Day One: Clouds To Sun (And Alumni)

The nineteenth Road For Hope is well underway, with our 45 students now off the road for the evening in Gray, Maine. The day began in Lewiston with a send-off from the Knights of Columbus under cloudy skies that quickly gave way to a sunny, hot, and humid afternoon. All are in good spirits, despite a few first-day blisters, and enjoyed an evening Mass, celebrated by Abbott Matthew who accompanied the group on their walk today.

Several Road For Hope, and Class of 2017 Saint Anselm College alumni were in Gray this afternoon to welcome the walkers to their final roadside rest-stop, before serving a taco dinner to the group. Katie Gemmell, Bradley Greenland, Kylee Granholm, Emily Provost, Meghan Healey, Kayla Patten and Maggie Lynch made the drive from across New England to offer their support. Alumna Jackie O'Donnell is supporting the walkers throughout the week as the on-walk nurse.

Road For Hope alumni visitA special dessert (homemade whoopie pies) were delivered by the family of Ally Smith '20, and enjoyed by all.

During the next eight days, participants will hear from representatives of the various agencies receiving donations from the Road For Hope. Tonight, the group heard from a representative of Birthline, a program of the Diocese of Portland. Birthline offers free, self-administered pregnancy testing, life-affirming alternatives to abortion, assistance finding resources, and emotional support so mothers can carry their babies to term with care, grace, and courage.

View photos from today's walk on Flickr, and check back Sunday evening for updates from the walkers in their own words!