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About adambrok

My name is Adam Brok. I am a recent graduate of DePauw University, a small liberal arts school in Greencastle, IN, where I was a Philosophy major and Jewish Studies minor. I am also a proud Pittsburgher. I come from a family and environment where helping people in need was just what you did. If you came across a friend, neighbor, or even a complete stranger that was in need of help, you stopped and did what you could to help. It was just as simple as that. As I grew and moved on to college I continued to help where I could. I volunteered as a student friend at a local elementary school where I served as a mentor and tutor to a kindergartner named Jordan and worked with a local church to help run their non-food pantry (where we supplied members of the community on food stamps with essentials like soap, toothpaste, detergent, etc, that cannot be purchased with food stamps). During the summers after my sophomore and junior years respectfully, I volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh Legal Clinic and The Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigration Assistance Center. I also was fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the spring semester of my junior year in Philadelphia where I was a social work/legal intern in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. It was during this semester in Philadelphia that I became really passionate about the issues of hunger and homelessness. It was impossible to walk around downtown Philly for more than ten minutes without seeing someone laying on the sidewalk or sitting in dirty clothes on a park bench asking for food and money. It was a scene I just couldn't get comfortable with seeing. Here I was a young college student without much money of my own, yet I had an apartment I slept in each night and food to wake up to each morning. Why should I be so fortunate and not the guy that slept on the sewer grate every night down the block from my bare, but warm apartment. That is when I decided that I needed to something, something much more and much greater than what I had done in the past. Being an avid exerciser and enjoying taking on physical challenges, I decided that I would walk from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to raise money and awareness for the hungry and homeless.

The End is Just a New Beginning

I apologize for not posting a message sooner but it’s been a pretty hectic couple of days. I finished my walk on Wednesday at the Women of Change shelter right on schedule. I received an incredibly warm welcome from a … Continue reading

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Coming Down The Home Stretch

I’ll be leaving fairly shortly to begin walking for the day but wanted to try and post a little something because I’ve been kind of slow to put up new posts (I need to do some catching up in the journal … Continue reading

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One Week To Go

Now that the end is in sight I’m not quite sure how to feel. I’m definitely excited to get to Philly and complete the walk but there’s a lot of things I’m going to miss about being on my walk, … Continue reading

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Past Half-Way Mark

I am overjoyed to be writing to you from just one days walk outside of Harrisburg. It’s been two weeks and a day(13 days of actual walking) and over 240 miles since I’ve left Pittsburgh. In that time I’ve met so many wonderful … Continue reading

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Greetings From Cresson

It’s the end of day 5 and I’ve been relaxing and enjoying the overwhelming hospitality and generousity of Sister Nancy and  everyone else at Mount Aloysius College. I’m not sure about the Aloysius part yet but MOUNT is definitely a very fitting … Continue reading

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Day One Done

Today was a pretty awesome day. The walk definitely got off to a great start. My day began at 4:40am (I like to talk a walk a stretch a little before breakfast). After making sure everything was set to go … Continue reading

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New End Location Confirmed

I forgot to mention that I have confirmed the new location for the end of my walk(since I couldn’t get a permit for Love Park): The Women of Change Shelter at 2042 Arch Street in Philadelphia. This shelter works with … Continue reading

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