The Walk is a great way for people to experience first-hand a little of what it’s like to have to travel place to place to receive some of life’s basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, medical attention, etc. Generally, we ask groups to allow two hours for the entire process. We spend 20-30 minutes prior to departure from the church for introduction and a brief description of what to expect. The Walk, itself, takes usually about an hour. However, each trip can be customized for the group. With people who are able, longer walks can be arranged. If anyone in your group is disabled or elderly, we take that into account, as well. Along the trail, participants will see other agencies in the city that offer services and will hear a little about those services. They will see shelters where people can spend the night, and learn about alternate overnight spaces like the encampment under a bridge. Usually, Lucas Park, known among downtown’s sojourners as their family room, is on The Walk, as well. Back at the church, we offer participants the opportunity to talk about what they saw and heard and, if they are comfortable sharing, to speak about how the experience affected them. In order to maximize the experience, we suggest groups of no more than 15. 10-12 people are an ideal number. If you have more, we can arrange more than one Walk. There is a fee of $10.00 per participant; money that helps to support our program of services for our guests.
Thank you for your interest in The Walk. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or 405-761-3555.