Walking Home fundraiser to benefit local programs for the homeless

Family benefits from Walking Home event.

Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE)  – Addressing the needs of homeless residents. It’s an issue that’s been getting a lot of attention lately. This weekend hundreds in the Fort Wayne community will gather to support agencies that help the area’s homeless.

Ivy Tech student LeSean Cole is one of the people who will benefit. The single father of three used to be homeless. But he has turned his life around and the lives of his children thanks to the Vincent House Village. “My major is business administration and my goal is to own a few houses for starters,” he said. “I want to be an entrepreneur and open other businesses.”

Vincent Village Executive Director Denise Andorfer said her agency is a transitional shelter that provides permanent housing for the homeless in the Oxford neighborhood. It is one of nine area organizations that will benefit from the Walking Home fundraiser that will take place Sunday at Headwaters Park.

“We’ve been participating since we conceived the idea of everybody coming together because it’s not just about raising funds,” said Andorfer. “It’s about advocacy and it’s about really making a statement that this is a huge priority for our community to address the needs of the homeless in our neighborhoods. We rally teams, we get clients, volunteers and our staff and we participate in the walk and we get pledges from local individuals or corporate sponsors.”

The walk is a 3.5K trek through downtown.  Activities start at noon Sunday, April 26th.  The walk begins at 2 p.m. To register, click here. Our own Terra Brantley will again serve as the emcee.

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