This is hard to write but it is true for many. What I’m about to say is a harsh reality of what people go through.

What I am about to say is also the reason why a lot of people don’t ask for help.

People do not ask for help because of the fears and stigmas that exist.

Here Is Something to think about,

What if you were a #singleparent with a #child

You work full time for $15.00/hr

You take home roughly $960.00 per paycheck (bi-weekly after taxes)

#singleparent #parenting #Blessed #grateful #calgary #calgarylife #alberta #yyc

Your bills per month:

$1,000 or more for rent
$150 or more for cable/internet
$250 or more for utilities
$150 per month for car insurance

So let’s do the math

You bring home about
$1,920.00 a month

Your bills average about $1,500(give or take)

@GrannyGTArp @BallerGearCA
You’re making it, but you’re barely making it. #HoldingOn

That doesn't include #groceries, #medication, #clothing or simple things like toiletries.

(It doesn’t include anything like #childsupport, #spousalsupport or the #childtaxcredit)

@JenRLabelle @heatherwilkey #YYC #YEG
Very recently we had a heatwave. It was a doozy one too.

We had #heatwaves and #weather so #hot that the temperatures set new records!

Then you get a utility bill for $600

How do you pay that?

To put it don’t.


Because you can’t

#Weather #WintersComing
Your power gets shut off. Because you needed to run your AC for your kid

But you know what your #lease says?

It says you be #evicted if your utilities are terminated

So now you’re in court crying to a judge who doesn’t care, & you have 10 days to get out.

#Help #PayItForward
Well you’re in luck, because you found somewhere with 3 days to spare & it’s only $650 a month!

But to get in, you must pass a background & credit check.

Which you can’t because you were just evicted

#FeelingHopeless #Hopelessness #SaturdayMotivation #activism #ActOfKindness
You’ve never been a criminal, but even if you could pass it, you’re looking at $1300 to move in, after paying the deposit & first month’s rent.

Time’s up!

#Landlord shows up at 7am with the police & changed your locks.

#HousingForAll #Housing #Twitter #compassion #Love #YYC
So, now you’re living in your car with your son & everything you need to get by.

You tried to get a storage unit, but you dont have a physical address they won’t rent one to you.

So you could only take what would fit in your backseat.

#Hopelessness #payitforward #NeedHelp
You pay to shower at local truck stops & eat whatever can be cooked in a gas station microwave.

Someone sees you & your son living like this & calls CPS, guess what happens next?

#MentalHealthMatters #SocialJustice #HelpingHand #HelpingOthers #News #Trending #Canada #YYC #YEG
They remove your child from your care. You’re absolutely devastated.

You then lose your job too.

(Because “an employee losing their child reflects poorly on this company.”) #Canada #YYC

#JobLess #LookingForWork #NeedingHelp #jobseeker #AlbertaCares #CanadaStrong #CalgaryStrong
So now, you apply for an apartment with Calgary Housing where the waiting list is 3-7 years!

Housing in Calgary is horrible! A solution for housing for all NEEDS to be found ASAP!

Then you go into Wal-Mart to put in an application. #HousingCrisis #HousingProblems #WalmartCanada
You get back to your car and see that your window has been smashed & someone helped themselves to your belongings.

Now you have damage to your only shelter…and winter will soon arrive.

#CarInsurance #Insurance #SocialMedia #Charity #HelpingHands #Hope #HelpingHand #Help #Care
You call your car insurance, they tell you that your deductible is $1,000

They say they’re also going to increase your monthly rate since you’re now considered “high risk”

You call the local shelter as a last resort and they are full.

#Shelter #livinglife #Existing #Help #YYC
I’ll stop here. I won’t go on any longer because I think everyone got my point.

The people you each work with everyday are these people!

Your neighbors are these people!


#LowIncome #AISH #AlbertaWorks #Welfare #abhealth #AbLeg #abpoli #Abgov #COVID19AB
Many of us are close to being #homeless and we don’t realize it.

All it takes is:

*1 unexpected bill📃
*1 fender bender🚙💥🚗
*1 lay-off 📊

Get the idea?

We literally are one emergency away from disaster!

#anxiety #BeKind #BetterTogether #Canadians #cdnpoli  #Politics #YYC
Instead of talking bad about people who are #poor, #homeless, #mentallyill or #people who #needassistance or #NeedHelp.

Why doesn’t everyone try #helping in any way you can?

Why not #help?

#community #GivingBack #GiveToOthers
This is why @HarvestHillsYYC does what it does.

This is why @HarvestHillsYYC faces criticism and slander daily.

This is why @HarvestHillsYYC deals with angry 😡😤😡 people.

People that are #hurt and #angry themselves to the point they take it out on others😔

We here @HarvestHillsYYC can help you, can help others…but we can’t do it all.

We can help you start out on the path moving forward…it is up to you to continue on that path.

But you have our support and encouragement along the way!
This is also why @HarvestHillsYYC and it’s volunteers go out in heatwaves and bring water and fluids to families and individuals who are in need.

This is why @HarvestHillsYYC would like to be able to help everyone that comes to us for help....but we can’t.
This is why we @HarvestHillsYYC are in need of help in the form of #donations.

These #donations go a long way to #helping #families, #individuals and #seniors with whatever THEY need.

