Parking Lot on Eugene O'Neill Drive, Eugene O'Neill Drive, New London, CT
noon-3 p.m., Southeastern Connecticut’s 10th Annual Walk to End Homelessness starts from the municipal parking lot on Eugene O’Neill Drive in New London. Registration begins at noon and the walk kicks off at 1 p.m.
Ben and Nancy Parent of the Rivergods will perform before the walk begins.
The 1.6-mile route follows easy terrain in downtown New London and the nearby Hempstead Street neighborhood. It passes several of the city’s community, cultural and historic landmarks, including the Little Pink House and Manwaring Hill, where patriots tried unsuccessfully to defend New London from Benedict Arnold’s troops in 1781.
Walkers will hear the stories of people who have been homeless, stop by HHC’s Vet House, and meet interpreters at the Hempsted Houses who will be portraying activists from the city’s earlier days.
Performances include the Raging Grannies (at the Hempsted Houses); Connecticut College’s Vox Cameli a cappella group at the entrance to the All Souls parking lot on Jay Street, and spoken word poets Viri Villalva-Salas, Juan Garcia and Verdi Degbey of Connecticut College at the junction of Blinman and Bank streets.
Walkers will finish at the Parade Plaza with a drumming circle organized by Doc Frazier, free ice cream and the opportunity to express their thoughts about what they’ve seen and heard during the day. Profiles of HHC’s shelter guests, created by Connecticut College student Mei Reffsin, will also be displayed there.
HHC, founded in 2006, provides hospitality and a bridge to permanent housing for adults experiencing homelessness in New London County. It will serve about 600 individuals from across the region this year.
The walk is organized by HHC and Connecticut College; the lead sponsors are the Waterford Group Charitable Foundation and Yale New Haven Heath/Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. All proceeds benefit HHC.
More information, including registration, is at www.nlhhc.org/walk. Walkers who raise the most support will win prizes from local businesses.