Who: The entire community is invited to participate
What: 2013 Help the Homeless Walk, benefiting the Community Crisis Center of Prince Georges County
When: October 20, 2013, Sunday--same day registration starting at 12:30; walk starting at 1 PM,
Where: Gather at Mishkan Torah & walk around Greenbelt Lake--approximately 2 miles
Why: Because funds are needed to help shelter those without homes
How to Register online: Click on this link
Come out and join us in raising awareness and essential funds to help so many in need of Shelter, Sustenance, and Support
Mishkan Torah will host a Fannie Mae “Help The Homeless Walk" on October 20th. We will be meeting at Mishkan Torah, 10 Ridge Road, Greenbelt, MD and then walking around Greenbelt Lake. We ask every family to join together in a community effort to end homelessness. The walk begins at 1 pm. Anyone who has not already registered may sign up on site a half hour beforehand.
Last winter the Warm Nights hypothermia shelter program provided 5,200 bed-nights of shelter from November to April and was often overfilled. More than 2,700 of our Prince George’s County Public School children experience homelessness each year. Over 136,000 veterans experienced homelessness in 2009 – 11,300 of who were 18 to 30 and served in Iraq or Afghanistan. There is a good chance that someone we work with, worship with, or go to school with, is homeless or in imminent danger of homelessness.
By walking, each person offers a Warm Night to someone in need by raising much-needed funds for a local nonprofit Community Crisis Services, Inc. Community Crisis Services has been serving individuals and families in crisis in Prince George’s County 24 hours per day, every day since 1970. In the community, Community Crisis Services is often the first point of contact for individuals in crisis – seeking disaster services, shelter placement, social services, to report child or adult abuse, suicide prevention/ intervention counseling, or simply seeking a compassionate listener. Its Warm Nights Shelter remains the only Hypothermia Shelter in the Greater Washington DC area that accommodates families and children.
Please walk and give generously
Gather with us at Mishkan Torah and walk to show we care. We will have refreshments as well as child and adult education on homelessness. You need not pay to walk, but you must fill out the registration form and it would be wonderful if you could give as an individual or family – every dollar counts. Child walker registration is $20 and adult registration is $30. Each adult and child who registers will receive a Help the Homeless t-shirt. If you cannot join us, you can sponsor someone to walk – as many school children walk but cannot afford to give.
Here is a picture from last year's walk.