Press Release Don't Walk by 2012 | Homelessness | Baptists

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“Don’t Walk By” Volunteers Canvass Every Block of Manhattan To Help Homeless During Winter’s Coldest Days
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   For Immediate Release Contact: James Winans212-684-2800 (ext. 104) / 973-634-0496media@bowery.org “Don’t Walk By” Volunteers Canvass Every Block of ManhattanTo Help Homeless During Winter’s Coldest Days Helping homeless to answer: “Where do I find help?”and helping all New Yorkers to answer: “How can I help the homeless?”On Saturday, February 4, 2012, 2:30-7:30pm, at Bethel Gospel Assembly Church (2-26East 120 th Street between 5 th and Madison Avenues) more than 300 volunteers will gatherto walk every block of Upper Manhattan as part of the four-week “Don’t Walk By”campaign. The goal is to offer every homeless person on the streets of Manhattan thechance to change their life.Volunteers will gather at 2:30pm for registration and training on specific ways to help thehomeless. From 4:30-7:30pm, teams of six volunteers each will hit the streets, preparedwith a map of their assigned area, as well as blankets and essential hygiene and winteritems. Volunteers will engage each homeless person they encounter and invite thatperson back to Bethel Church for a meal.At the church, other volunteers will offer additional services, such as clothing andprofessional medical care. In addition, representatives of various residential programswill invite guests to the opportunity of safe shelter for the night.Since January 2009, the “Don’t Walk By” campaign has mobilized more than 4,200volunteers who have engaged more than 3,200 homeless men, women and children on thestreets of Manhattan. Nearly 1,300 homeless individuals have returned to a church for ameal and other services, and more than 300 have left the streets that very night.Brian Johansson, Vice President of The Bowery Mission and one of the founding leadersof “Don’t Walk By,” says, “These volunteers and organizations are driven by a commongoal: To make sure that no one suffers on the streets of New York City in the winter, andto see that each person gets a chance for a new life.”Media are welcome to attend the training and to accompany street outreach teams.   Outreaches will continue each Saturday in February on the following schedule:Saturday, February 11 – West SideCalvary Baptist Church, 123 West 57 th Street, between 6 th and 7 th AvenuesSaturday, February 18 – DowntownOversea Chinese Mission Church, 154 Hester Street, at Elizabeth StreetSaturday, February 25 – East SideMadison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Avenue, at East 73 rd Street About Don’t Walk By “Don’t Walk By” is a cooperative effort of eight faith-based organizations: AmericanBible Society, Betel America, The Bowery Mission, Hope For New York, New York City Relief, New York City Rescue Mission, Street Life Ministries, and StreetlightMission. The strategy is based on the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan. The GoodSamaritan chose not to walk by a man who was in trouble on the side of the road, butinstead used his resources to get man to a place of community and help. By pooling theirresources, these eight organizations have mobilized this first-of-its-kind campaign forfour consecutive winters.###
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