The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department’s Project HOPE is recognized across the Ohio Valley for providing care for Wheeling’s homeless population through street medicine and other practices.
On Saturday Feb 23 they’re hitting the streets in a different way. The non-profit is raising awareness for homelessness through their Winter Walk taking place in Downtown Wheeling.
This year they’re calling the event ‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ as participants will venture through the elements in hopes to gain an understanding of what the harsh winter conditions can be like without shelter.
Project Hope Director Crystal Bower told 7News the event is also an opportunity to educate members of the public who may be turning a blind eye on homelessness in the Mountain State.
“Well unfortunately even if people choose not to see the homeless, they are out there and because of the opioid crisis in our state, homelessness is going to become more and more frequent. It’s important to raise awareness about it. I believe knowledge is power. I think that most people want to help. They just don’t know how to,” said Bower.
There will be information provided during that walk to help educate people on how they can get involved with the cause. Participants will walk one mile through Downtown starting at the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling.
It costs $50 to register.