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"Walk of Faith" Steps Out September 23


Walkers of all ages and their dogs will be stepping out on behalf of Faith in Action at the Walk of Faith on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at 3 p.m. Featuring a “Black Tie & ‘Tails’” theme, this fun-filled walk in support of the respite care ministry starts at Tillamook County General Hospital. Along the new walking route at the 9th Street Park, a water break and blessing of the canine walkers will be featured. Back at the hospital, a reception ends the walk.

Each year the walk also honors an individual or family that has experienced the challenges and rewards of care giving. This year’s honoree is Dorothy Churchill, who was first helped at home by a Faith in Action volunteer who assisted her with special exercises while she recovered from a stroke. Now, Dorothy is a regular guest at the Wellspring Respite Day Center program where she enjoys the activities and being pampered with love by the volunteers.

Walk of Faith is for everyone, from babies in stroller to families and groups to individuals in wheelchairs. Family dogs are welcomed to participate, as they are great companions and often caregivers, too. Festivities and awards will include honoring of caregivers – human and canine – as well as awards for the best-behaved dogs. The first 20 dogs will receive a special “doggie bag” filled with treats donated by local businesses and individuals.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration fees: Children under 12 years $5; dogs (leash required) $5; individuals $10; families, including the dog $25; groups of 10+ for $100. There is no charge for participants in strollers or wheelchairs and their attendants.

In the course of a lifetime, nearly everyone will find themselves providing some form of physical or emotional care to a friend or family member. Respite care gives the weary caregiver “time off” for personal time and energy renewal. Faith in Action offers respite care through in-home services and Wellspring respite day centers located at churches around Tillamook County.

Volunteers offer hope, support, and friendship to the frail and elderly and people of all ages who battle chronic illness, mental illness, and disabilities through: in-home respite care, friendly visiting, house work, yard work, and minor home repairs. Faith in Action also operates Wellspring, an adult respite day care center that offers an affordable “day away” for caregivers 8 days per month at various Tillamook churches.