About Raise the Rates
RAISE THE RATES is a coalition of community groups and organizations concerned with the level of poverty and homelessness in British Columbia.
The Stott Family, East Vancouver. My name is Sarah, and along with my husband Darren, son James (10) and daughter Emma (8), we’re a little nervous for what this Challenge week will have in store for us!
I work at Vancity as a Marketing Manager, and Darren is a business consultant in the local, organic food industry, so social impact and food are at the core of our life choices. Living in East Vancouver also means we bump into the effects of poverty on a daily basis, and we try our best to educate our kids around what they see.
But talking only goes so far, and I’m a big believer in the line from the book To Kill A Mockingbird…. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” So that’s why our family will be doing this Challenge – to experience just a week of feeding ourselves on the current welfare rate, and learn about and share the issues from a different …and more human… perspective.