Information courtesy of Emmaus House:
Join friends, neighbors and fellow community members as we don high heels and attempt to walk (or teeter) one mile through downtown Hollister to raise awareness about gender violence and help end sexual assault.
You can register as an individual or volunteer, join a team or create your own. Men, women, youth, and families are welcome!
Proceeds from the event benefit Emmaus House Domestic Violence Shelter and Community Solutions. Funds raised will help promote the safety and healing of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and provide vital community education to help end gender violence.
Why Walk A Mile?
There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you have walked a mile in their shoes.”
- Every 9 seconds in the United States a woman is beaten or assaulted. Walk to make a difference!
- Every 56 minutes someone is sexually assaulted in Califonia. Register to walk today – $56 for adults – because enough is enough!
- Every 10 seconds a child abuse report is made. Stand up against child abuse and register to walk today – $10 for kids (6-17).
Watch a feature video on the Emmas House organization below:
How to Help
How can I help?
There are several ways that corporations, individuals, and community groups can support Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
- Become an Official Sponsor of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2018! Please take the time to look at the 2018 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Sponsorship Packet . If you have questions, please contact Patrice Kuerschner [email protected]
- Organize a team of walkers. You can register for the walk at http://walkamilesanbenito.org/
- Create a fundraising team and invite all your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to support you on the walk! Prizes will be announced for: first team to cross finish line in heels, top individual fundraiser, top team fundraiser, and largest team, so don’t waste time – get started straight away!
- Promote the event to your colleagues, family and friends and encourage them to register for the walk or donate towards your team’s effort.
- Ladies – Become a ‘sister walker’ bring your own heels, show them how it is done!
- Become a Shoe sponsor. Diamond, Sapphire, Emerald and Ruby shoe sponsor ships available.
- Fundraising, now that you have signed-up get others to support the cause by sponsoring you to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes!
- Become a volunteer! We always need help before and on the day of the event. Please contact Patrice Kuerschner [email protected] or Erica Elliot [email protected]
- Make a monetary donation towards the event by visiting http://walkamilesanbenito.org
- Donate items that can be used for the raffle/auction.
- Donate gift certificates and other prizes to be used in the participant goody bags.
What is Walk a Mile in Her Shoes?
A fun, community event that supports the Emmaus House and Community Solutions programs in which where hundreds, and ultimately thousands, of men and women put on a pair of high-heeled shoes and walk through the streets of downtown Hollister in a light-hearted attempt to build awareness of the very serious issue of domestic violence and its negative impact on the community. Everyone is encouraged to participate, and although appreciated, it is not mandatory for participants to wear high heels.
Will High-heeled Shoes Be Provided?
High-heeled shoes will be provided to every registered participant. The shoes come in a variety of colors and styles. Participants are also encouraged to invest in their own pair.
When and where does the event take place?
This year the event will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Event check-in begins at 10:00 am and the walk will begin at 11:00 am. The Start and Finish of the Walk is on the City lot located at the corner of Fourth and San Benito Streets (400 San Benito St.)
What programs and services will my donation fund? Proceeds from Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will benefit the Emmaus House and Community Solutions Programs. All of the services provided by Emmaus House and Community solutions work to support the individual’s journey from victim to survivor to achiever. The programs include emergency shelter, a 24-Hour emergency hotline, sexual assault crisis response. Services include individual and group counseling, medical advocacy services, safety planning, children’s art therapies, financial literacy training, assistance in finding employment and housing, and resolving legal issues such as temporary restraining orders.