The Mission Project bringing ‘Independence Walk’ back to downtown Mission Sept. 8

Proceeds from the event help pay for transportation services to participants’ jobs. Photo credit The Mission Project.

An event that highlights the ability of people with developmental or cognitive disabilities to lead fulfilling independent lives is coming back to Mission.

The Mission Project announced that the second annual Independence Walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 8 in downtown Mission. The two-mile fun walk route starts at Beverly Park. Check in will be at 8 a.m. with the walk itself taking off at 8:45 a.m.

“We created this annual walk to celebrate the value of independent living for the participants of the Mission Projects,” says Sharon Walker, event chair. “We are so grateful for this community and our supporters who help ensure that the Mission Projects succeed.”

Proceeds from the event benefit The Mission Project and The Mission Project 2, specifically programs that provide transportation to jobs for participants. Employment is among the major focuses of The Mission Projects, which assist participants with securing their own apartments in Mission.

“Like others their age, they hold jobs, pay bills, cook meals and socialize with friends,” says the organization. “They exercise, travel together and serve their community. In short, they live fully.”

The cost to register for the Independence Walk is $20 in advance of $25 the day of the event. Each registration comes with a tee shirt.

For more information, visit the Independence Walk website here.