The public is invited to join NMC students and Goodwill Northern Michigan on the 8th Annual Walk for Health and Housing, a guided tour of downtown Traverse City from the perspective of people experiencing homelessness and the providers who serve them, departing from NMC’s Great Lakes campus parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The walk is a part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, happening Nov. 11–19, and brings together students and community partners to raise awareness about the increasing affordability crisis in Northwest Michigan. Lasting about two hours, the guided walk through downtown Traverse City illuminates the problems of food insecurity and homelessness. Along the route, participants will stop to hear stories from service providers about their efforts to mitigate these problems in the region. 

The walk is an example of Experiential Learning (EL) at NMC. EL actively engages learners through relevant and ongoing experiences, critical problem solving and reflective practices, bringing us closer to the content, issues and problems of coursework. 

Community partners include the organization National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Goodwill NM, Northern Michigan Supportive Housing, Jubilee House, Housing North, Central United Methodist Breakfast program, Food Rescue of Northern Michigan, Traverse City Police Department, Safe Harbor and the Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness.

As this is intended for our entire community, please feel free to invite family and friends. 

NMC’s Great Lakes Campus is located at 715 E. Front St., Traverse City.