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St. Joseph Residents Walk for Homeless Awareness

Downtown was filled with people braving the cold, and walking for a cause Friday night.

Posted: Nov 8, 2017 7:50 PM

(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.

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Dangerous heat will move into the area today with highs reaching the upper 90s to triple digits. Heat index values will likely be between 100-106. Use caution when spending time outside this afternoon. Hot and humid conditions will continue on Friday with highs back in the upper 90s and lower 100s with heat index values reaching triple digits. A cold front will move through the area Friday afternoon into the evening bringing the chance for a few showers and thunderstorms. Scattered rain chances will continue through the weekend with highs in the lower 90s. Highs in the 80s will return for the beginning of next week.
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