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Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council’s Mall Walk for the Homeless
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.
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.