up to ya for one.  Barf!

Tele-Tubby One HAS to be doing crack.  I mean, every few nights she’ll go out to meet her boyfriend and she comes back in pale as a ghost.  It’s the pontificating about crack that really gives her away.  Teletubby numer two has to have another nickname, she’s given up on watching the idiot box, at least for now.

It’s been a few days since I last wrote.  The confines here are really getting to me and Bossy thinks she’s my wife or something, she wants to know what I’m doing every moment of the day and the other night when I was out having a smoke and plugged into my music she stormed out muttering , “I came all the way out here especially to hear about your day!!!”.  Ya?  Well too bad, you know that when I have my ear plugs in I don’t want to talk.  Now she wants to go somewhere on Saturday together and I’m thinking, ah….no!

The house phone is right across from my doorway and some people talk really loud, especially retarded Martha.  After having asked people to keep their voices down, Martha has been the only non-compliant so I moved the table back and reversed the chair to face a wall and not my door.  Martha changed the configuration back , so I changed it again.  Martha changed it again and  put a note on the table and chair saying not to move stuff around.  I moved ‘stuff’ again and left a note saying ‘Stuff will stop moving around when inconsiderate people learn not to talk so loud’.

The tensions are mounting here and it looks like Bossy and Martha are headed towards a blow out.  Summer is over, it’s autumn, we are going into hibernation mode and the weather has had us staying in more so the proximity to neighbours has narrowed.  I cried all day and night the other day.  Something has to give.

I went for my third appointment to an organization that’s supposed to help people with disabilities re-enter the job market.  Unfortunetly the organization is disabled.  My worker asked me if I was saving any money.  Heh?  Save money on $400 a month??? She looked at my job preferences and when she saw I put down advocacy work she told me a lot of people write that down but she doesn’t know of any courses available , and that some get work doing that but she doesn’t know how they find it.  Heh?

Then she asked about housing and I said I was still not in stable living conditions.  So she printed out places to rent from Craigslist.  I told her that room shares were not an option for me and she said I may have to.  Heh?  She printed out places that were $500/month or more and I told her I can’t afford that.  She said I had to pretend I was working and look at things that way.  Double Heh????  This woman obviously has no concept of what it’s like to live on a disability income.

She told me I’d be suited for retail sales or warehouse work based on my work history and what’s available.  Ya right, as though I’d be good at or enjoy being a sales clerk at Zellers (which she mentioned).  Get a grip woman!!!  Oh ya, and that would be minimum wage so, like, I am only capable of working part time so how’s that going to add up to pay over $500 in rent plus utilities?

This organization must be a Gordon Campbell philosophy of the poor.

I’m not going  back there.

The Three little pigs should be millions of slime who make up this wretched world but for now the biggest affecting me are Stephen Harper, Rich Coleman and John Baird (because he is and looks like a pig).


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Tales From The Shelter – 26 Tales From the Shelter – 28


  • 1. Kim  |  September 22, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Those organisations are all private contractors. They aren’t there to address real problems, they are window dressing for Fiberal Talking Points.

    I was under the impression that welfare should be topping you up by at least a couple of hundred dollars, am I mistaken? Or is it the humiliating application process that stops you? By the sounds of things you should also qualify for Person with Disability status. But we all know how that goes.

    I got CPP for my partner, after a two year fight, so they paid out a 3 year lump sum almost two years ago. The tax implications have now come home to roost. Not only can we not afford to eat much, we owe CRA &1,600 and lost all benefits, such as fair pharmacare and MSP premium assisstance..

  • 2. harpervalley  |  September 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Kim , I am on disability. Housing takes $375/month of my
    $925. And I’m supposed to be saving money??? The food banks are hideous, if one were to go to them all the time that would be 6 hours a day wasted standing in line.

    That sucks about you and your partner and the taxes and all.

    Oh, and some of those organizations, yes, they’re fiberal driven or con-man-ervative driven. hap-hap-happy all the time, time time…..as Rich Coleman sees things.

  • 3. Kim  |  September 26, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Yes, you are right about the food banks, very skinny pickings, very little nutrition and getting worse all the time, as the middle class feels the pinch and competition heats up for “charity” dollars.

    People need to insist that the government looks after those people who have been used up by the machine. The charity model of social responsibility does not work.

  • 4. Kim  |  September 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    New post on the issue. Comments?

  • 5. harpervalley  |  September 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    hi kim, sorry, i’m not very good at checking my comments section anymore. charity worked somewhat well , considering the system, for a while. however, the nuveau riche, and i’ve said this time immemorial, do not understand the concept well….look how long it took for bill gates to finally became a philanthropist…abysmal but at least he’s got it right now.

    also, the nuveau are much more expecting with their ‘dontations’ (read: tax receipt). the colonial mind set is to try dictate how their bucks are used, not just that they are used. so the political quagmire created is rather messy .

    not that old money was perfect, certainly not. and i am the first to say the system needs more then an overhaul but complete change. but these nuveaus pick my ass big time.

    and so i wait. because when the real collapse comes, i have to be ready and prepared to help so many who lost it all and need to readjust. i have no choice but to help, it’s part of my life path.

    to do so with compassion will be my biggest challenge.

  • 6. Kim  |  September 27, 2010 at 11:28 am

    That’s funny, that is the way I look at my challenges too. I see my job as teaching the newly poor how to be happy with less. I’m teaching them how to garden, gather and preserve food. But they aren’t hurting enough yet to really appreciate the knowledge. And, yes, compassion will be the big challenge.

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