New Chum Fundraiser Highlights Difficulties of Homelessness

Updated: May 01, 2019 10:05 AM

Chum Food Shelf in Duluth is putting on a brand new fundraiser this weekend.  It's called "Walk a Mile in These Shoes."

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The new event will help support Chum, while offering unique awareness and perspective for participants about what it's like to be homeless.  

Resources from around the community will be set up in tents at Leif Erikson Park and as participants walk around, they'll learn how important each resource is. 

"We're giving each person who comes a story and they're going to wear a button with that person's name on it, and they're going to go from table to table to figure out how to get all of their needs met, so to find all the resources that that particular story needs," Mary Schmitz, the Marketing and Special Events Director at Chum, said.

Schmitz said going through the process of getting the resources needed with help show participants just how difficult it is to be homeless.

"We hear on a regular basis that, 'Oh those people should just go get a job,' and it's very, very much more complicated than that," Schmitz said.  

After the walk, there will be a lunch of bread and soup and a bonfire with s'mores.  

The fundraiser is Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m with registration at 9 a.m.  People can sign up ahead of time at and collect donations for the cause.  Click here to sign-up.  You can also just show up on Saturday day to participate and learn more. 

They're hoping to raise $1500. 

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