Generosity Abounds: Day 2 and 3

The past two days have brought the Road For Hope walkers from Gray to Waterboro, Maine! They have traveled over 34 miles since Sunday, bringing the total distance covered to 52 miles so far. Spirits remain high as the walkers chant through the miles, making it through two of the longest days of the week. Despite countless blisters and aching bodies from shouldering their packs, one message is clear from the walkers: their incredible gratitude for the generosity that others have passed onto them.

“I forgot about how positive people can get even when spirits get low," says Cassie Disaia '19. "I always like how all the people at the churches we stay at talk about how kids don't get involved with this kind of stuff anymore. Sometimes I forget about how unique of an experience this is.”

A long trek through the back roads of Maine, was accented by the heat, with a focus on hydration and sunscreen on Sunday. Jon and Cindy, parents of Joey Smith '18 provided lunch and hospitality for the group, before they trekked on the the Deeper Well Church to end the weekend.

The group awoke on Monday to an outstanding breakfast, prepared by the members of the church. With this great start of the day, they began their longest day of the walk (more than 18 miles). The day was punctuated by several family visits, including Ashley Cryer '18’s mom, Adelina Katzounas '20’s mother and grandmother, and Giovanna Beaulieu '19’s family in celebration of her 20th birthday. The walkers were also surprised with a visit from the family of Caroline Ireland '19. Although Caroline is not walking this year, her family still wanted to stop by to support those making the trek.

Observing the eclipse on the Road For HopeCampus Minister Andy Fellows, who is accompanying the group, surprised the walkers with glasses to observe the solar eclipse, bringing an unexpected highlight to day three on the road. Ice cream (and some Maine tourist tee-shirts) were gobbled up during one of the day's rest breaks. Dinner was provided by the Smith family, as the walkers arrived in Waterboro for the evening.

Tuesday will bring the group to Sanford, as the walkers spend their last full day in Maine, and reach the halfway point of their journey.

This post was authored by Road For Hope alumna Maggie Lynch '17

2017 Road For Hope Itinerary

For the 19th annual Road for Hope, August 19-26, 2017, 46 students will walk —rain or shine—from Lewiston, Maine to Saint Anselm College to raise funds for nine charities in Maine and N.H. It is a modern-day pilgrimage that, in the words of the mission statement, "seeks to provide funds for the needy, strengthen the bonds in our communities, and rekindle the belief that every footstep makes a difference."

Road For Hope walkers celebrate the 2016 walk

Saturday, August 19


Basilica (Lewiston, ME) to St. Gregory's (Gray, ME)

  • Start: (8 a.m., front steps)

Basilica of SS Peter and Paul
150 Ash Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

  • Overnight: St. Gregory's: 24 North Raymond Road, Gray, ME

Day: 17.5 miles; Week total: 17.5 miles; Remaining walk: 106.5 miles

Sunday, August 20


St. Gregory's (Gray, ME) to The Deeper Well Church (Standish, ME)

  • Overnight: The Deeper Well Church: 190 Northeast Road, Standish, ME

Day: 16.2 miles; Week total: 33.7 miles; Remaining walk: 90.3 miles

Monday, August 21


Day 3 The Deeper Well Church (Standish, ME) to Massabesic Middle School (E. Waterboro, ME)

Day: 18.5 miles; Week total: 52.2 miles; Remaining walk: 71.8 miles

Tuesday, August 22


Massabesic Middle School (E. Waterboro, ME) to St. Ignatius Parish (Sanford, ME)

  • Overnight: St. Ignatius Parish: 25 Riverside Ave, Sanford, ME

Day: 11.5 miles; Week total: 63.7 miles; Remaining walk: 60.3 miles

Wednesday, August 23


St. Ignatius Parish (Sanford, ME) to St. Charles (Rochester, NH)

  • Overnight: St. Charles Children's Home: 19 Grant Street, Rochester, NH

Day: 15.9 miles; Week total: 79.6 miles; Remaining walk: 44.4 miles

Thursday, August 24


St. Charles (Rochester, NH) to St. Joseph's Church (Northwood, NH)

  • Overnight: St. Joseph's Church: Northwood, NH

Day: 16.2 miles Week total: 95.8 miles; Remaining walk: 28.2 miles

Friday, August 25


St. Joseph's (Northwood, NH) to Henry W. Moore School (Candia, NH)

  • Overnight: Moore School: Candia, NH

Day: 14 miles; Week total: 109.8 miles; Remaining walk: 14.2 miles

Saturday, August 26


Henry W. Moore School (Candia, NH) to Saint Anselm College

  • Lunch: Derryfield Park: Bridge Street, Manchester, NH

Participants are due in to Saint Anselm College at the Main Entrance for 1 p.m. If you are able to come, please make arrangements to be arrive by 12:45 p.m.

