|Thank you to all who walked for #AWayHome in the 2020 virtual Highmark Walk. Together, we achieved every goal we set out for ourselves. Thank you walkers and donors for your loving support! |
We raised over $76,500 with 535 walkers across 23 Friendship House walk teams!
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I had thought I might do my Highmark Walk as part of my usual morning routine run-walk. It would be easy to do, but not very meaningful. I did go out for a few miles that beautiful Saturday. But I thought it would be more meaningful to walk with the homeless instead of for the homeless. I knew at lunch and dinner I would be preparing and serving meals for those Friendship House housed at the Red Roof Inn in Newark. I thought it would be a neat photo-op of walking around the mammoth parking lot with some of my homeless friends who I know very well. God had other plans.
Issac (name was changed for this story) made his way to pick up lunch along with 39 others. He did not look good that day. He often does not. Isaac has a substance abuse disorder with alcohol, and as a result has severe liver and heart issues. He has medication but chooses not to take it as he believes his end is near. I’ve spent a lot of time with him trying to bring him hope.
Isaac did not smell of alcohol and his speech was not slurred, but he still struggled to walk across the parking lot. Another person grabbed him and held him up. I ran over and grabbed his other arm. Isaac says, “will you walk with me?” Isn’t that what the Highmark Walk is all about? We slowly made our way into the building and down the long hallway. I told Isaac and our other friend about the Highmark Walk and they thanked me. I think this says volumes about Friendship House, “Will you walk with me?”
We got Isaac to his room to lie down and discussed calling 911. But he did not want to go to the hospital. My other friends at the Red Roof Inn reported he was somewhat better at dinner but still weak. Our friend took dinner to Isaac’s room. Pray for Isaac that he will accept the help from those who reach out to him. And pray he will again find hope in life.
Thank you Friendship House for all you have done to care for the most vulnerable. Your efforts, especially during the pandemic, saved lives. You have given hope.
– Tom Parkins (FH volunteer)
This year’s Highmark Walk was a great success, with over 400 registered walkers and surpassing our goal by raising over $60,000! We want to sincerely thank everyone who came out, participated with us, and donated. 100% of our proceeds will go to the Friendship House life-changing and life-saving programs.
What would you do if you were given $60,000? I can tell you what we will do with the $60,000 you raised for us through the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community: We will serve more people who are struggling with homelessness. We will house more people who are in need of sound programming looking for a self sufficient way of living. We will give away more clothes. We will give more women jobs. We will be able to say yes to one more person who is asking for help. We will continue to be a sanctuary for those who need it most and a stepping stone to empowerment for all those who ask.
Because of you.
Friends, you are heroes!
And we felt incredibly blessed to walk 3 miles with you on behalf of all those we serve who were unable to do so.
Thank you. Thank you to the team captains who got 420 people to sign on as walkers in support of Friendship House! Thank you to every person who joined us today to walk or who joined in prayer! Thank you for breaking every record we set! THANK YOU for raising $60,000 for our life saving ministries!!
Let’s do it again next year!
Your greatest fans – The Friendship House family