2015 Mall Walk

2015 Mall Walk for the Homeless

 

Everyone can help . . .from 2 months to 102 years old. Just wear comfortable shoes and make arrangements to carry infants and have small children put in a stroller or wagon.

 

Follow the yellow balloons to the registration area in the main entrance on the east side (Macy’s side).

Registration and entertainment begin at 1:30.

 

The official walk start will be at 2:30 PM on Sunday, February 22ND . You can also start your walk anytime after 2:30, but no later than 3:30.

Special entertainment includes

The Phillie Phanatic

The Harmony Show Choir

Kapo’s Clown Gang

and

Face Painting

 

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council’s Mall Walk for the Homeless 

Details: 

WHO:             Anyone who cares about helping homeless men, women, and children are invited to

WHAT:           IHOC’s Annual Mall Walk for the Homeless

WHEN:           Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1:30 PM registration 2:30 PM walk begins

WHERE:         Voorhees Town Center (formerly the Echelon Mall) Voorhees, New Jersey

VOORHEES—On Sunday, February 20, 2015, at 1:30 PM, hundreds of participants will be registering and then strutting inside the Voorhees Town Center (formerly Echelon Mall) in support of the Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council’s (IHOC’s) Mall Walk for the Homeless.

One of IHOC’s unique programs is the Homeless Hospitality Network.  The Network is a 24 hour program whereby churches and synagogues share in sheltering homeless men, provide three meals a day, and have volunteers connect to the homeless men by offering caring conversation.  Along with help from IHOC’s Case Manager, the homeless men also design their own action plan.  This plan helps to guide each participant as he strives toward self-sufficiency.

The Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council is looking to raise $25,000 to provide specialized job counseling and life skills education for the more than 50 homeless men who will be participating in IHOC’s Homeless Hospitality Network.  In these difficult financial times, the funds raised are especially important so that IHOC can help get the homeless men back on their feet.

The Mall Walk participants will be walking a half mile course within the Voorhees T own Center.  Each time the participants cross the end line they will be working towards special prizes.  Prizes will be awarded for the volunteers who cross the finish line 2, 3, or 4 times.  Additionally, prizes will be awarded for anyone who raises $100 for IHOC and for the person who raises the most money.

The Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council (IHOC) has been making a difference in the lives of Camden County’s homeless men, women, and children for over 16 years as a non-profit organization that brings together the volunteer strength of more than 40 churches, synagogues, and congregations and hundreds of individuals.

One of IHOC’s unique programs is the Homeless Hospitality Network.  The Network is a 24 hour program whereby churches and synagogues share in sheltering homeless men, provide three meals a day, and have volunteers connect to the homeless men by offering caring conversation.  Along with help from IHOC’s Case Manage, the homeless men also designing their own action plan.  This plan helps to guide each participant as he strives toward self-sufficiency.

This year, eleven men who are participating in the Hospitality Network want to show their appreciation by helping IHOC with its MALL WALK for the HOMELESS.  The homeless men are helping with getting the word to almost 1,000 IHOC supporters about the up-coming MALL WALK.  The homeless men realize that funds that are raised during the MALL WALK will be directed towards the Network’s counseling and life skills component and for the transportation of the homeless men to the different congregations which participate in the Network.

By helping with the mailing, the homeless men are recognizing IHOC and it many volunteers for all of their efforts to help homeless men become self-sufficient.

The Mall Walk participants will be walking a half mile course within the VoorheesTownCenter.  Each time the participants cross the end line they will be working towards special prizes.  Prizes will be awarded for the volunteers who cross the finish line 2, 3, or 4 times.  Additionally, prizes will be awarded for anyone who raises $100 for IHOC and for the person who raises the most money.After registering around 1:30 PM for the Mall Walk, the walkers will be treated to the vibrant sounds of the Mainstage’s Harmony Show Choir.  Everyone will want to listen to Harmony Show Choir while visiting tables about social services and other faith-based organizations.  Plus, there will be face painters and Kapo’s Gang clowns to entertain the walkers.  At 2:30 PM, the Mall Walk sponsors, local clergy, and the Phillie Phanatic, will start the 2015 Mall Walk for the Homeless.  During the Walk, there will be more music and entertainment.For more information about IHOC’s Mall Walk for the Homeless contact Rhoda Wus at (856) 939-0182 or e-mail her at ihoc_info@aol.com
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