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The inaugural Walk A Mile in Our Shoes event was organized by local homeless advocates and featured speeches, as well as a 1.5-mile walk to show the lack of transportation options and bathrooms available to the homeless.
 
Original story in The Columbian
Published: November 2, 2019, 5:59am

Harney Heights — More than 100 advocates, service providers, community leaders and unhoused residents of Clark County came together in unity and support at an empathy-building event last month. The event was designed so people could reflect on what it’s like for the local unhoused population, showing a lack of transportation options and bathrooms available to the homeless. The event was organized by Adam Kravitz and Ren Autrey, founders of Outsiders Inn, a local nonprofit whose primary mission is advocacy, collaboration and support for the local unhoused population. The event, called Walk A Mile in Our Shoes, started with speeches and then about 70 people walked 1.5 miles carrying signs of hope and encouragement. When the walkers returned, many of the unhoused participants joined in for raffle prizes and free coffee supplied by Starbucks.