28 Days — 28,000 Pairs of Shoes

Three organizations work together to bring life’s basic necessities to local, global communities

Community Living’s Support Services for Adults program acquired a volunteer job last year with Shoes & Hope, a non-profit organization collecting new and used shoes to help bring clean water and life’s basic necessities to both local and global communities.

The participants at the four Support Services for Adults’ centers help sort, pair and count shoes in the comfort of their center. “Once the shoes are sorted and bagged by our friends at Community Living, we store them until we have 20,000 pairs of shoes,” Christy Weber, founder of Shoes & Hope, said. At that point, the shoes are paid for by the pound through an exporter. The money received is used for community development to bring clean water to communities.

The participants have been keeping busy with the shoes coming in and soon they will be inundated with shoes. At least that is the hope! The Vision St. Charles County Leadership class of 2017 needs your unwanted shoes. The program is asking the St. Charles County community to donate 28,000 pairs of shoes in 28 days to Shoes & Hope.

The Vision program this year, comprised of 27 participants with varying vocations in St. Charles County, selected Shoes & Hope as its class project beneficiary because of the organization’s locality in Cottleville, and its connections to Community Living. “It’s an opportunity to increase the community’s knowledge of all three organizations (Shoes & Hope, Community Living and Vision St. Charles County Leadership), plus it provides meaningful work for the participants in Community Living’s Support Services for Adults program,” Sheri Wiltse, Chief Program Officer at Community Living and member of Vision Leadership 2017, said.

Any and all unwanted gently used pair of shoes will go towards the mission of Shoes & Hope. There are currently 20 shoe drop locations throughout the metropolitan St. Louis area. Community Living has a box at each of the following locations:

    • Administration Building, 1040 St. Peters Howell Road in St. Peters
    • Mahon & Lonning Centers, 100/102 Lee Ann Court in St. Charles
    • Clever & Wilson Centers, 1056/1058 Rondale Court in Dardenne Prairie
    • Family Center, 107 Sheriff Deirker Court, O’Fallon, MO 63366

If you have shoes to donate, you may drop them off at any of the above drop off locations. For more information on Shoes & Hope, go to www.shoesandhope.org. For more information on Vision St. Charles County Leadership, go to www.visionleadership.org.

Community Living’s Support Services for Adults participants are always looking for new volunteer opportunities in the community or at the centers. If you are associated with a non-profit/service organization and have a volunteer job for us, call 636-970-2800.