Jimmy Wayne is currently featured on Ladies Home Journal’s popular website, where he is praised for his Meet Me Halfway initiative. Written by managing editor Ron Kelly, the piece can be found in the ‘Do Good” section of the website here.
The feature applauds Wayne for his work on behalf of homeless teens, particularly foster children who ‘age out’ of the foster care system. Meet Me Halfway began as what Wayne himself called “a crazy idea.” That idea was to walk halfway across America in order to generate awareness of homeless teens, especially foster children. Wayne himself was in and out of the foster care system throughout his childhood, and even homeless at one point as a teenager. So on January 1, 2010, Wayne began his approximately 1700-mile walk from Nashville to Phoenix, departing from Monroe Harding Group Home, with the ultimate destination, HomeBase Youth Services in Phoenix, AZ. Both facilities serve foster children.
Now closing in on nearly 1,000 miles of walking, Wayne is expected to reach Phoenix by mid-June, a longer amount of time than originally expected, but according to Wayne, well worth the journey. “I have met some incredibly kind and generous people along the way,” Wayne said “I have been able to talk to them and tell them about these foster kids who, when they reach the age of 18, often end up homeless because they have no support system and nowhere to go. We need to do something about that. We need to make changes.” To keep up with Wayne’s journey, click here.
*Press Release Courtesy of TVMC