Jurita Pupella, the co-chair for St. Vincent de Paul’s second annual Friends of the Poor Walk will be participating in the event on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Lake Merced.
What prompted the creation of the Friends of the Poor Walk? The Friends of the Poor Walk was begun to help create a spirit of community involvement and energy while providing services for The City’s homeless population, as well as to the working poor.
How many walkers participated last year? We had around 200 walkers last year, and this year we are hoping to double that — it is not too late to register! You can register the day of.
What are some changes to this year’s event from last year’s inaugural walk? This year we anticipate not only having more walkers, but also more of The City’s youth. Sacred Heart Cathedral Youth are volunteering at four stations located around Lake Merced to encourage the dedicated walkers and to keep everyone on pace and excited about the great cause they are involved in.
What do the proceeds go toward? Money raised at the local level will be credited and used at local neighborhoods in San Francisco in direct service to the poor through walkers’ solicitation of pledges.
What is the mission of St. Vincent de Paul? The mission of St. Vincent de Paul is to embrace the world in a vision of charity. To serve in hope, which means to never lose faith.