Country singer Jimmy Wayne reached Phoenix Sunday after walking 1700 miles to raise money and awareness for homeless youth. Jimmy walked through six states for HomeBase Youth Services, a charity that helps Arizona youth ages 18-21. Children age out of the foster care system at 18 and many of them end up homeless, because they have no where to go. Places like HomeBase Youth Services help these individuals.
“There was nothing stopping me from walking this walk,” Jimmy said he told himself during the walk, “Yeah, it’s crazy, but I got to do it.”
The public was invited to walk the last half mile with Jimmy from Steele Indian School Park to the HomeBase Youth Services building. It was humid out, but there was no rain during the walk. People had signs and shirts supporting the walk. It’s hard to tell the exact number of how many people attended, but it was definitely more than a hundred.
Jimmy was homeless part of his childhood before breaking his way into the Nashville country scene. He began working for a family, cutting their grass, and eventually moved in with them. Aside from being thankful for the family, he decided to do something to help homeless young adults. He started the “Meet Me Halway” campaign and announced that he would be walking 1700 miles. Seven months after he left Nashville, he arrived in Phoenix.
“It’s not about the walk,” Jimmy said, “It’s about the kids.”
Although Jimmy said he’d do the walk again, it was difficult. The weather was harsh — Jimmy’s sleeping bag froze. All of his stuff got stolen. Five miles away from the finish line, Jimmy broke his foot and it was unclear if he would make it to Phoenix. Luckily, thanks to a generous foot doctor, he made it in time. Along the way, people met Jimmy, bringing him food and offering him a place to stay. “I’m not surprised of the generosity,” Jimmy said, “It reminded me. It reminded me a lot of home.”
“Meet Me Halfway” is not over. To get involved, join a street team. It’s free and shows support for the “Meet Me Halfway” campaign. “You’re not signing your life away,” Jimmy said.