February 21, 2015
Registration begins at 8:30 am
The Walk begins at 9:00 am
and ends at 1:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
2 South College St , Athens
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What is it?
A walk to educate the public (children, youth and adults) about the reality of homelessness and poverty in southeastern Ohio and to generate needed financial support for the Good Works Timothy House, a shelter for the rural homeless in Athens, Ohio. The Timothy House serves homeless people from nine southeast Ohio counties. Click here to learn more about the Timothy House.
How will the money be used?
All the money raised by individuals participating in the Walk will be used to assist the homeless through the Good Works Timothy House, where almost 75% of our funds come from private donations.
What will I experience on the Walk?
All of the Walk experiences are intended to expand the participant's perspective of poverty and homelessness through a wide range of engaging learning opportunities. None of the walks are very long in terms of distance, and at least one of the walks is very short, for the sake of our seniors. Each WALK leaves from and returns to the First United Methodist Church on College Street. Free parking is available in the Athens Parking Garage.
Schedule of Events
I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…
I was a stranger and you invited me in…
- Matthew 25:31-46
THE FOLLOWING WALK experiences were for the 12th annual Good Works WALK scheduled for Saturday February 22, 2014.
I AM HUNGRY. Will you help me?
Our goal for this WALK experience was to help adults and children understand why food is an all-important issue for people in poverty, and particularly people in poverty in southeast Ohio. We talked about and helped people experience the difficulty of finding food each day and how food affects so many different aspects of a person’s life: Health, ability to learn, appearance, and self image to name a few. We showed some of the different aspects of the effect food has on how someone feels, how they plan their day, and their ability to cope with life’s difficulties. This WALK also addressed the broader issues of justice and injustice with regard to food; and some of the others issues that can be addressed on a local level. We showcased practical ways people who participated in the WALK can show they care about their neighbors and make a positive difference in the quality of life of those who are struggling with hunger and homelessness.
I NEED A HOME. Will you help me?
Most people in rural southeast Ohio don’t know what it is like not to have a home; to experience the instability, insecurity and fear that occur when you must stay in places that are not your home and rely upon the kindness of others for your daily needs of food and shelter. This WALK focussed on many of the complex issues and challenges people in rural southeast Ohio experience living in a shelter, finding housing, and maintaining housing. Stories from our neighbors who have been homeless were shared along with the unexpected difficulties and joys encountered along their way. Participants gained a better understanding of some of the unique obstacles our neighbors encounter in housing, health, hunger and employment as they struggle with poverty. This walk included a stop at the Timothy House; the only shelter for men, women and children without homes in nine southeast Ohio Counties. This WALK offered many engaging and interactive experiences that highlight the difficult situations that our neighbors must endure. Participants heard people’s stories in those circumstances, especially why people don’t have housing and how that happens. WALK participants also learned what is being done to prevent people from losing their houses and different ways each one of us can offer our neighbors practical help by supporting them when they are living in a shelter. This was an educational WALK experience geared to adults and children of all ages.
The Good Works WALK is not focused on distance. Most of the WALKS are not very long. The WALK is primarily a community building event focused on providing participants with a memorable experience that enlarges their perspective of poverty and homelessness in general and the particular situation of people struggling with poverty in rural Appalachia. The Walk has always been an inter-generational experience, including adults and children of all ages.