Richmond, Va. – On Thursday, April 25th, community leaders from various walks of life will participate in a homeless simulation called “Walking in Their Shoes” as part of Affordable Housing Awareness Week.
Walking in Their Shoes is an awareness-raising event designed to complement other volunteer activities during Affordable Housing Awareness Week. The purpose of this week is not only to bring attention to the issues surrounding housing affordability, but also to encourage citizens to get involved with the groups that support these causes.
Walking in Their Shoes will be hosted by Homeward, the Greater Richmond region’s planning and coordinating agency for homeless services. Each participant will be given a profile of someone experiencing homelessness and will be asked to navigate the challenges faced by our region’s homeless population on a daily basis, including accessing food, shelter, and transportation. A unique group of community leaders, media personalities, political representatives, and local professionals will participate in this event.
Participants this year include:
Parker Agelasto (Richmond City Council)
Jackson Scott (Q94)
Tom Allen (Virginia Education Association)
Tobby Small (Capital One)
Kevin Gremer (Capital One)
Theresa Swann (Bank of America)
Mary Kay Huss (Better Housing Coalition)
Karen Walters (Capital One)
Christine Isaacs (MCV)
Elizabeth Warren (Warren Communications, LLC)
Amanda Jayne (Capital One)
Rob Wojciechowicz (Capital One)
Mike Jones (Capital One)
Amy Woolard (Voices for Virginia’s Children)
Mia Mattern (Virginia Community Development Corporation)
John Vithoulkas (Henrico County Manager)
Bill Mims (Virginia Supreme Court)
Lynn Pharr (United Way)
The event will be capped off with a discussion and debrief by the participants at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Richmond at 3:45 p.m. Questions about parking and where to go for the debrief can be directed to Erika Schmale, Community Engagement Coordinator, Homeward, at (804) 343-2045 ext.18 or (804) 322-9880.
For more information on Affordable Housing Awareness Week and our partnering non-profit organizations, please visit www.AffordableHousingRichmond.com.
With close to 1,000 homeless children, single adults and families at a given point in time in Greater Richmond, Homeward is the regional catalyst to research, report and coordinate resources for people experiencing homelessness. In collaboration with regional partners in the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, New Kent, Powhatan, Charles City and Goochland, Homeward facilitates service provider trainings, client resource fairs, and conducts twice yearly ‘point-in-time’ counts of those at-risk and who are currently in the sheltered and unsheltered population. In 2008 Homeward launched the Ten Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in the Richmond Region. For more information on Homeward, visit www.homewardva.org