The song, Walk A Mile in My Shoes, written in 1969 by Joe South, later made famous by Elvis Presley, spoke of the need to see the world through each other’s eyes, during a turbulent period in our nation’s history.
Since that time, the phrase has taken on a host of meanings, not the least of which is the call for us to understand the plight of those less fortunate than us.
Each year the Elgin Wayside Center holds the Walk-A-Mile fundraiser in the middle of February, to help those more fortunate to identify with what the homeless experience on a daily basis. The 1.5 mile trek through the streets of Aurora seeks to bring awareness to the Center’s message of hope and healing to the lost, homeless and hurting.
Inspiring The Next Right Step
And, while guests may come to the Center for food, clothing, and laundry – they receive much more! Since 1993, the Elgin Wayside Center has been transforming the lives of the hurting and needy, with the help of many faithful volunteers.
The Wayside Center helps over 200 individuals every month with practical, life-altering services. As a daytime shelter, the Center operates a job skills program, life skills classes, a job liaison program and one-on-one mentoring relationships while providing lockers, showers, laundry services, meals, two daily Bible studies and personal motivational case management.
A&A Walks With You
Members of the A&A Paving team participated in the 2017, 9th annual walk, raising funds and awareness for this incredible cause, gathering with other volunteers after the walk at an open house to celebrate the fellowship of service and faith.
Operated by Wayside Cross Ministries, the Wayside Center is always on the lookout for caring, compassionate people. There are many ways to help the ministries, including volunteering, donations and business opportunities here.