Eau Claire (WQOW) – On Saturday in Eau Claire, almost 200 people put on their hiking shoes for the 15th annual Hike For the Homeless.
The purpose of this family-friendly event is to raise awareness and support for homeless families in the Chippewa Valley. Participants proudly hiked 2/12 miles that started at Phoenix Park.
Funds raised will support Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley and the Beacon House. These programs offer jobs, rental assistance and other programs for families with unique needs.
“I do what I do because I care about people. I think housing is a right not a reward, particularly when working with kids. Every family should have a place to stay every child should have a place to call home,” said Kelly Christianson, executive director of Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley.
Amy Ripley, one of the participators, told News 18 that over 25 years ago she was homeless with her two kids. Ripley said it was a struggle to find a home for her two children, but she has advice for people who are in a similar situation she once was.
“Alright first off all hold your head up and don’t be afraid to ask for help, there are plenty agencies to help. The Beacon House is a good place, there are churches that will help you and most of all don’t feel like you are in this alone, because you are not,” said Ripley.
WQOW is a proud sponsor of the event.