Take Steps to End Homelessness: Support the Homeward Bound 5k Walk and Run on April 6, 2013

Author: Libby Mountsier

We all know the old adage: “How do you eat an elephant?"
"One bite at a time.”
In St. Joseph County, you can help end homelessness one step at a time by participating in the Homeward Bound awareness and fundraiser on Saturday, April 6.
It is as easy as walking, running or pledging.
If you walk, you can join our SJC Bridges Team, sponsor a Getting Ahead Graduate who is walking, or start your own team.
Just go to the website to get started: http://homewardboundindiana.org/st-joseph-county.
Anna Rohrer, a sophomore at Mishawaka High School and the national girl’s high school cross-country champion, is this year’s Honorary Chair. Anna knows a few things about running and she is excited to put her steps this time towards winning a different race – ending homelessness in St. Joseph County. Anna says:
“I’m excited to be this year’s honorary chair. I hope you’ll join me on the starting line on April 6th.”
Homeward Bound starts at the Robinson Community Learning Center at 921 Eddy Street in South Bend. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with walkers starting at 9 a.m. and runners at 9:30. The Awards ceremony runs from 10:15 to noon with activities, music and recognition of the fastest runners, largest fundraisers and others.
Six area agencies that address poverty and homelessness are organizing the 11th annualHomeward Bound 5k Walk and Run to raise awareness and funds on these critical community issues. Those agencies are Center for the Homeless, Habitat for Humanity, Hannah’s House, Hope Ministries, Robinson Community Learning Center and St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty. Together these organizations impact thousands of families every year, helping them build long-term stability and transition out of poverty.
Join Anna Rohrer on Saturday, April 6 for Homeward Bound. Anna is a Mishawaka High School sophomore and the national girl's cross country champion and our Honorary Chair!

Homeward Bound is a statewide initiative to bring Hoosiers from across the state walking toward an end to homelessness. The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) began this effort in 2003, and Homeward Bound has raised more than $3 million for over 100 affordable housing and homeless service providers across the state since its inception, making it Indiana’s largest grassroots fundraiser with the ultimate goal of ending homelessness.
If Anna can do it, so can you.
Interested? Form a team, sponsor a team or join up to walk or run at the website below. Businesses can sponsor the event at different levels The Homeward Bound website is: http://homewardboundindiana.org/st-joseph-county.
* If poor weather threatens, call 631-8410 the morning of the event to find out if the event has been postponed.