The gathering spot was different this year, but that didn’t seem to matter as nearly 200 people turned out for the 40th annual Walk of Hope on Oct. 7.
“Because of construction at OLA/St. Joseph Center, we had to move the event to St. Augustine Church,” said Marilyn Scott, program director for the Diocese of Cleveland Disability Services & Ministries.
Walkers gathered beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the church hall to register, get a T-shirt and water bottle, enjoy donuts, coffee and conversation before heading out. There were people of all ages and abilities, families, couples, singles and even a few dogs participating.
“All are welcome,” Scott said.
A 2-mile walk through Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood drew about 100 participants, which Scott said was about the same as last year’s event.
Participants set off about 9 a.m. from the church on West 14th Street. Their route included Kenilworth Avenue, Starkweather Avenue , West 11th Street, University Road, West 10th Street, Professor and College avenues, before they looped around and returned to the church.
Walkers passed several historic landmarks in the Tremont neighborhood, including Lincoln Park Baths, the old firehouse, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Camp Cleveland, Lincoln Park, Merrick House and Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, in addition to St. Augustine Church. Scott said it’s a good way to enjoy the Tremont neighborhood.
The group gathered again in the church hall for entertainment, raffles and refreshments before a second special walk that included many of those who participate in Disability Services & Ministries’ programs.
“This event has turned into a ‘friend-raiser,’” Scott said. “It may not be one of the big races, but it’s a special group and it has become a community.”
Scott said she enjoys seeing people she knows from the different ministries and programs who come together for the event.
“It’s a good time. Everyone enjoys themselves,” she said.
For more information on Disability Services & Ministries and the programs offered, visit ccdocle.org/disability or call 216-334-2962.