Gobble Gobble!

Hello, Diners, This is a heads up that the One Roof community will be celebrating Thanksgiving!  Please join us on Monday, October 10th, (that is this upcoming Monday) for a complete Thanksgiving Feast (ham, not turkey). All of us at One Roof – volunteers, diners,...

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Heroes, Villians & The Road to Redemption

In movies characters are more often than not divided into two separate and distinctive categories, the heroes (the good looking, the kind hearted, the “Let’s save the day” kinda dudes and gals) and the villains (the misguided, the dark, the “Let’s take over the...

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Growing My Faith On The Streets

Well, this is it. I’m done. Today is the last day I will be working the Warming Room for the season. I am so thankful for those who allowed me the privilege to serve, for Niki and Christine who encouraged me to step up and do it..But most of all I’m thankful to the...

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Volunteer Reflections on Changing Views of Homelessness

In my head, I logically know facts about people who are homeless. I know that over 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year or that 35,000 Canadians experience homelessness on any given night. I’ve read the stats that 50,000+ Canadians experience hidden...

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Quick To Judge

On March 3rd, I was in a fairly severe car accident in downtown Peterborough. As this is a small town, the media was quick to cover it making me one of the top stories of the day. Though I wrote off my car and should most likely be dead, I walked away with mild...

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Volunteer Thoughts on Listening & Learning

Coming into the Warming Room as a volunteer is a bit daunting and intimidating all at once. My first day I sat wide eyed and just not knowing what to expect, I thought I was somehow different from the homeless. After volunteering a few months I have come to understand...

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I Am Not The Hero Of This Story

Sometimes people call me an inspiration. Sometimes they call me a role model. Sometimes they even go as far as to call me a hero. And while I do love the ego stroke, the fact of the matter is that I am none of those things. To me the heroes are the 9-5 workers who...

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Christmas Vexation

every year it’s the same thing christmas comes in early november no one is prepared so with guilt being impoverished we buy now, I’m currently on a disability pension and a strange phenomenon occurs at the same time the december first cheque gets spent quicker than...

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Community Conversations

The other day as I was walking down the street I saw a man who was panhandling sitting on the pavement. He was suffering from an episode of mental illness and was talking to himself loudly and using coarse language. A couple people walked by and from their faces I...

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