Compelled by the tragic death of his 22-year-old niece, Rachel Lynn Millhouse, who was killed last February by a drunk driver and a desire to “pay it forward,” Millhouse embarked upon his journey on August 3rd from his hometown of Missoula, Montana. His march has taken him through Montana, Idaho, Nevada and California where he has visited with dozens of organizations and individuals dedicated to creating and implementing successful programs for fighting homelessness. Money raised will go directly to organizations in the four states he traveled through.
Walking 1,460 miles (average miles a homeless person walks per year) without a support team at his side has been both rewarding and daunting. Millhouse has been pulling all of his gear and provisions (up to 80 lbs), on a travois (Dixon Rollerpack). Approximately 450 miles into his march, he developed a stress fracture in his left foot that eventually fractured. Against medical advice, he continued on through Nevada and while visiting a Veterans Affairs facility in Martinez, CA, the consulting VA doctor paid for a state of the art walking boot to protect his foot so that he could finish the 1,460-mile trek. Mr. Millhouse completed the 1,460+ miles on January 2, 2012, five months after leaving Missoula, MT.
Mr. Millhouse’s successful completion of the 1,460-mile march is not the end of the My One Man March project. He is currently living in the community and volunteering his time preparing and serving meals to the multitude of homeless people in Los Angeles. By marching his way from Missoula, MT to Los Angeles, CA, Mr. Millhouse has quite literally “walked the walk” and is now available to “talk the talk”. He will continue to volunteer his time helping homeless people in addition to continuing to work at achieving the three other M.O.M.M. goals: Spread awareness, increase volunteer participation and raise $1 million. He hopes to accomplish these goals by making presentations at service organizations, churches, schools, city council meetings, etc.
“Donation of money is important to sustain organizations committed to serving the poor and offering life changing opportunities to the homeless people. Giving your money directly to homeless people can feel like a guilt-ridden experience instead of a charitable act on your part. Additionally, you may fear that your generosity may result in feeding an addiction or enabling destructive individual behavior instead of being helpful. If you want to give money, please consider giving it to your local shelter, food bank or other organizations that serve homeless people in your community. More importantly, get involved by learning about your local shelter or food bank and commit to volunteering your time. Share what you learn with others and be ready to share your knowledge of local resources with homeless people in your community or neighborhood. Helping homeless people should be about more than just giving money it should be about connecting with a person in need, face to face, human to human. ”
Mr. Millhouse extends his heartfelt and humble thanks to all the donors, “Road Angels”, M.O.M.M. sponsors, family, supporters, The Going the Distance Foundation Board of Directors, the generous media attention, and for all the prayers.
About The Going the Distance Foundation
The Going the Distance Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in July 2011 by Stephen T. Millhouse. Headquartered in Missoula, Montana, our mission is to create and execute unique projects that raise awareness and funds for social justice issues. The My One Man March (MOMM) is the Foundation’s kick-off fundraising event, in which Stephen Millhouse is walking 1,460 miles — the average number of miles a homeless person walking in a year in search of food, shelter and healthcare services — from Missoula, MT to Los Angeles, CA in order to raise $1 million for successful and committed programs addressing hunger and homelessness in America. Money raised will be gifted back to identified programs in the four states through which Mr. Millhouse has walked (MT, ID, NV, and CA) and others through a granting process. Anyone wishing to donate or learn more about this cause can do so on the My One Man March website at http://myonemanmarch.org/
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Nonprofit organization that provides funding for programs intended to reduce homelessness and hunger.