(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Downtown was filled with people braving the cold, and walking for a cause Friday night. Approximately 100 people came out for the sixth annual Walk for the Homeless event.
The annual charity walk centers around homeless awareness and is used to raise funds for the St. Joseph Welfare Board. The $15 registration fee went to the local non-profit to assist the homeless population in paying for medical expenses and providing basic necessities.
Kristin Click volunteered to help organize the walk and emphasized it's educational value to the community.
“It’s basically to help educate the community about different resources that are in the downtown area for our homeless population. This way they can kind of get a sense of what it’s like to be homeless and have to walk the streets in order to obtain the needed services just for daily survival,” Click said.
Participants walked the typical three mile migration path of the homeless in St. Joseph. The walkers stopped at eleven various service centers to learn about different resources available to assist the homeless. Down town centers included service facilities like the Open Door Food Kitchen and the Social Welfare Board's HOME Unit.
The event was co-sponsored by the St. Joseph Welfare Board and Missouri Western's Organization of Student Social Workers.