On August 11th, Patrick Quinn, artist and Ph.D. researcher, will begin a walk across Illinois to raise funds and awareness for people experiencing homelessness in the state. His approximately 190-mile trek will start on the muddy banks of the Mississippi River in Rock Island, Illinois, and his journey will end a week later in downtown Chicago at Grant Park—a few blocks from Lake Michigan.
One of Quinn’s goals for the walk is to demonstrate how a humble act, such as walking, can influence social change—on both small and large scales. He views the walk as an opportunity to learn more about homelessness in Illinois, particularly from people living on the periphery of society. Quinn plans to stop at various shelters throughout the course of the walk, to meet people experiencing housing crisis, to hear and share their stories. His project is inspired by the 2001 walk across Illinois undertaken by the late Dr. Quentin Young and his father, former Governor Patrick Quinn, to promote the Bernardin Amendment, a proposed amendment aimed to establish healthcare as a fundamental right for all Illinois citizens.
Housing Forward is a grateful recipient of his fundraising efforts.
Follow his journey on Instagram: @ultracryp