By Tasion Kwamilele The Greater Richmond Interfaith Project (GRIP) is a non-profit multiracial organization in Richmond dedicated to providing services to the homeless and to raising community awareness about the needs of Richmond residents who are living on the streets. Established in 1960, GRIP continues to effectively provide necessary resources to impoverished residents of Richmond. The organization’s Soup Kitchen serves lunch 365 days a year, and its housing program provides 75 beds year round to families needing emergency shelter. GRIP is committed to giving people in need the help and the services they deserve. Recently GRIP hosted its signature fundraiser, the 24th Annual Harmony Walk To End Hunger, presented by Chevron. This year’s theme, “Roll, Walk, Run,” encouraged community residents off all backgrounds, ages and abilities to come out and support the cause. Each year, the 3.5-mile walk raises funds to support more than 15,000 homeless individuals and families. In addition to the walk, GRIP also put together a community fair to provide local residents with the needed resources and information about hunger and homelessness for the adults and provided activities for the children and the youth For more information about the Greater Richmond Interfaith Project or to donate or become involved in the fight to end hunger and homelessness, visit their website at www.gripcommunity.org or contact program director Kia Croom at (510) 233-2141.
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