PROVINCETOWN – The Homeless Prevention Council will hold their third annual Walk for Home event this Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event fundraises and increases awareness for the organization through a 2.2-mile walk to and from Town Hall at 260 Commercial St.
The mission of the nonprofit council is to provide personalized case management solutions to promote stability for those who live in the community. The event aims to create awareness about how difficult it is to live and work in Provincetown, council Executive Director Hadley Luddy said.
Last year the walk was entirely virtual. This year, it will be both in-person and virtual, with at least 100 walkers.
“We’re really psyched to be back in person,” Luddy said. “We’ll also be running it on Facebook Live for the few folks that are joining us remotely.”
Anyone can participate by signing up to join a team, creating their own or by donating prior or on the day of the event. The event will allow community members to connect with case management services, or get involved with special programs like Adopt a Family or the Backpack to School Program.
“We walk so that all our classmates have a place to call home,” Provincetown Schools National Junior Honor Society stated on their team campaign page.
Local teams include Saint Mary’s on the Harbor, Seamen’s Bank, and a team in memory of Rev. Jim Cox from the Methodist Church. The council has already raised nearly 70% of their goal, Luddy said.
The event originated four years, as a shortened version of a seven-day walk that was held for 25 years.
“Each organization the participated went off on their own to create their own fundraiser or to do something different,” Luddy said. “At that time, we then shifted to The Walk for Home.”
She’s happy to do the walk in Provincetown, as the organization “has been serving the community proudly for 30 years now,” she said.
The Homeless Prevention Council was originally founded as an interfaith council for the homeless.
The walk starts at 10am, but people will begin to gather at 9:15 a.m., Luddy said.
She wants to continue to remind those facing housing insecurity that there is a full-time HPC community support liaison and full-time office at The Methodist Church on Shank Painter Road.