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Walking a Mile – or 150 - in Someone Else’s Shoes.

 

Everyone knows the old adage that to better understand someone, you need to walk a mile in their shoes. At the end of this past summer, a Havertown native put the saying to the test and multiplied it by 150, trekking on foot from Wayne to New York City in order to raise awareness and relief funds for homeless families in our area.

The valiant hiker is Sean Guiney, the 43-year-old brain behind the Kids and Hope Foundation, an organization that seeks to help out poor children and their families in the Philadelphia area, including parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, by raising money to provide food, water and shelter for these struggling individuals.

On August 1 at 9am, Guiney embarked on his journey to New York City from Philadelphia Sports Club in Radnor.  His plan was to walk all 300 miles of the there-and-back voyage during the month of August, stopping at local homeless shelters and in make-shift camps for homeless families. Unfortunately, just before reaching New York, he sprained his ankle and surrendered the return trip. Despite this, Guiney still feels that he worked toward his mission. He says, “I wanted to create awareness for the Kids and Hope effort. I wanted to see if people knew about homeless children and people in the area…and 99 percent of the people I talked to had no idea.”

Supporters of the Kids and Hope mission lent a hand as well to Guiney’s endeavor, collectively donating $3,100 to the organization, all of which directly benefits homeless children and their families. Still, that number falls far from Guiney’s initial aim of $10,000. And while he reflects disappointment at the underwhelming response to his “300 in 30” event, he remains optimistic about the future of Kids and Hope. One of his ultimate goals is to open a wellness center for the people served by the organization. He envisions, he says, “a place for children and families to go and stay that feels safe and can supply them with the things they need. People need a place of connection…a place to feel complete.”

Guiney asserts that there are ways other than monetary donations that interested supporters can help the organization. Foremost is spreading the word about the dearth of local affordable housing and the prevalence of homelessness, as well as donating specific items to Kids and Hope; the organization’s website, www.kidsandhope.org, includes an Items Needed page, which includes essentials like food, water and backpacks with school supplies. To learn more about the organization, as well as track the progress of Guiney’s newest mission – walking from Newport News, Virginia back to Wayne – check out the website. 

Walking a Mile – or 150 - in Someone Else’s Shoes.

 

Everyone knows the old adage that to better understand someone, you need to walk a mile in their shoes. At the end of this past summer, a Havertown native put the saying to the test and multiplied it by 150, trekking on foot from Wayne to New York City in order to raise awareness and relief funds for homeless families in our area.

The valiant hiker is Sean Guiney, the 43-year-old brain behind the Kids and Hope Foundation, an organization that seeks to help out poor children and their families in the Philadelphia area, including parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, by raising money to provide food, water and shelter for these struggling individuals.

On August 1 at 9am, Guiney embarked on his journey to New York City from Philadelphia Sports Club in Radnor.  His plan was to walk all 300 miles of the there-and-back voyage during the month of August, stopping at local homeless shelters and in make-shift camps for homeless families. Unfortunately, just before reaching New York, he sprained his ankle and surrendered the return trip. Despite this, Guiney still feels that he worked toward his mission. He says, “I wanted to create awareness for the Kids and Hope effort. I wanted to see if people knew about homeless children and people in the area…and 99 percent of the people I talked to had no idea.”

Supporters of the Kids and Hope mission lent a hand as well to Guiney’s endeavor, collectively donating $3,100 to the organization, all of which directly benefits homeless children and their families. Still, that number falls far from Guiney’s initial aim of $10,000. And while he reflects disappointment at the underwhelming response to his “300 in 30” event, he remains optimistic about the future of Kids and Hope. One of his ultimate goals is to open a wellness center for the people served by the organization. He envisions, he says, “a place for children and families to go and stay that feels safe and can supply them with the things they need. People need a place of connection…a place to feel complete.”

Guiney asserts that there are ways other than monetary donations that interested supporters can help the organization. Foremost is spreading the word about the dearth of local affordable housing and the prevalence of homelessness, as well as donating specific items to Kids and Hope; the organization’s website, www.kidsandhope.org, includes an Items Needed page, which includes essentials like food, water and backpacks with school supplies. To learn more about the organization, as well as track the progress of Guiney’s newest mission – walking from Newport News, Virginia back to Wayne – check out the website. 

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