Urbandumpsterdiver's Blog

August 30, 2013

From Dumpster to Paycheck

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 2:27 pm

Right before we came up North for the summer, we were out dining for the night at a small ma and pa restaurant. Two men came up to the table and told us they just gotten jobs and were really excited about getting a paycheck.

At first I didn’t recognize them, then I realized who they were, the men from the church we’ve given food to. Because of the huge volume of food we gave them, they were able to find work and become self sufficient.

1. The two men come to the church as homeless men and live on site.

2. We meet them when we stop by the church to donate food. They would normally help us carry all the food from my truck to the refrigerator.

3. Over time we’d get to know them and make small talk.

4. Because of all the food we donated to the homeless center/church, they had a big BBQ open to the public.

5. The money collected from the BBQ went into the church van.

6. Church van gets spiffed up, tuned up and new tires.

7. Now two men have transportation to go to job interviews.

8. They get the jobs and now have regular paychecks.

9. They are now self-sufficient men who now have a sense of pride and accomplishment. Self esteem is raised and everyone wins.

Food dumpster > Church/homeless shelter > fund raiser money> new tires on van> gets hired at local factory > now productive proud members of society.

Isn’t that great how the universe works?



  1. Wow, great story! Reblogging.

    Comment by mindweapon — August 30, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Mindweapons in Ragnarok and commented:
    From Dumpster to Paychecks. The Urban Dumpster Diver blog is one of the most important in the WN universe. This post is an example of the gift economy in action.

    Comment by mindweapon — August 30, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

  3. It is interesting. Good job! You are making a difference.

    Alot of places are getting more strict about dates. If you befriend the crew, you might find a line on some good times to check.

    Comment by Ryu — August 30, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

  4. And all without the “help” of the Federal-Global Beast!

    Comment by Hereward Saxon — August 30, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

  5. Love it! Great work and nice to hear from you!

    Comment by Cheapchick — August 30, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

  6. Doll face – you are the BEST of the BEST. Bless you, and your hubby, and your little kitty baby!

    Comment by Denise — August 31, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

  7. AMAZING..you truly blessed them and they in turn will bless others. Great JOB!! 🙂

    Comment by CAROL — September 1, 2013 @ 8:43 am

  8. it can also be seen as someones waste is another persons’ treasure. It is great that what you do really helps others. I have missed your blogging and hope you will continue telling us what you find in the dumpsters. I am not a true dumpster diving but often skim off the top of dumpster. One day I was walking home a few kilometres from home early on a cold morning and looked in a bin at a sports oval on a Monday morning and low and behold a nice looking jumper with a hood on it the right size sitting on top. I thought that would be good to wear and then I thought I am cold so put it on and wore it home. I washed it and it is now part of my winter wardrobe. There is another sports field nearby part of a university that I check out every Monday morning as things are just put in the bin if left behind. I also discovered they replace the large toilet rolls and just throw them out and again sit in the top of the bin. I say why not at least leave them for people to take as some are nearly full.
    Great that you are back and keep up the good work

    Comment by Melinda — September 4, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

  9. Wow

    Comment by Rhinne — September 8, 2013 @ 12:18 am

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