Friends of the Poor Walk
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Day after day, many people in our community struggle to make ends meet. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) in Juneau has many programs that are helping those individuals and families. Every day, SVdP volunteers and staff work with those in need to provide emergency food, help keep the lights on or fill a fuel tank, avoid eviction or pay for travel for medical care. We serve a diverse culture and our mission of charity is carried out regardless of religion, race, or national origin.
The Friends of the Poor Walk (FOP) is a national event that was started eleven years ago specifically to raise awareness and funds for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. We will be joining 240 other Friends of the Poor Walks across the United States in an effort to help eradicate poverty. The walk will start at our new thrift store location on Glacier Highway and proceed to our housing shelter on Teal Street, where we will gather for a light lunch and celebration. We will also offer a longer walk for hardier souls with a loop along Egan Drive.
SVdP Juneau operates a transitional housing facility with 26 rooms which serves 13 families and 13 single / couple occupants, in addition to five low-income housing complexes with 108 units. Last year we also provided the following services to the homeless and those in need:
- 13 housing vouchers, 100 food vouchers, 50 bus passes and 50 vouchers to the thrift store
- Over 300 children received Christmas gifts through Adopt-A-Family
- Over 200 Thanksgiving Baskets were either delivered or distributed
- 1800 lbs. of food (not counting the holidays) were directly distributed
- Home Visit Teams provided 15 home visits and 11 referrals for services
- Navigators (case workers) made over 1,000 contacts and placed 30 into permanent housing
Will you please join us in walking or consider becoming a sponsor for our Annual Friends of the Poor Walk on Saturday, September 28, 2019? Registration starts at 10:00am for both routes at the thrift store at 9151 Glacier Hwy. You can register at the walk or in advance. You can register on the St. Vincent de Paul USA Friends of the Poor site here. You can also register at the St. Vincent Store. If can’t walk with use this year, but would like to donate, click here and put “FOP” in the memo line.
Walker Registration / Waiver Form
If you would like to fill out the registration form / waiver in advance and bring it to walk, you can download it here:
Walker Pledge Form
If you would like to have others pledge donations for your participation in the Friends of the Poor Walk, download our Walker Pledge Form here:
The Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run is a national event coordinated by the Development Team at the National
Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul.