Walk of Hope generates more than $15K for Catholic Charities

July 29, 2019 at 12:37 p.m.
Walk of Hope generates more than $15K for Catholic Charities
Walk of Hope generates more than $15K for Catholic Charities


The fourth annual Walk of Hope to support Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, boasted more than 100 participants the morning of Sept. 30, who came to show their solidarity with those in need throughout the Diocese’s four counties.

Photo Gallery: Walk of Hope

Held in Mercer County Park, West Windsor, the event helped to raise more than $15,000 – much-needed funds that will help the private, nonprofit organization to provide mental health, social and crisis services, and to reduce poverty and strengthen families.

Marlene Lao-Collins, executive director, began the walk by speaking about Catholic Charities’ 58 programs and the impact its services have in the community. Staff representatives were on site to educate attendees about program services, and “Did you know?” signage was posted along the 3.1 mile course the walkers journeyed.

“We’ve heard great feedback by those in attendance … the weather was perfect,” said Jennifer Leip, Catholic Charities’ development and marketing manager. Leip explained that a scheduling conflict pushed the normally spring walk to the fall date.

Live coverage of the Walk of Hope took place on WPST radio, which included prizes.

“All donations [from the walk] help Catholic Charities continue the mission of reducing poverty, promoting recovery and strengthening families,” Leip said. “Each year, more than 100,000 people come to us looking for help with basic needs – food, clothing and shelter; mental health and addiction services; counseling for children and families and domestic violence services… We provide trauma-informed, professional and compassionate services in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties to those in need, regardless of religious background.”

To learn more about Catholic Charities, visit www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org.

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The fourth annual Walk of Hope to support Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, boasted more than 100 participants the morning of Sept. 30, who came to show their solidarity with those in need throughout the Diocese’s four counties.

Photo Gallery: Walk of Hope

Held in Mercer County Park, West Windsor, the event helped to raise more than $15,000 – much-needed funds that will help the private, nonprofit organization to provide mental health, social and crisis services, and to reduce poverty and strengthen families.

Marlene Lao-Collins, executive director, began the walk by speaking about Catholic Charities’ 58 programs and the impact its services have in the community. Staff representatives were on site to educate attendees about program services, and “Did you know?” signage was posted along the 3.1 mile course the walkers journeyed.

“We’ve heard great feedback by those in attendance … the weather was perfect,” said Jennifer Leip, Catholic Charities’ development and marketing manager. Leip explained that a scheduling conflict pushed the normally spring walk to the fall date.

Live coverage of the Walk of Hope took place on WPST radio, which included prizes.

“All donations [from the walk] help Catholic Charities continue the mission of reducing poverty, promoting recovery and strengthening families,” Leip said. “Each year, more than 100,000 people come to us looking for help with basic needs – food, clothing and shelter; mental health and addiction services; counseling for children and families and domestic violence services… We provide trauma-informed, professional and compassionate services in Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties to those in need, regardless of religious background.”

To learn more about Catholic Charities, visit www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org.

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