Patricia Windsor

When the Cupboards are Bare

06
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This can’t be happening to me, thought Patricia. With her sudden loss of employment, the Davis household income took a drastic hit. They were in a crippling situation.

Imagine a family of four living on $5 a month after paying rent and basic bills? This is where Patricia Davis and her loved ones found themselves after Windsor’s economy took a turn for the worst, and the fast-food business Patricia was managing abruptly closed.

“I was devastated,” says Patricia. “Beyond the loss of substantial income, losing a job also comes with other losses—loss of professional identity, sense of security and self-esteem.”

Patricia’s husband earned minimal income from seasonal work, but that was barely enough to pay rent and the phone bill. Patricia tearfully recalls gathering pocket change to buy milk and telling her children she couldn’t give them a toonie for pizza day at school.

Although Patricia knew her job loss had nothing to do with anything she did, she felt guilty for letting her family down. While her natural reaction to seeking help was to withdraw, out of embarrassment and pride, she recalled that in years past it was The Salvation Army who restored her hope and joy.

At age 12 Patricia and her younger sister were plucked from their classes at school because of a fire at home. They arrived to find their ranch house up in flames. As the sisters clutched each other a lady in Salvation Army uniform appeared and consoled them until their parents arrived. The house burned to the ground. While next steps were being planned, Patricia and her family were invited to stay at the Army’s summer camp, and remained there for a month. “They treated us like family,” says Patricia. “With their support we learned to giggle again.”

In 2011, Patricia needed the Army’s help more than ever. The cupboards were near bare and she could no longer pull together a complete meal. “It takes a lot of courage to tell someone you are in need,” says Patricia. “It’s humiliating.” Yet the 41-year-old refused to accept defeat and contacted her local Salvation Army.

“The Army restored my inner strength,” says Patricia. “They assured me there was nothing to be ashamed of. I wasn’t judged but was welcomed and helped. That’s what I needed.”

With the help of The Salvation Army, and while Patricia continues to seek employment, she is able to provide balanced, nutritious meals to her family—something that at one point seemed impossible.

“Everyday choices are still challenging,” says Patricia. “And it’s hard sometimes to see or feel dignity when your source of income is removed. But when I walk through the doors of The Salvation Army my heart is full and I feel I am worth more than just a job.”

 

8 Comments

Joseph Antony

The story of Mrs.Patricia is an eye-opener to persons like me.God Salvation Army to look after His children.
See how he is caring us.
Send the email of Mrs.Patricia.

Alison Isaac

wow your story really inspired me and made me realize i am not alone i too am also the bread maker for my family of four… god bless you and thankyou

Elva Cartwright

I am grateful that you went and asked for help for your family. That must have been a hard thing to do. God said, ‘Ask and it shall be given.”
Now your family will trust in God and others. Some day you can help some one else, …..what comes around goes around.
Merry Christmas to you and your family and God bless you all!

Hyacinth Carlson

that was very inspiring! :) just curious as to how she went about obtaining some food from salvation army? me and my roommate just moved here a month and a half ago, to Winnipeg and unfortunately are still job hunting. What money we did have left over from the move is long gone and so is the food, except for abit of bread and pasta. but we come from survivor families and pioneers so we’ve been finding food in dumpsters and wherever else it’s just thrown away. :) sometimes it doesn’t always work so just looking around to see if there’s other options or not. thanx muchly, have an awesome day!

Suzanne Berton

Keep your chin up, Patricia. We’ve all been through something like this one way or the other. Thank God for the Salvation Army!

Mazhar uddin ahmed

Very touching story. Only the person going through it know’s the pain of this type of suffering.

Nancy J

Thank you for sharing your story. It was very brave and I am sure difficult to ask for help. Stay courageous and may God bless you & your family. Hearing your story makes it easier to give what we can.

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