Grace Centers Of Hope Holds Annual 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes' Walk-a-Thon At The Detroit Zoo, June 4
Grace Centers of Hope will host the 6th Annual 'Walk a Mile in My Shoes' Walk-a-Thon at the Detroit Zoo on Saturday, June 4, 2011. Proceeds from the event will support the Children's Programs at Grace Centers of Hope, one of the largest homeless shelters in southeast Michigan. The walk will begin at 8:45 a.m. with an awards presentation and children activities immediately following.
- Detroit, MI (1888PressRelease) May 24, 2011 - "We are inviting the community to spend the day at the Detroit Zoo and help make a difference in the lives of local children who are homeless," said Pastor Kent Clark, CEO of Grace Centers of Hope. "With more than 500 walkers already registered, the 'Walk a Mile in My Shoes' event will help inspire folks to come together to fight homelessness in our community."
Since 2005, this annual event has helped raise critical awareness and support for the fastest growing homeless population in the United States: children. According to the Homeless Management Information System Data Report (2010), it is estimated that there are more than 100,000 homeless people on any given night in Michigan. Of this statistic, one out of every three homeless persons is a child, at the average age of seven years old.
In addition to the Children's Programs at Grace Centers of Hope, proceeds from this year's walk-a-thon also will support the nonprofit's new parents attending Grace Centers of Hope programs, or living in Little Grace Village. There will Hands of Hope Childcare Center, which will open in June and will be located at the former P.O.H. daycare facility at 18 E. Pike St. in Pontiac. Hands of Hope will care for as many as 50 children of homeless be no fee for a parent participating in the nonprofit's programs.
"This event is so important for the services we provide because money raised is used to pay for food, clothing, shelter, medical and dental care, mentorship, childcare, summer camp opportunities and after-school learning programs," said Clark. "What a wonderful way to spend time with your families while supporting such a worthwhile cause."
Participants must register online. All registrants will receive a customizable webpage and online tools to help them meet their fundraising goals. Cost is $5 per child (ages 3 - 9) and $10 per person for those who are 10 years of age and older. There is no cost for children two years and under. Grace Centers of Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations greater than $25 are tax-deductible.
For more information about registering to walk, building a walk team, or becoming a sponsor, visit www.gracecentersofhope.org, or contact Adrian Laux at (248) 334-2187, ext. 31.
About Grace Centers of Hope
Giving hope to the helpless since 1942, Grace Centers of Hope is one of southeast Michigan's oldest and largest service providers for the homeless. Today, Grace Centers of Hope is considered one of the leading faith-based organizations in Southeastern Michigan, confronting issues of homelessness, addiction, poverty, abuse and spiritual emptiness on a daily basis. On any given night, Grace Centers of Hope provides transitional and emergency shelter to 150-200 men, women and children, in addition to serving more than 100,000 meals each year. Grace's $4.8 million yearly budget is maintained solely through corporate and private donors, exclusive of any government assistance. For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.gracecentersofhope.org.