UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The Rockford woman who walked more than 900 miles to Washington D.C. to tackle poverty says she’s ready to continue her mission one step at a time.
Now that she’s back in the Stateline, Lou Ness says she’s a different person after her 81-day journey, walking to our nation’s capital. She travelled through parts of Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Ness spoke with a few lawmakers in D.C. saying through her journey she believes her voice was heard.
"It made it difference to me, people said it made a difference for them that i stopped and listened that I encouraged their hearts, that I brought energy and spirit to their churches or communities that i affirmed the work they were doing,” Ness said.
Ness says when she got to D.C. she was given a proclamation by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Congressman Randy Hultgren.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A Rockford homeless program is trying to catch legislators’ attention by walking.
It’s part of a 750-mile March from Rockford to Washington D.C. Lou Ness, the executive director for Shelter Care Ministries started the trip today. Rockford’s mayor along with a choir and drum line sent off Ness as she started her mission.
"The group is gaining or picking up the awareness for poverty issues, how to address it. It's an ongoing debate but we know it has to be addressed; otherwise, it will destroy this country,” said Former Director Robert Parker.
Ness expects to get to Washington D.C. by June 1st.