Day: 14.2 miles; Week total: 124+ miles

Halfway Home! Mid-Week Photo Update

In spite of the warm weather, our walkers remain in high spirits! Sue Gabert, Director of Campus Ministry spent the day with our Road for Hope walkers (and sent back the photos below) as they trekked 11.5 miles through Southern Maine. A few miles from the end of Wednesday's walk, the group passed the halfway point of the walk, with 63.7 miles completed, and 60.3 remaining until they return to the Hilltop on Sunday.

Road for Hope Departs Campus

42 student-walkers gathered in the new Living-Learning Commons on campus this afternoon to hear words of encouragement from fellow walker Shane Matthews '15, Sue Gabert, Director of Campus Ministry and Dr. Steven DiSalvo, President of the College. After a brief prayer, and final goodbyes from friends and family, students boarded a bus for the ride to Lewiston, Maine where they will spend the night before beginning the 130-mile, eight-day trek back to campus.

Road for Hope 2014In each of the last 16 years, Saint Anselm students have raised money for charity and walked–rain or shine–on this modern-day pilgrimage. Participants have raised more than $19,250 in this year's efforts.

Throughout the eight-day walk, the six student leaders meet with the charities they are supporting to learn more about the organizations' needs and to provide additional volunteer support.

Two Saint Anselm College Emergency Medical Services students are also along for the ride, volunteering their week to care for their fellow students' well-being and feet.

NEWS: Students Walk 130 Miles for Charity

Five Maine charities including Birthline of Portland and Good Shepherd Food Bank of Auburn, Maine receive proceeds from the walk. The New Hampshire organizations that benefit are: St. Charles Children's Home and the Recreation Arena and Youth Services, both of Rochester; the Candia Moore Drug Awareness Program, in Candia; Kids Café, in Manchester, and Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center, in Goffstown.

Follow along with the Road for Hope by checking back throughout the week for blog posts and Tweets-from-the-road.

2014 Road for Hope Itinerary

For the 16th annual Road for Hope, August 24-31, 2014, 42 students will walk —rain or shine—from Lewiston, Maine to Saint Anselm College to raise funds for ten charities in Maine and N.H. It is a modern-day pilgrimage that, in the words of the mission statement, "seeks to provide funds for the needy, strengthen the bonds in our communities, and rekindle the belief that every footstep makes a difference."

Road For Hope walkers on the move

Sunday, August 24


Basilica (Lewiston, ME) to St. Gregory's (Gray, ME)

  • Start: (8 a.m., front steps)

Basilica of SS Peter and Paul
150 Ash Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

  • Lunch: First Congregational Church: 19 Gloucester Hill Road
  • Overnight: St. Gregory's: 24 North Raymond Road, Gray, ME

Day: 17.5 miles; Week total: 17.5 miles; Remaining walk: 106.5 miles

Monday, August 25


St. Gregory's (Gray, ME) to The Roys' (Standish, ME)

  • Lunch is at a dirt parking lot on the left side of Rt. 35, on the Windham/Standish line, before the bridge.
  • Overnight: The Roys: 88 Shaws Mill Road, Standish, ME

Day: 16.2 miles; Week total: 33.7 miles; Remaining walk: 90.3 miles

Tuesday, August 26


Day 3 The Roys' (Standish, ME) to Friendship Park (E. Waterboro, ME)

  • Lunch at Hollis Sports Complex (Lower Tarbox Road)
  • Overnight: Friendship Park: 230 Old Alfred Road, East Waterboro, ME

Day: 18.5 miles; Week total: 52.2 miles; Remaining walk: 71.8 miles

Wednesday, August 27


Friendship Park (Waterboro, ME) to St. Therese Gym (Sanford, ME)

  • Lunch at Brothers of Christian Instruction: 130 Shaker Hill Road, Alfred, ME
  • Overnight: St Therese Gym: 25 Riverside Avenue, Sanford, ME

Day: 11.5 miles; Week total: 63.7 miles; Remaining walk: 60.3 miles

Thursday, August 28


St. Ignatius Gym (Sanford, ME) to St. Charles (Rochester, NH).

  • Lunch at Gil's Diner parking lot: (approx. 1000 Broggi Hwy/202, Lebanon, ME)
  • Overnight: St. Charles Children's Home: 19 Grant Street, Rochester, NH

Day: 15.9 miles; Week total: 79.6 miles; Remaining walk: 44.4 miles

Friday, August 29


St. Charles (Rochester, NH) to St. Joseph's Church (Northwood, NH)

  • Lunch: Strafford School: Strafford, NH
  • Overnight: St. Joseph's Church: Northwood, NH

Day: 16.2 miles Week total: 95.8 miles; Remaining walk: 28.2 miles

Saturday, August 30


St. Joseph's (Northwood, NH) to Henry W. Moore School (Candia, NH).

  • Lunch: 8 Raymond Road, Deerfield, NH
  • Overnight: Moore School: Candia, NH

Day: 14 miles; Week total: 109.8 miles; Remaining walk: 14.2 miles

Sunday, August 31


Henry W. Moore School (Candia, NH) to Saint Anselm College

  • Lunch: Derryfield Park: Bridge Street, Manchester, NH

Day: 14.2 miles; Week total: 124 miles