Bloomington Residents Walk to Get the Homeless “Homeward Bound”

Posted on April 12, 2011

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KEVIN WANG

More than 1000 people showed up at Third Street Park here in Bloomington last week to join the fight against Homelessness.

“I think it’s a really good cause,” Hannah Stephens said, a graduate student studying voice performance at Indiana University.

Homeward Bound Indiana works to end homelessness through a series of events that promote awareness.

Monroe County’s poverty rate is the highest in the state but Homeward Bound Indiana hopes to change that.

“I think the Bloomington walk is really (successful),” Katelyn Stoffregen said, a Public Relations intern for the walk from IU School of Journalism. “We’ve raised a lot of money. We are one of the first walks (in Indiana). I think so far we have raised the most money out of anyone.”

“They (the benefiting agencies from the event) try to use (the) Bloomington (walk) as a model.” Kathy Meyer said, chairperson of the walk and program director of Community and Family Resources in Bloomington.

All proceeds go to the 11 agencies who provide housing and food services for the homeless.

“(The funds) help (the agencies) get the general money they really need to run so they can provide their services to people who really need them,” Meyer said.

Homeward Bound has raised about $41,000 so far to help homeless people in Monroe County. But to reach its goal, supporters said they still need more help.

“We hope to raise $65,000 dollars, and we accept donations 30 days after today.” Stoffregen said.

For more information about the event and how to donate, visit: http://homewardboundindiana.org/bloomington.

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