Walk with the Homeless aimed to spread awareness of homeless experience in Victoria

The walk began in downtown Victoria and ended at Christ's Kitchen

VICTORIA, Texas – There are around 550 students experiencing homelessness in the Victoria school district and that’s not including those who aren’t enrolled in school, according to Bethany Castro, one of the organizers of the Walk with the Homeless event.

On Saturday, Walk with the Homeless, was aimed at spreading awareness of homelessness. According to last year’s homeless count figures there were well over 100 individuals who were unsheltered and 80 that were sheltered living in a transitional home or with family and friends.

“We’re basically marching to raise awareness for the homeless,” said Catherine Alstrom, a 12-year-old Victoria resident.

“And really we wanted to host this event to kind of show solidarity with those that are experiencing homelessness in our city,” Castro said. “This has been a really great collaboration between all of the area nonprofits so I just want to give those who are here and who are helping a great shoutout.”

The walk totaled 1.7 miles from downtown Victoria to Christ’s Kitchen located off of Warren Street and Navarro. Nonprofits part of the walk include Victoria Area Homeless Coalition, Mid-Coast Family Services, First United Methodist Church, Perpetual Help Home, Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry, Be Well Victoria, Gulf Bend Center, Victoria Transit, Texas Health and Human Services, 211 Texas, VISD Kidz Connection, Public Health and Christ’s Kitchen.