“Honk to Help the Homeless!” read the signs aimed at passing cars on MacArthur Boulevard on Oct. 27, and honk they did.
One young walker, among the 20 or so members of the Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, counted about 140 honks as the group walked from the church on Dunrobin Drive to the one-lane bridge that crosses into Glen Echo.
Though the group, ranging in age from toddlers to senior citizens, was small, the enthusiasm was great on the crisp autumn day, and the walkers raised $1,840 to donate to Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington.
“The response and enthusiasm for the walk has been so encouraging to our Samaritan Ministry family,” said Corey Whisman, spokeswoman for Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, a nonprofit that partners with 50 Episcopal churches in the region to help the homeless. “We are so grateful to everyone at Redeemer for walking with us to end homelessness in D.C.”
The proceeds from the walk will go to the Next Step program, which helps those experiencing or at risk of homelessness locate housing, employment and other basic needs.
The walk was one of 20 “Help the Homeless” events so far this campaign — not all of them walks. There was a Capitol Hill sweets bake-off, a chili cook-off, a Zumba class and more.
The walkers at Redeemer helped the campaign reach its goal of 1,000 “walkers,” Whisman said, and raised more than $31,000. Because the goal of 1,000 walkers was met, she said, the Fannie Mae Foundation is contributing $10,000.