Building empathy through walking a mile in someone else’s shoes
Supporters, staff, and volunteers of Domestic And Sexual Abuse Services (DASAS) will gather Saturday, August 20 to raise awareness and funds for survivors of abuse in Southwest Michigan.
The annual Walk a Mile in Their Shoes Rally returns to Lafayette Park in Three Rivers, and in addition to the in-person event, supporters can take part in a virtual walk once again this year.
“Every year we put on this event to help raise funds to support our shelter and our services,” Co-Executive Director Deborah Hackworth says. “We’re always so happy to see the support for survivors of abuse in our community. Whether you join us in person or you walk on your own and share the experience in social media, we see you and we appreciate you.”
Walk a Mile in Their Shoes helps fund the mission of DASAS by funding the emergency shelter needs and operating budget. The typical turnout and sponsorships bring in $12,000, which helps round out the year for DASAS and the shelter.
“This event holds a special place in my heart,” current Board President Dan Moyle says. “Walk a Mile was the first event I attended and had the chance to meet amazing volunteers, staff and board members. It’s where I heard my first survivor story. And it’s how I became a serious supporter and eventual board member. I’d love to see the community come out and support our mission.”
ABOUT DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL ABUSE SERVICES: Domestic And Sexual Abuse Services will lead efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault in southwest Michigan. DASAS will assist domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in clarifying their options, accessing community services that support personal choice, and will provide a safe place for survivors and their children.