See What Life Is Like for A Low-Income Family During the Poverty Walk Experience
There is an old saying that goes, “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” That’s why The SUCCESS Project and HDGHA invite the leaders of local businesses, churches and other organizations to step into the shoes of a low-income person during our “Poverty Walk” on April 26th.
In this real-life simulation, participants will assume the identity of an actual person and using that individual’s particular set of skills and circumstances, try to navigate the maze of obstacles that exist as they seek resources to improve their situation.
It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s essential to show the many challenges and difficult choices that our clients face every day. It is our goal and hope that this experience inspires community leaders to step forward and become HDGHA partners and lend their assistance to help neighbors in need… a need that is greater than ever in 2016.
Cuts in federal subsidies have made it increasingly difficult for HDGHA to continue providing affordable housing and support programs to low income families, which in Harford County is now defined as a family of four earning $65,000 a year.
Please consider joining the Poverty Walk to see how YOUR business service, volunteer efforts or donations can make a difference.
ServeFest at Somerset Manor
Saturday, April 23
8:00 a.m. to Noon
101 Stansbury Court, Havre de Grace
Click here to register
ServeFest is a day when churches partner to serve their communities in practical and meaningful ways. The event began as separate events held at churches in Howard, Anne Arundel, and Harford counties, but has grown each year and now brings together over 4,000 people and 120 churches across five counties and Baltimore City.
HDGHA’s Beautification Day is a ServeFest Project again this year. We need 40 volunteers to work together beautifying the Somerset Manor neighborhood by raking, leaf blowing, curb painting, mulching, and planting bushes.
For more information, contact Project Manager Jan Headen: email@example.com
or click here to sign up online
Mary Slade has volunteered in the HDGHA community for the last seven years and is known as the “Resource Queen.” Her roots in service began at Mountain Christian Church where she was a “super volunteer,” and led ministries such as Body Builders, Second Saturday Serve, ServeFest, and Disaster Relief among others.
Mary joined the HDGHA Program Coordinating Committee this past January and became a Board member in February. She has already stepped up to the plate by volunteering for many upcoming events; and Somerset Manor residents and HDGHA staff are grateful to have the opportunity to work even more closely with her.
Outside of HDGHA, Mary works at the Harford Community Action Agency as an employment and education assistant case worker. In that role she provides resume and cover letter assistance and conducts mock interviews and serves as a pre-GED and GED advisor.