Saturday, April 9, 2016
SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR THE WEEKEND: HPD "STUFF A CRUISER WITH FOOTWEAR FOR THE HOMELESS"
A great effort by Officer Barrett and Officer Otero and all of those involved.
WEST HARTFORD, April 9-The goal Saturday is to stuff a Hartford Police cruiser with urgently needed shoes for homeless children and adults in Hartford. Taking place from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Fleet Feet, the event kicks off a new program to bring footwear and foot care to Hartford's homeless .
Called "Footwear with Care," it partners Fleet Feet of West Hartford http://www.fleetfeethartford.com/, the nonprofit Community Partners in Action http://www.cpa-ct.org/, the Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association http://www.cpma.org/, and Hartford Police Department. Though decent clothing is often available through charitable organizations,
footwear is not. And when it is, it's often in poor condition. Foot care, too is in short supply. "Footwear with Care" is aiming to change all
On Saturday, Fleet Feet is offering to donate a new pair of shoes for every $25 donated to the program. "Like new" donations of children and
adult shoes also will be accepted.
"Footwear with Care" was inspired by Hartford police officer, Jim Barrett, an Iraqi War veteran and advocate for the city's homeless. Moved by a homeless vet, whose only shoes were a pair of disintegrating flips-flops, Officer Barrett bought him some new sneakers. He will be at Saturday's event.
Homeless children and adults are referred by Hartford police officers, directors of homeless shelters, and Community Partners in Action through its work with individuals recently reintegrated into the community and the
Community Service Program that it operates at Hartford Community Court.
Community Partners in Action administers the program, getting and fitting donated shoes to children and adults. Though Saturday is the program's formal launch, it has been operating since February, putting 80 pairs of shoes and boots onto the feet of our most vulnerable population.
As part of the program, the Connecticut podiatry association is also holding foot screening clinics; its first is April 23 at Holy Trinity Church in Hartford. Participants also will receive new shoes, socks and personal care items.
Others supporting the effort are Footprints of Newington, Mickey Finn's, REI, RisCassi & Davis, PC, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Asics, the North Face, Saucony, and New Balance.