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

Video Highlights

Watch a few highlights from the road as students talk about their journey and experience during this year's Road for Hope. [Read more…]

In The News: "Students Walk 130 Miles for Charity"

"Some of us never imagined taking a journey like this, but we found the will within ourselves each day," said Leanne D'Entremont '13 of her experience walking the Road for Hope.

For nine charities including Kid's Café, St. Charles Children's Home, and Good Shepherd Food Bank, 35 Saint Anselm College students and five student-leaders will walk 130 miles from Lewiston, Maine to Manchester, N.H., August 24 – 31 as part of the annual Road for Hope.

This story was originally published Wednesday, August 21 by Saint Anselm's Office of College Communications and Marketing. The news was written by Laura Lemire.

Saint Anselm students on Road for Hope 2012 crossing Elm Street in Manchester, N.H.For the last 15 years, Saint Anselm students have raised money for charity and walked–rain or shine–on this modern-day pilgrimage.

"I am really excited to be out on the road but I am also really interested in meeting with the charities and seeing firsthand what they do," said student-leader Eric Boumil.

Throughout the journey, the five student leaders meet with the charities they are supporting to learn more about the organizations' needs and to provide additional volunteer support. Boumil, a senior history major, has planned a trip with his organization, Community Concepts to see a neighborhood that is the result of their charitable work. Community Concepts offers housing, economic and social services for families in Maine.

"Meeting with the charities definitely deepens our journey on Road for Hope (RFH) because it allows us to establish a personal connection with organizations that we have been working with year after year.

"These organizations often go about their work unrecognized outside of a local level, so showing them that we not only want to donate to them, but we want to take on more of an active, personal role I think shows them the appreciation they deserve. It also adds more meaning to the walk when the walkers are educated about each charity they work for by being visited by the charities," said Boumil.

Saint Anselm students from last year's Road for Hope Three 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.

Walkers stay in a variety of accommodations while on their journey, sleeping on gym floors, in churches and parks. They brave sore feet and blisters, yet when they make their final march, up Saint Anselm Drive and onto campus, where friends and family await, they are ebullient.

Four Maine charities including Birthline of Portland and Good Shepherd Food Bank of Auburn, 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 them on their journey through the Road for Hope blog. See photos on the college Flickr site as they become available.

To make a donation to the Road for Hope, contact Campus Ministry at Saint Anselm College, (603) 641-7130.

Why I Walk: Kathryn Urbanowski '15

This will be my second year participating in the Road for Hope program. Over the past two years there have been countless moments that I have had the chance to explain  Road for Hope. My speech always starts off  the same way… "Well, it is a  130 mile walk to benefit nine different charities in Maine and New Hampshire directed by Saint Anselm College." About two percent of the people respond with either questions about the charities or the college. However, the other ninety-eight percent are in complete and utter disbelief over the length of the walk. "It's how many miles? It takes you how long?" Even after I go onto explain the walk and the logistics people are still usually in complete utter disbelief and if they didn't think I was crazy before, they definitely do now. After a brief silent pause there is usually always that same follow up question. "Well why do you walk?" And this is where I always get stuck….

"From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside looking out, you can never explain it."

-Unknown

Road for Hope 2012 walks into ManchesterI believe the above quote describes the Road for Hope experience perfectly and is a wonderful explanation to this difficult question. The majority of people will never understand why we give up over a week of our summer vacation to spend 8 long days walking or the impact the experience has on each walker. Onlookers will never understand our inside jokes or why we are so comfortable about talking about our blisters. However, on the flip side, speaking from experience, I always struggle to explain why I walk. I know only those who have walked the road and experienced the laughter, the tears, the sweat, and the perfect bittersweet moment of walking back onto campus will be able to understand fully why I walk.

But I know this is not a complete answer. So in an attempt here goes: I walk for the charities: I walk to know that a family can be provided with food from Good Shepherd Food Bank. I walk so that kids can learn the drastic consequences of drugs from the Candia Moore School Drug Awareness Program. I walk for the lessons learned along the road: the dependence others have on you and the dependence you have on others. I walk for the smiling faces of the kids at St. Charles House. I walk for the memories and sprinting up a hill just to make it to the top and the endless dance parties at rest stops. I walk for the stories that I gain and can share to others. I walk because our simple footsteps have made a difference and will continue to make a difference.

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Why I Walk: Leanne D'Entremont '13

Forty other individuals and I walked 130 miles; each step taken to serve others. Along this journey some days were harder than others, but we marched on. Although our feet were filled with blisters, we marched on. Some of us never imagined taking a journey like this, but we found the will within ourselves each day.  With each step taken, stories were shared and new friends were made; bonds were formed that could never be broken.  The day we walked onto Saint Anselm College, tears filled our eyes with joy and also sadness with the realization that the week was over; however, our journey was not over.  Today each individual now marches on their own with a new outlook on life and the person they are, because of these 130 miles.

Leanne D'Entremont '13Hello! My name is Leanne D’Entremont; I am a rising senior and this will be my third year walking the Road for Hope. As a sophomore I decided to do Road for Hope with the desire of learning more about myself and my role in the Saint Anselm College community.  However, I got much more out of the experience: I grew physically, mentally, and spiritually. The walk was a physical challenge; however, I learned what was possible with my faith and my peers. I grew mentally as I saw service in a new light; Road for Hope showed me the pain in the world and inspired me to do something about it. I grew spiritually as I learned what challenges I could overcome, as well as my calling to serve others. Road for Hope helped me to see the true meaning behind each step we take, and continue to march on each and every day of my life.

My favorite part about Road for Hope is the unity found within this unique experience. Unity can be seen in many dimensions through this program, whether it is the unity amongst the walkers or the unity formed with the nine charities we walk for.

Road for hope is a physically enduring journey; however, what helps each walker to overcome each hill, blister, and sore muscle is the support from the group. Every walker is united as we help each other overcome these struggles; whether it be through a simple story, words of advice, or singing a song as loud as we can!

Unity is also seen amongst the nine different charities we fundraise the money for: Birthline/Catholic Charities, Community Concepts, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Sanford Parent Resource Center , St. Charles Children’s Home, Rochester Recreation Arena and Youth Services, Candia Moore School Drug Awareness Program, Kids’ Café, and Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center. Through-out the week, members from these charities come and speak with us, pray with us, and even provide us with meals.  The money that Road for Hope fundraises provides much of the funding for these charities. As we learn about the charities throughout the week, the union that forms with every walker to each charity is unique. Each step is dedicated to these charities that touch the walker’s life.

As a leader this year, I am more than excited to start the preparation for this journey. Road for Hope is such a unique experience and I am excited for each walker to to grow throughout the journey. This summer will be filled with much preparation in training and fundraising; however, each dollar and step is worth it. I am looking forward to another great year of Road for hope and I hope you are too!