Walk in Their Shoes D.C.
On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, Walk in Their Shoes (WITS) brought a human face to the transportation issues confronting low-income families in the Washington D.C. metro area.
Shadowed by Washington-area leaders, five VFC recipients temporarily resumed their former lives, commuting to work and taking their kids to daycare —using only public transit. The participants traveled across Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. Along the way, they discussed the difficulties of living without a car and how it has affected their employment and earning ability. Dave Marsden (Virginia Senator D-37), Nicky Goren (President,Washington Area Women’s Foundation), Lauren Lawson-Zilai (PR Director, Goodwill International), Tammy Darvish (Vice President, DARCARS) and John Kane (CEO, Kane Company) followed VFC recipients on their morning route.
Afterwards, morning participants regrouped for lunch at the Capital Visitors Center and shared their experiences with the group. A mother of four from Prince George’s County spoke at the reception and described how difficult it was to travel to work and care for her children without a car.
See WAMU’s coverage of the event.
In October of 2011, Vehicles for Change brought Walk In Their Shoes to Baltimore. Read about the event.