I always appreciated that we were in a country that had safety nets to help people in need. But for some reason when my hydro was cut off and my fridge was empty, I felt hesitant to reach out for help. Who was I to ask for help when a year ago I was in a position to buy groceries without looking at the price and to travel abroad without giving it a second thought? I had never felt so unworthy in my life.
Food was suddenly very expensive. Hydro was astronomical. And the cost of a cell phone plan felt like highway robbery.
I convinced myself to call (the LCRC) and within about an hour I was sitting face to face with someone who listened, didn’t judge, and started going over programs to help me.
The Lowertown Community Resources Centre helped me get my hydro back on at a reduced rate, and gave me access to an affordable food program for fresh fruits and vegetables (Ottawa Good Food Box).
I can’t imagine what situation I’d be in if they hadn’t been here. Thank you.