Our online fundraising campaign will continue through October 2018. We have a long way to go in order to reach our goal. Anything you can contribute is greatly appreciated.
There are a total of 8 shelters that are designated to receive funds from our 2018 Walking 4 Change online fundraiser.
Donations can be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/walking4change&rcid=r01-153374231891-50ce7800c5264f70&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w
To view more information about each shelter please click on the attachments included below.
My name is Derek Pratt, President of 4Ward With Purpose Inc. Our "Walking 4 Change" mission is to bring awareness to issues relating to Homelessness and Housing Stability.
In July of 2018, I will be walking from Cleveland, OH to Washington, DC to attend the 2018 National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference.
Having experienced Homelessness as a youth, which led to me dropping out of school at the age of 15, I am making this walk for the children across our country who are facing Homelessness.
I stand with you, and walk for you!
My goal is to visit as many Homeless Shelters along the path of my journey through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland as I can.
HOW MANY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS?
On a single night in January 2017:
THE IMPACT OF HOMELESSNESS ON CHILDREN
Homelessness can have a tremendous impact on children – their education, health, sense of safety, and overall development. Fortunately, researchers find that children are also highly resilient and differences between children who have experienced homelessness and low-income children who have not typically diminish in the years following a homeless episode.
When compared to low-income and homeless families, children experiencing homelessness have been shown to:
-National Alliance to End Homelessness
All Money raised will go to support Homeless Shelters, along with Programs and Services aimed to Stabilize Housing and Prevent Homelessness.
Each Shelter I visit in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland will receive a portion of the proceeds raised from our GoFundMe campaign, totaling 25% of all financial contributions received.
In addition to supporting the Shelters I visit, another 25% of all proceeds will go to Domestic Violence Shelters in Ohio.
An additional 25% will be allocated to Programs for Homeless Shelters to pilot tenant mediation processes. This program is aimed to help prevent families from being involuntarily discharged from a homeless shelter.
15% is earmarked for Landlord/Tenant Programs and the remaining 10% will cover Administrative Costs associated with Walking 4 Change 2018.
Met Kai while I was walking along the Great Allegheny Passage near Cedar Creek Campsite. Had some good conversation and laughs. This young man has a powerful story! Had to capture a video of him showing off his talent!
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