What is the Walk of Love?
Started over 16 years ago by Papa Joe & Denise Bradford, the Walk of Love is the Elijah's Heart hunger relief program that unites hundreds of volunteers throughout the year to pack and deliver much needed necessities (food, personal hygiene items, diapers, wipes and more) door to door to thousands of the most impoverished and vulnerable children and families.
JOIN US EACH MONTH TO TAKE THE WALK OF LOVE TO
THOUSANDS OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE BELOW!
I. LARGE IMPOVERISHED INNER CITY COMMUNITIES
In many major cities in America, including Nashville, the State Housing Authorities house the largest communities of fatherless and at-risk children. In Nashville, the Housing Authority’s (MDHA) traditional Homes represent our city’s largest group of low-income homes.
There are five of these areas that are not yet in the process of revitalization. Through generous support and a united effort we have grown to serve all five through the Walk of Love Club:
Our home base is located in the heart of Tennessee’s largest poverty-stricken inner-city community of 801 homes at Napier-Sudekum. We are already planning 2022 Walk of Love giveaways to all five communities above, bringing much needed food and other aid to thousands of children and families and simultaneously bringing awareness to the incredible need in these areas.
Note that we also serve other areas needing aid, including rural areas. Expansion depends on the speed at which we grow the Walk of Love Club Sponsorship Program.
II. THE MOTEL HOMELESS
The Covid-19 crisis has created a higher percentage of homeless families with children temporary residing in motels due to evictions and simply having nowhere else to sleep safely. Members of our team saw dozens of these families when they took surprise Christmas gifts to children in three Nashville motels. The motel managers and staff were delighted to see mercy brought to their establishments.
It’s a challenge enough to earn the funds to make the motel payments, but food is always necessary. We are committed to serve this increasingly growing group of vulnerable children and parents.
III. OTHER PEOPLE IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 ECONOMIC CRISIS
People are hungry all over in this Covid-19 crisis. We show no discrimination to hungry people when giving food. Though we supply entire communities and the motel homeless with food and resources, we also obtain additional food for other people impacted by the Covid-19 economic crisis. If you have friends or family members in need of help, we give out extra food on site at the end of each Walk of Love giveaway or at a previously specified and scheduled location.
A MODEL FOR A NATIONWIDE WALK OF LOVE MOVEMENT!
Papa Joe's dream and desire is to inspire and train individuals, organization, churches, businesses, towns, and cities throughout America to form your very own Walk of Love movement in your area. Fill out the "Partnership Signup" form below to be a frequent supporter, volunteer group, or to be invited to attend spring online training classes to learn how to develop a Walk of Love program in your area. Over the years, Papa Joe has visited many states inspiring groups and organizations to transform their communities into safe zones of practical love for children. Click here to invite Papa Joe to speak at your organization, church, conference, television show, or event.