The walk will begin at the Grant County YMCA. All funds raised will go to the Grant County Rescue Mission and its ministries.
Rick Berberia, executive director of the Grant County Rescue Mission, explained that the event takes place in February to give the participants a taste of what it is like to live without a warm place to go.
“A lot of things we just take for granted, we just jump in the car and go. (The homeless or impoverished) don’t have that luxury so this gives the people the opportunity to see what it is like to walk a mile in their shoes,” Berberia said.
Berberia said The Mission’s goal is to help those without a home and the walk raises awareness of homelessness.
“When we raise funds, then all that money comes back to the Grant County Rescue Mission. That way we can offer life changing hope, and that looks like a hot meal, or a warm bed, or a life change program,” Berberia said.
“It is really eye opening because a couple of the times it’s been kind of breezy and kind of cool. A couple of the years it’s been snowing with ice and actually walking in snow in very, very cold temperatures, and you are walking in that cold and you think to yourself, there are people who actually are living in that environment. I can go inside and get warm but the homeless, they can’t do that,” Knapp said.
Blake Neff, secretary of the Mission’s board, said the walk is an opportunity for the community and the Mission to work together.
“Walk-A-Mile is a marvelous opportunity for the Grant County community and the Grant County Rescue Mission to come together to recognize one another’s circumstances and the opportunities those circumstances bring for involvement in prayer, giving and celebration of diversity. It is just a great time for everyone involved!” Neff said.
Registration for Walk-A-Mile will be open until the event. To donate or register online visit mygcrm.org.