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Letter: Walk in their shoes

For the last several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness to help plan a fundraising walk for tomorrow.

I’ve been reminded how indiscriminate homelessness can be and how quickly one can lose everything. I’ve also become more aware of the hurdles involved in trying to re-establish oneself with a home and a job. With the assistance of a handful of organizations, including the Concord Homeless Resource Center, many homeless persons have overcome those hurdles and now have a place of their own, while others are getting closer every day.

The 3.75-mile “Walk in Their Shoes” begins at 5 tomorrow at the Friendly Kitchen, 2 S. Commercial St. in Concord. The walk will trace many of the steps taken by the homeless every day, passing several of the organizations which are resources for homeless persons. The walk will conclude at the Friendly Kitchen, where refreshments will be available. Just show up, donate what you can and walk! All proceeds will benefit the homeless resource center.



Legacy Comments1

I thank the Monitor for doing a good job of shining more light on the plight of the homeless among us. I've never been homeless, but I've had enough different life experiences to say I can imagine it. I've donated this year to four different Concord organizations that provide help to the homeless, and as I read about the controversy over the panhandling "problem" this past year, I wondered what it would take to get just 10,000 Concord families to kick in $100 to help homeless people get back on their feet. That would be $1,000,000, not a tremendous amount, but it sure would make a difference. I know there are hundreds if not thousands of causes that are worth supporting, but when I see the faces of homelessness up-front and personal, this is one cause that motivates me to dig a little deeper.

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