The St. Francis House had an inaugural Walk A Mile in their Shoes event today where participants walked with minimal shoes and clothes, and a backpack full of non-perishable food items, to get the experience homeless people go through. The walk started at the memorial for the homeless men, women, and children downtown and ended at the St. Francis House but the donations won't just go to the St. Francis House.
"The backpacks are not here just for St. Francis House.. they are here to help Bishop Dudley, some of the schools that have children that may not have a new backpack or a backpack at all. So we're here to help share our resources as well as educate the community on those most in need," said Julie Becker, Executive Director of the St. Francis House.
At the end a special statue was unveiled to show the powerful message of homelessness in the Sioux Falls community.
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