Pep Rally for Peace in the Streets (PRPIS) and the Chuck Brown Foundation was proud to host its 12th Annual Feed the Homeless Community Awareness Day and 5K Walk for the Homeless and Homeless Veterans. This years theme was serving our homeless veterans and heightening the awareness of our citys homeless youth and senior citizens in our Nations Capital and of the many resources that can be provided. Our countrys Veterans need those of us who enjoy the freedom of life to stand beside them as our youth need us to lead them. Let us join together hand and hand and change the face of homelessness today not tomorrow. For the above to happen, remember it takes a village.
The 5K Walk began 8am at East Potomac Park at Hains Point, located on Ohio Drive SW Washington, D.C. The walk circled Hains Point for 2 miles. and the last mile was from Hains Point to Freedom Plaza. The Community Awareness Day event took place on the grounds of Freedom Plaza provided entertainment and feeding of the homeless. We were honored to have for this year’s 5K Walk Grand Marshalls WJLA News Personality Julie Wright, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief of Police Diane Groomes, and the children of the late great Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown.
PRPIS is honored to host this event on our city’s historical Freedom Plaza, renamed from Resurrection City, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. It will represent an opportunity for us all to work toward freeing our city of this unwanted homeless plague that is continuously growing in these United States of America.
There was health screening, local vendors, informational booths, live entertainment of local and national talent, and assistance with providing vital information for those in attendance. We also had homeless organizations and speakers that was presented throughout the days event.
Pep Rally for Peace of the Streets extended an invitation to these city officials who could shed light on the state of homelessness in their jurisdiction and our city as whole: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Muriel Bowser, City council and At large city council members from all 8 wards, ANC commissioners, and other civic leaders, community activist, the Chuck Brown Foundation, and area media personalities.
Pep Rally for Peace in the Streets has hosted 11 annual events feeding the homeless. We find that not only does it feed the homeless by way of food nutrition but helps to feed minds to raise self-esteem.