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Preparing For The Worst

How do you prepare for winter? One can only assume it is not much different from that of your neighbours. Maybe you stow the patio furniture, haul out shovels and sidewalk salt, and switch out shorts with pants and tees with sweaters.

 

There are also people in our community whose idea of preparing for winter means loading up on heavy socks and thermal underwear and doubling up on coats and sleeping bags… READ MORE

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Foot For Thought: The Importance Of Foot Health

A big problem for elder homeless men is shoes that are too small. Over 40% of homeless men wear shoes that do not fit, that are more than one size too large or too small for their feet. This leads to even bigger problems with serious consequences.

 

Martin has lived on the streets for the majority of the past decade. Like most people experiencing homelessness, Martin’s feet are his only mode of transportation, taking him everywhere he needs to go — to get meals, to meet with his social worker, to visit the doctor, to connect with friends and … READ MORE

 

COVID-19 And The Fear Of Going Out

Some people have been so worried about COVID-19 for so long that it could spark symptoms of agoraphobia and other anxiety disorders. A...