|Patty Murray with her son Rory and granddaughter Kyahlaya on the last day of this year's walk.|
From outward appearances, it was a perfect mid-July Sunday morning with sunny skies and warm temperatures.
That is when a young man from Albany, New York, approached Harwich’s Richard Waystack, sitting on a park bench on Falmouth’s Main Street, asking for money. The man had come to Cape Cod this summer in the hopes of landing a job that never came to fruition.
On this day, he was simply hungry and homeless, living outdoors in a tent in Woods Hole that had been broken into the day before. So Waystack went to his car, returning with a little money for the stranger.
Not long after, Richard shared this story at the Falmouth Village Green with roughly three dozen volunteers who were participating in the final leg of the 23rd Annual Bob Murray Housing with Love Walk. “That’s why we do this,” Waystack said. “Homelessness doesn’t take a vacation on Cape Cod.”
The seven-day walk, which started in Provincetown and ended in Falmouth, helped raise funds for 11 Cape Cod nonprofits working to address the region’s housing issues. This year, HAC received just over $30,000 that will go directly to help those in need, whether they are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
While the event’s namesake, Bob Murray, passed away two years ago, his housing efforts continue. His daughter, Patty Murray of Harwich, reflected on that on the walk’s final day. “Just because the walk ends today doesn’t mean homelessness ends today,” she said, before departing on a 3.5 mile jaunt towards Woods Hole with her son Rory Stevens, 31, and her granddaughter Kyahlaya, 2, each talking small, incremental steps towards a better Cape Cod.