Hillcrest Walk for the Homeless

FORMER LOCAL HOMELESS HELP RAISE AWARENESS AT ANNUAL WALK MAY 17 Zona Rosa hosts 26th annual Hillcrest Walk for the Homeless

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – More than 80 families in Kansas City’s Northland who’ve struggled with poverty and homelessness have dramatically improved their situations in the past year, thanks to the services at Hillcrest Transitional Housing, a local non-profit dedicated to assisting homeless families and individuals become self-supportive. Their successes will be celebrated at the Hillcrest Walk for the Homeless and Hawaii 5K at Zona Rosa on Saturday, May 17.

The fundraising family event raises critical funds for local homeless in Kansas City through the assistance programming provided by Hillcrest. More than 800 walkers are expected to participate in the 1-mile walk and 5K walk/run this year. Now in its 26th year, the annual Hillcrest Walk for the Homeless is one of the longest consecutive walks in Kansas City.

“For three decades the programs at Hillcrest Transitional Housing have helped the homeless in our area move to self-sufficiency,” said Donice Yeater, director of Hillcrest-Platte County. “This uplifting event is a way to celebrate the program graduates who’ve done the work to successfully transition out of poverty and homelessness, and recognize the community that helps them meet this need.”

Hillcrest graduates will participate in the walk, including a recent graduate who will share her journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Other activities include a performance by the Park Hill School district 5th grade choir; Miss Zona Rosa will sign autographs, and members of the Kansas City Comets and FCKC soccer teams will make appearances at the celebration. KLOVE radio will broadcast from the event.

Registration for the Hillcrest Walk for the Homeless begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at Zona Rosa’s Town Square. Prior to that, walkers can register online at hillcrestkc.org (under “special events”). The 1-mile walk begins at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K walk/run begins at 8:15 a.m.

Participants are asked to make a pledge and/or fundraise to participate. Prizes will be awarded to walkers raising a minimum of $50 in pledges. There is no entry fee for the 1-mile walk. There is a $25 registration fee for the chip-timed 5K, which is open to walkers and runners of all ages.

Zona Rosa is an urban town center located at the northwest corner of I-29 and Barry Road in Kansas City North. For a list of current retailers or more information regarding events, visit www.zonarosa.com or call 816-587-8180.

Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers homeless families, singles & youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment. Unlike many organizations whose focus is one-time or emergency care, Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to self-sufficiency by addressing the total life situation of the homeless families and individuals they serve. The Hillcrest affiliates are each stand-alone non-profit 501c3 organizations, with five affiliate locations in the greater Kansas City Metro area –Platte, Buchanan, & Eastern Jackson Counties in Missouri and Wyandotte & Johnson Counties in Kansas – supported by their local communities and community service volunteers.

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