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Week Without: Reflections

CAP’s week without is well underway. Each of our staff members is giving something up this week in a movement of solidarity with our clients. Every week this year we’ve had to turn away prospective clients because there isn’t a service available near to them. Some of the challenges they face – the challenges our Week Without emulates – have been surprising.

For example, I (Mike from Client Services team) am only eating twice a day. While it might not seem like much at first, focusing on ANYTHING when your stomach is empty is difficult. Productivity goes down. You become irritable. As I write this, I’m getting to the point where I haven’t had a substantial meal in 10 hours. I feel tired, sluggish, and I have a headache. Even this blog post requires what feels like a Herculean effort. I don’t know how I would cope if this was how every day went.

And I’m not the only one. Dave, from our Church Partnership team, has limited himself to 50 things. For some of our clients, this is where they are at. They don’t have extra of anything, and that means empty time is scary. Dave spent his evening sitting on a hard-backed chair, waiting for the time to tick by. No TV, no books. Like many of our clients, leisure time is often empty because of a lack of resources to fill it with.

Helen Norris, our Church Support Manager, has been experiencing the isolation that many of our clients feel. Even though there might be others around, many of our clients are quite isolated and their health begins to suffer because of it. With no one to interact with, each day becomes more and more challenging.

One of our clients was living on $11.50 for groceries before they called us. Will has been emulating that this week. His food allowance has been tight, and it ripples out to other situations. Will was invited to a pot-luck dinner, and brought along two slices of bread. Had this not been a temporary, work-related scenario, Will simply wouldn’t have gone.

These are just a few examples of our Week Without journey so far. I’d encourage you to visit and donate to support our clients who aren’t in this situation for seven days – the average wait before someone calls CAP is a year. That 365 days spent struggling with being hungry, isolated, and ashamed. With your help, we can expand the reach of our service network, and help reach those in need. Click Here and donate now. Simply put “week without” in the “What Prompted you to give today” box and we can see our fundraising goal of $5000.00 reached and exceeded.