Walk In Their Shoes Program

Can you imagine what life would be like without a car? Walk In Their Shoes, a program of Vehicles for Change gives government and business leaders a chance to experience it first-hand, educating them about transportation’s economic and social impact on low-income families.

Participants spend a morning shadowing Vehicles for Change car recipients, who temporarily resume their former, car-less lives. Together, participants and VFC families use only public transit to perform essential tasks, such as commuting to the recipient’s workplace, taking their kids to daycare and going grocery shopping. Along the way, recipients describe the difficulties of living without a car and how, prior to receiving one from VFC, it affected their employment and earning ability.

Walk In Their Shoes - Baltimore

The first Walk In Their Shoes event took place in Baltimore on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, with Del. James Malone, chair, Maryland House of Delegates transportation subcommittee; LiLi Taylor, Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Employment Development; Steve Cole, human resources, Kaiser Permanente; Suzanne Fisher-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record; and Ken Harvey, former Washington Redskins linebacker.

After a morning with VFC recipients, participants shared their experiences and observations with 90 business and nonprofit leaders during a luncheon at OneMain Financial.

Watch WBAL’s coverage of the event and read a story from the Baltimore Sun.


Walk In Their Shoes – Washington 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. 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.

Afterward, morning participants regrouped for lunch at the Capital Visitors Center and shared their experiences with the group.

See WAMU's coverage of the event.