Newark event to display 187 children’s shoes representing Newark homeless kids

A Newark nonprofit will display shoes at the Licking County Courthouse this weekend to represent the number of unsheltered in Licking County.

Between 10 am and 1 pm Saturday on the Newark downtown square, Newark Homeless Outreach and the Licking County chapter of Ohio CAN (Change Addiction Now) will host its annual Steps of Change event. The event serves as a fundraiser and a way to raise awareness of addiction and homelessness.

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According to Newark Homeless Outreach founder Trish Perry, the organization will display around 200 shoes to represent the unsheltered adult population in Licking County. They will also display 187 children’s shoes to represent the number of Newark City Schools students who are considered unsheltered.

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