Hopelessness in a community creates homelessness, substance abuse, physical abuse, crime escalation, workplace apathy and depression
The International School of Story has kicked off its 21-day HOPE Walk from Savannah, Ga., to Sarasota, Fla, with a HOPE Rally at the First African Baptist Church located at 23 Montgomery St. in Savannah on Sunday, August 14, at 3:30 p.m.
The 21-day journey began at sunrise at Isle of Hope Marina from 6-7 a.m. on the pavilion at 50 W. Bluff. Dr. on Monday, August 15th; the walk is being led by Emra Smith, founder and CEO of the International School of Story, along with HOPE Walk media and time management consultant, Kathy Burnsed. The two will walk from Savannah to Sarasota, covering approximately six to ten miles per day, until they reach their final destination in Florida.
The team will be sharing “HOPE” by offering free life coaching phone calls along the route, visiting homeless shelters, community centers, hospitals and speaking to many diverse groups of women (and some amazing men) throughout the 21-day journey. Their goal is to show how HOPE can be spread and encourage positive actions to help facilitate personal and community change.
Route: Georgia — Savannah, Tybee, Pembroke, Richmond Hill, Brunswick, St. Simons, Sea Island, Jekyll Island. Florida — Fernandina, Jacksonville, Ormond Beach, Gainesville, Ocala, Orlando, Kissimmee/ St Cloud, Winter Haven, Lakeland, Brandon, Tampa, Sarasota.