Not what people think they need but what they themselves need in their moment of crisis. #kind
If you can help us out please...PLEASE consider donating via Etransfer or PayPal.



PayPal through our website
(Click on Donate)


#YYC #OurYYC #FeedYYC #Calgary #Alberta #Canada #Ottawa #Vancouver #hope
Please #Help as we currently have several urgent 🆘emergencies🆘 on our list that need our immediate attention. #yyc #yeg #yyz

@CTVCRoebuck @global_leslie @LandryLes @LoriSigurdson @LoisRobb1 @Tinu @Crackmacs @CraveFoodsCA @jimmydhughes @JTreliving @IAmJodiHughes @WBrettWilson
If anyone would like to sponsor a family, single parent, single individual, or a senior in need, please send an email to #YYC


In the subject line put:

-Sponsor A Family

-Sponsor A Senior

-Sponsor A Single Parent

-Sponsor A Single Individual

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More from @HarvestHillsYYC

7 Sep
🚨😔😔😞What a day😞😔😔🚨

Is it ever going to get better?

How can there be so many people in need? So many people that are falling through the cracks?

It is so hard to keep going knowing we can only do so much…but when does one draw the line?

Who helps the helpers?
Today was a high stress and difficult to process day filled with so many people who are hurting and lost that it is heartbreaking💔.

We might have to make the difficult decision to close our doors. Too many people in need.


Who helps the helpers?
We normally take a few days on the weekend for self care.

We woke up to 171 phone calls, 83 text messages and 47 emails from people asking for help. Asking for direction.

People in Alberta are😟worried. Scared. Frustratingly frustrated with what has been happening in Alberta.
Read 14 tweets
4 Sep

We are at a local superstore and we are needing Calgary’s help.

We are filling the last items needed for the special medical food hamper for this senior family. Can anyone help with this?

#Help #YYCCC #YEG #YEGCC #foodie #Food #hampers #HelpNeeded
The reason this is a unique hamper is because the senior gentleman we are helping is terminal and has severe dietary restrictions that have been set by his doctor

We have worked with his doctor to provide what he needs to be comfortable as he possibly can be.
#SocialGood #BeGood
If anyone can help please donate. Our donation info is 👇🏼




(Click Donate)

@Hell_Berta @EveryAlbertan @GrannyGTArp @grantfuhr @MarkCherrington @ChristinaNDP #YYC #YEG #MEDTwitter #Calgary #Alberta
Read 6 tweets
6 Aug
Earlier today we were in downtown #yyc handing out water & gatorade and fruit, when we decided to stop & have a break by the Cat Cafe...when we came upon a senior lady rummaging through the city's garbage bins.

#Yyccc #Calgary #Alberta #Canada #SeniorLiving #seniorcare #Seniors
We thought she was looking for bottles to turn in for money but we were wrong. She was looking for both bottles & she was also taking food out of the bins & putting it in her cart.

As soon as we saw that we went over to offer her our help.

#Help #Community #Compassion #BeKind
We went over, asked if we could get her a cold drink & a snack & asked her if she'd like to join us on our break.

She accepted. We went into the coffee shop across from the Cat Cafe (Forgot Name), grabbed some drinks & snacks and sat down in the shade across the street. #Hope
Read 25 tweets
24 Jul
This morning we saw something we will NEVER forget.

We were at the #Walmart in Southeast #Calgary. We were shopping for some groceries when my stepson saw someone take a package of meat and put it under their shirt and then slowly walk over to their cart. #Food #Hungry #Alberta
This person had very few things in their cart. My stepson knows what I do here at @HarvestHillsYYC & he asked if we could help them.

I said yes we could but that this person would feel ganged up on if we all walked over to them, so I told him to stay here and that I’d walk over.
I walked over to where they had their cart and said “I know what it is like to struggle. I would love it if you’d let me help you and I’d like to pay for your groceries.”

This person looked up at me and said “did you see me take the meat?” I said “yes I did. I’d like to help”.
Read 18 tweets
18 Jul
We have a serious emergency.

Late this afternoon we were contacted by a senior named “Helen”. She only had one meal left in her kitchen.

She called us for help and we are helping.

We will be using the last of our available funds to get her some much needed groceries. #YYC #YEG
We will hopefully be giving her enough groceries for an entire month so she doesn’t have to worry about having to choose between medications/food, food/electricity, food/rent.

Too many #Calgarians are being ignored and forgotten. Too many #Calgarians are afraid to ask for #help.
We need help. If anyone can help with a donation towards her food hamper, we will be here for about 2 more hours because we are shopping for four seniors tonight.

You can help by donating by any of the options ⬇️ #Donate #community #donations #DisabilityTwitter #BeKind #Alberta
Read 19 tweets
25 May
🚨Emergency Help Needed ASAP🚨

Meet Troy MacDonald he is a houseless gentleman who was asking for help at the Tim Horton’s on Country Hills.

He was standing in the rain shivering with nothing but a mask and a thin jacket standing next to a bike.
My volunteer (D) and went through the drive thru and offered our help.

We asked what he needed and he broke down and asked us for a tent and a coffee.

We said “how about we do you one better? How about we help you get out of the rain and into the hotel for a week?”
Troy said really? I’d appreciate that!

So we loaded up his bike and we are currently on our way to the travellers inn in NW #Calgary to put Troy in a room for a week.
Read 7 tweets

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