Square One Community Inc. Moose Jaw is calling on the community, asking you to join them on their Walk for Warmth on Mar. 9.
Their first-ever Walk for Warmth is in support of raising funds for a women’s emergency shelter and continuing the operation of a warming shelter to help those who have been displaced within the city.
“We have folks who every night is without a house, home, bed, and a place to sleep and we need to change that,” says Square One chairperson, Della Ferguson. “We are asking the community to come forward and help us with this effort.”
The event will run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Mar. 9 and will begin on the steps of the Zion United Church (423 Main St N), continue around Crescent Park and ends at St. Aidan Parish Hall (124 1 Ave NE).
Along the way, the walk will make a stop at St. Andrew’s United Church (60 Athabasca St E) and have a memorial service to honour the city’s most vulnerable population and the lives that have been lost.
Ferguson says that this specific route and walk were chosen to give those attending perspective on what Moose Jaw’s most vulnerable encounter every day.
“By us in solidarity, on the street, and in the cold, it brings us together and it moves us forward. We’re walking the periphery of Crescent Park because the centre of our community is exactly where folks are walking and seeking warmth and shelter. It’s an effort to parallel on some level,” adds Ferguson.
“We chose the locations because not only is that where folks are navigating but it’s also that those churches have stepped into the circle of support in offering warm meals and we’re so grateful for what they’re doing.”
At the end of the event, there will be a Walk for Warmth Windup that will include a short program, hot drinks and snacks and a surprise performance.
The Walk for Warmth will also give the city’s displaced individuals an opportunity to connect with local agencies such as Mental Health and Addictions, Riverside Mission/Souls Harbour, Social Services, John Howard My Place Program, and other support agencies in the community.
Square One is asking adults, youth, the church community, businesses, organizations, sports teams, dance groups, and everyone in between to make a pledge and support the Walk for Warmth.