Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Worlds converge at St. Patrick Center's Walk a Mile in Our Shoes 5K

The lack of posts since the end of the Tour de France would be easy to attribute to a cycling hangover. Or to burnout or cynicism. The confessions of doping 15 years ago have come thick and fast, as have the subsequent firings. The scenario has played out so many times, so predictably, that the drama can leave one mentally and psychologically weary, in need of a break from what seems like a hopeless dilemma with no end in sight.

Instead, the reason for my absence is a happier one. I started a new job as communications specialist at St. Patrick Center. The organization moved in across the street from the Post-Dispatch more than two decades ago, and I have been an eye witness to the good deeds of the center in helping people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. I admired the center and its workers for their ability to improve lives -- to build permanent, positive change, as we say, or to be at the center of change --  while so many others mean to do good but get lost in the red tape and hopelessness.

I am humbled to join their ranks, to apply and adapt my skills in the hope that in some small way, I can further their mission.

So, it warms my heart to see my old and new worlds intersecting so quickly with Walk a Mile in Our Shoes, a 5K and 1-mile run/walk, 7:30 a.m. August 17 at Tower Grove Park. The event is  hosted by the center's Young Friends development board. The group wants to make this a family-friendly affair, so they encourage participants to bring family and pets.

The goal of the run is to raise awareness of affecting people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, the clients whom St. Patrick Center serves. Registration is $25 for ages 13 and older, $10 for ages 8-12. Fees increase on race day to $30 and $15, respectively on site, the Sons of Rest shelter.