CHGM takes Carol Schwartz for a “Walk in Our Shoes”
Led by CHGM’s Whitney Parnell and colleagues from Miriam’s Kitchen, Ms. Schwartz took an early morning walk from a park bench to a soup kitchen, similar to the route many homeless neighbors follow every day. Along the way, local homeless neighbors spoke to Ms. Schwartz about the daily challenges they experience as a result of being homeless. She then shared a meal with homeless individuals in the Miriam’s Kitchen dining room and heard from a formerly homeless individual about the transformative experience of becoming housed after many years of living on the streets.
We hope that Ms. Schwartz is the first of many city leaders to participate in A Walk In Our Shoes. We believe the activity will engender in participating leaders a new level of compassion for homeless DC residents and the trials they face, greater motivation to end chronic homelessness, and confidence that it can be done by 2017.
For more information about The Way Home Campaign, and how to get involved, please visit thewayhomedc.org.