Walking Home was formerly known as “Homeward Bound.” This particular fundraiser has been in town since 2001 and has raised on average $50,000 a year which aids in helping the homeless. Each year, 300 or more people come out to not only support the agencies involved, but also learn about the reality for the homeless living among us.
In 2013, all the agencies involved decided to keep everything about this event local to this part of our state. Because of this decision, this annual fundraiser has taken on a new name and look. Despite these changes, however, the purpose of the event has remained the same; namely, to bring more awareness about homelessness in our area and raise funds for local agencies involved in addressing the needs of that population. Examples of what these funds may support include, but are not limited to, shelter, food, clothing, emergency assistance (basic needs), case management, advocacy, and transportation.
The common thought may be that homeless individuals and families are those we may see living under bridges or tucked away in some corner of a park. Even though this is true, the reality is that homelessness comes in various forms. Everything from families living in hotels to individuals living with families or friends to people staying in homeless shelters, transitional living facilities or even staying in their vehicles—all of these circumstances qualify as being homeless.
In Fort Wayne and the surrounding area, we can find all of these types of situations. The good news is, each of the agencies who participate in Walking Home (and others who are not involved) work hard to help end this reality.