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The Insiders: It doesn’t matter whose shoes you wear, just walk these miles

There are plenty of places we wouldn’t recommend walking in Concord. Down the center of Interstate 93 South, for instance, or straight across the river. We’d also be hesitant to encourage a stroll through the “sprinkler” at White Park (which, as we found out the hard way, is actually a fountain in the middle of a pond of dead fish!).

There is one walk, however, that we highly recommend. The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness is sponsoring a “Walk in Their Shoes” fundraising walk tonight beginning at 5, a roughly 31∕2-mile journey to many of the places homeless people visit for assistance on any given day. The trek will start and end at the Friendly Kitchen and make stops at the Concord Homeless Resource Center, City Welfare and Open Hands Resource Center, among others.

You won’t actually be wearing someone else’s shoes – unless you want to trade kicks with someone before the event – but you will be getting a better feel for the routine of a faction of the community that often has to walk as many as 15 miles per day, said Marcia Sprague, director of the Concord Homeless Resource Center. People are encouraged to show up this evening, with or without sponsors, and contribute whatever they are comfortable with. All proceeds will benefit the Concord Homeless Resource Center.

For more information, email or visit If you’d prefer to donate rather than walk, you may do so on the CCEH website, or by sending a check payable to CCEH, P.O. Box 3933, Concord, 03302.

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