I am really pleased with how things are coming together. Mara and the Food Bank have really given me a lot of hope and confidence as things move forward and I begin contacting different groups, businesses, individuals to donate. I will be speaking about the walk at different places in the upcoming weeks (Rodef Shalom, the Silver Sneakers group at my local YMCA, and hopefully other places too), which is why I really need to create a flyer, so I can give people something physical with all of the information they need about the walk that they can hold in their hands.
But the bigger challenge I am dealing with right now is finding places to stay along the way. I think I’ll be able to stay with family friends in Murrysville the first night. I will definitely be able to stay with family in Reading on the 20th and 21st, and they might be able to find me a place to stay on the 19th in Robesonia and on the 23th in Collegeville. And hopefully I’ll have a place to stay when I arrive in Philly. Other than that though I haven’t been able to secure any places to stay. That means I am still looking for places in Saltsburg (Aug 2nd), Black Lick (3rd) , Vintondale (4th), Cresson (5th), Holidaysburg(6th and 7th), Williamsburg (8th), Huntingdon (9th), Mt. Union/McConnelstown (10th), Tuscarora State Park (11th), Mifflintown (12th), Millerstown (13th and 14th), Duncannon (15th), Harrisburg (16th), Royalton (17th), Mt. Gretna (18th), and Conshohocken (24th).
I’ve spoken with a woman (Barb Stramaski) in Saltsburg who said she’ll check around. I have also contacted Pathway Shelter Home in Black Lick but they can’t guarantee me a bed. They suggested I contact Grace United Methodist Church. I left the pastor a message but haven’t heard back yet. I contacted Temple Beth Israel in Altoona/Holidaysburg today and the receptionist Jennifer said she would speak with the president to see if she knows of anyone willing to put me up.
So, if anyone knows anyone in any of these towns please let me know. I am just looking for a place to sleep and a little bit of food. I would not be much of a hassle at all I assure you. I’d arrive sometime in the evening (~7ish) and leave by 7 am. Please, PLEASE let me know if you can think of any places I might be able to stay in these towns.