Stories

Using a simple recipe of Food, Fund, & Storytelling within a safe, learning, environment, small groups foster a sense of belonging and support for individual growth and social change. 

Story Blogs

EDGEy Conversations – Changing the Narrative of Poverty

February 18, 2021

Now working alongside with Bridges Peterborough programming, Bedford House started a journey many years ago of what it looks like to be in deep relationship with people with lived experience…

A Failure of Imagination

November 24, 2020

Allan David Smith-Reeve, September 6, 2019 Instead of working to “fix” poverty and “the poor” – which is not working no matter how many resources we throw at it. Why…

How does wealth isolate us?

August 24, 2020

Reverend Allan Smith-Reeve, August 2020  “Loneliness and social isolation are now being recognized as public health issues in Ontario. In his recent report, Connected Communities: Healthier Together. Ontario’s Chief Medical…

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Story(telling)

April 3, 2020

Story(telling) as part of the Bridging Team Process helping us to understand who we are today — and the art of practicing humanity How can we awaken more humanity in…

Learning to live without

March 27, 2020

Allan David Smith-Reeve, Thursday March 27th, 2020 While Conservatives are dreaming about how we might get used to smaller governments, Socialists are dreaming of a re-focussed social safety net for…

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Silver Linings

March 24, 2020

Allan David Smith-Reeve, Thursday March 19th, 2020 My dad remembers the Polio epidemic. While it was most virulent between 1949 and ‘54 before the Salk vaccine was developed, there was…

From Mentor to Ally

January 24, 2020

or… Working myself out of a Job Allan David Smith-Reeve, January 2019 When I was first employed in the Poverty Business, an industry that employs tens of thousands of Canadians,…

Gift Economy

January 21, 2020

Allan David Smith-Reeve, January 21, 2020 She wondered “How do we get from where we are to where we want to be?”. We were having breakfast with a friend of…

A Hero’s story about how poverty is not the problem…

November 3, 2019

Allan Smith-Reeve, November 2019 Once upon a time, there was a very curious person living in a beautiful city with a river running through it. This person, though they did…

Poverty is not the problem

September 6, 2019

Allan David Smith-Reeve, July 9, 2019 We’ve had an outbreak of a social dis-ease here in Peterborough. Folks who could be my cousins or yours – are without shelter in…