Note: The City has delayed discussion of the Tent City issue. However, the Walk for Compassion is still going forward.
* * *OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE* * *
From The Office of Rev. Milford Lewis Griner
President & Social Justice Chairman
Alachua County Ministerial Alliance
Monday, July 16th, 2007
This press release is to announce that on Monday, July 23rd, 2007, a very significant event will take place in the heart of downtown Gainesville. "A Walk of Compassion For The Homeless" will take place, beginning at 11:30am at Lynch Park, located across from the Saint Francis House on south main street. From there, the walk will proceed north on main street along the sidewalk, but will not interfere with pedestrians in the area, and walkers will either walk single or double file while holding signs in support of the homeless. The walk will continue along main street, then turn onto University avenue until participants reach the courtyard outside of Gainesville city hall at approximately 12pm, where a brief gathering and rally in support of the homeless will take place. The entire event will be orderly and peaceful.
The walk will be led by Rev. Griner, who will be accompanied by local homeless advocates, Bob and Arupa Freeman, Pat Fitzpatrick, and others. Homeless persons will also join in the walk, as well as local Gainesville citizens and supporters of the homeless.
The goal of this event is to continue to highlight the ongoing plight of the homeless, especially in the face of possible city and county budget cuts which would adversely effect the local Office on Homelessness directed by Mr. Jon DeCarmine, as well as other services designed to help those who are homeless. The future of Tent City is still yet to be decided by local officials, and many important questions concerning the plight and the future of the homeless have not been discussed enough, and are also yet to be decided.
Any and all citizens are invited to join in this show of support for the homeless.
For more information and details concerning this event, Rev. Griner can be contacted at either 665-4066, 377-5022, or by e-mail at mlgriner@...
. Bob & Arupa Freeman can be contacted at 372-4825.