February 22, 2014
Registration begins at 8:30 am
The Walk begins at 9:00 am
and ends at 1:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
2 South College St , Athens
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What is it?
A walk to educate the public (children, youth and adults) about the reality of homelessness and poverty in southeastern Ohio and to generate needed financial support for the Good Works Timothy House, a shelter for the rural homeless in Athens, Ohio. The Timothy House serves homeless people from nine southeast Ohio counties. Click here to learn more about the Timothy House.
How will the money be used?
All the money raised by individuals participating in the Walk will be used to assist the homeless through the Good Works Timothy House, where almost 75% of our funds come from private donations.
What will I experience on the Walk?
All of the 2014 Walk experiences are intended to expand the participant's perspective of poverty and homelessness through a wide range of engaging learning opportunities. While none of the walks are very long in terms of distance, and at least one of the walks is very short, for the sake of our seniors. Each WALK leaves from and returns to the First United Methodist Church on College Street. Free parking is available in the Athens Parking Garage.
I made the WIDOW’S heart sing
I took up the case of the STRANGER
I was a father to the FATHERLESS (Job 29:12-17)
THE FIVE FOLLOWING WALKS were experienced on Saturday February 23, 2013.
This is illustrative of the kinds of learning opportunities the WALK provides participants each year.
Women in Poverty:
This WALK was about women in Appalachia who experience poverty, highlighting the unique problems they face and the beautiful strength they show. We learned about the day-to-day realities that women in poverty cope with. A special speaker was present to share about issues that women in poverty experience.
Children in the Risks of Poverty:
This WALK was especially geared toward families and children. Through interactive experiences, this walk provided a small window into what it is like for children who grow up in poverty. What is different about the lives of children in poverty when compared to those of wealth? Does hard work solve all our problems? Does everyone have equal opportunity? What can we do to change the experiences of children in poverty? These issues and more were dealt with during the course of this WALK.
Strangers in Poverty:
Have you ever been a stranger? Were you forced to trust and depend on people you didn’t know? What does it feel like to BE a stranger? What kinds of fears or troubles do people face when they are not familiar with a community and are needy and dependent on others? We explored these issues, enjoyed a few surprises, and sometimes made the participants feel a little uncomfortable in order to help them identify with the struggles that strangers grapple with. Two former residents of the Timothy House shared their experience of being a stranger. A guest speaker also shared what helped him to overcome similar difficulties.
Three Days on the Streets - A Simulated Experience designed (by the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless and modified by Good Works) to illustrate many of the difficult scenarios encountered by people who are without homes. The goal of this simulation was for participants to get a hands-on experience and build compassion for those who are homeless as they recognized some of the challenges and frustrations people face on a daily basis. Educating on the injustices that often occur against people who are homeless and encouraging community support was also a focus throughout the experience. We walked to a church in uptown Athens and participants moved throughout a large room where a simulated community was set up.
The Mini Walk:
The Mini Walk was designed for people who wanted to participate in the Good Works Walk but found it difficult to walk. This WALK took place only a few hundred feet from the First Methodist Church. Keith Wasserman, Founder and Executive Director of Good Works, presented a slideshow and talk on the history and vision of Good Works. Keith shared how Good Works was established in 1981, how the organization has grown over the years, and discussed some of the core philosophy behind the vision of Good Works. Keith also told stories from his experience of being homeless by choice in 10 cities over the past 20 years.
The Good Works WALK is not focused on distance. Most of the WALKS were not very long. The WALK has been primarily focused on providing participants with a memorable experience that enlarges their perspective of poverty and homelessness in general and the particular situation of people struggling with poverty in rural Appalachia. The Walk has always been an inter-generational experience, including adults and children of all ages.