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Local youth groups take ‘a walk in homeless shoes’

Jessica Courtright

Contributing Writer

Family Promise of Barry County will host a youth group event on the Barry County Courthouse lawn Saturday, Sept. 14, to raise awareness and encourage empathy for individuals experiencing homelessness.

The event is called “A Walk in Homeless Shoes.” Martha Gibbons, director of Family Promise Barry County, said the event is “targeted towards youth groups. It’s a hands-on educational event to promote awareness and build empathy for people living in homeless situations.”

From 6 p.m. to midnight, teens will participate in various activities to see what it is like to be homeless. Currently, 36 teens from six local churches are signed up to participate. Teens will learn about homelessness by participating in various exercises simulating the experiences often faced by homeless individuals.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to email mgibbons@familypromisebarrycounty.

More information about Family Promise is available at

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