A seven-day walk across Cape Cod came to a big finish in Falmouth, where HAC staffers and supporters joined a group that spent a week walking for those in need of housing.
HAC was one of 12 Cape Cod housing agencies that benefited from the walk. For its 20th anniversary, the event was renamed the Bob Murray Housing With Love Walk, in honor of the man who started the walk. For many years, Murray walked every step of the route. Because of foot problems, Murray served a support role this year, but his commitment is as resolute as ever.
“It’s a critical component to a family – to all of us – to have a place to live in and afford,” Murray said. “If you help one or two people, you’ve made a difference, and who knows what the ripple effect will be?”
Before the walk started in Provincetown on July 9, Father John Rice, one of seven people to walk the entire route, wrote to friends and asked for their support.
“Once again (for the seventh year) I will be walking the Cape to raise awareness for the homeless on our beautiful sandbar,” he wrote.
“Yesterday, standing in the offices of Housing Assistance Corporation, I listened to a young, unemployed man, who was desperate to move his family out of their automobile and into safe and secure quarters. He could have been me 50 years ago, but for the concern and care others sent my way back then.
“So these 71-year-old legs and feet try to move forward that same spirit of support and assistance. I’ll walk for the fixed-income seniors, the sick and lonely, the young unemployed, the invisible needy – and I’ll walk for you, those who also know and care in these times.”
Another seven-day walker, Laurie Sexton, used a vacation week to participate in the walk. “The friendships are something we’ll all remember,” she said.
There’s still time to contribute to HAC’s Housing With Love Walk effort. Visit www.WalkforHAC.org to donate online. For more information, contact Deanna Bussiere at 508-771-5400, ext. 270, or dbussiere@HAConCapeCod.org.