Everyone knows the old saying, “You can’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” This means before criticizing or judging someone, you must try to understand the things they may have experienced in life. The challenges. The struggles. The setbacks. In effect, this is a good practice to develop empathy and compassion or to simply remember that we are all people. At the PARC we purpose time to hear these stories and know the person behind those experiences, not just see the homelessness. the PARC is a place where everyone is welcomed, encouraged, and loved. We offer a daily opportunity to engage in a productive environment. Guided activities, lessons, and projects create an atmosphere where everyone can feel valued and respected as individuals. By establishing positive relationships, they begin to remember who they really are and become aware of life’s possibilities.
Those experiencing homelessness are often unseen. Their day-to-day existence becomes one of survival. At the PARC they are given back their name. At the PARC they realize they are capable. At the PARC the cycle of homelessness is broken and a sense of purpose is established. At the PARC lives are changed.
On July 13th we will take that old saying to the streets of downtown Amarillo. the PARC will be hosting an opportunity to run (or walk) the very same routes that a few of our members take every day. You will actually be able to walk a mile in their shoes!
Tesla's Route is 1.1 miles. Tesla travels this route to visit her trauma counselor a couple days a week. Tesla finds relief in walking this pathway because she is able to heal from past experiences.
Terry's Route is 2 miles. Terry travels this route to help manage his anxiety and depression. Terry has found relief from his anxiety and depression through the environment at the PARC and the resources available at other organizations along his path.
Chris' Route is a 5K. Chris travels this route to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ellwood Park. Chris also takes this path to visit resources along his path so that he can use computers and apply for jobs. There is a bus stop is along this path because Chris has to take the bus to travel out of downtown Amarillo, much like most of the members of the PARC.
Robert's Route is 4 miles. Robert Lee, the co-founder of the PARC, passed away in December 2017. This path consists of parts of Tesla, Terry, and Chris' routes.
Register today at localraces.com/theparc/sole4soul or in-person at the PARC!