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Don Nunemaker walks around Concord Mall with the annual Homeward Bound Walk on Saturday, Feb. 16. Approximately 75 walkers raised money to help homeless persons. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Emily Ulrich (left) and Monica Hyde (right) take part in the annual Homeward Bound Walk to help the homeless on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Concord Mall. The two joined about 75 others walking three laps around the outer perimeter of the malls parking lot. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Alyssa Parmer (left) and her friend Hannah Outlaw walk around the outer perimeter of Concord Mall on Saturday, Feb. 16. The two nine year-olds joined about 75 others walking in the annual Homeward Bound Walk to raise money to help homeless people. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

About 75 people took part in the annual Homeward Bound Walk, to raise funds to help the homeless on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Concord Mall. The walkers walker around the perimeter of the mall parking lot. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

About 75 people took part in the annual Homeward Bound Walk, to raise funds to help the homeless on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Concord Mall. The walkers walker around the perimeter of the mall parking lot. A group of walkers leaves Concord Mall after registering. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Todd Kauffman (left) age 5 and Mary Kauffmann-Kennel (right) walk around the perimeter of Concord Mall on Saturday, Feb. 16. About 75 people walked in the annual Homeward Bound Walk to raise money to help homeless people. Don Nunemaker is at left rear. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

About 75 people took part in the annual Homeward Bound Walk, to raise funds to help the homeless on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Concord Mall. The walkers walker around the perimeter of the mall parking lot. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

About 75 people took part in the annual Homeward Bound Walk, to raise funds to help the homeless on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Concord Mall. The walkers walker around the perimeter of the mall parking lot. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Benefit aims to help

Posted on Feb. 16, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

About 75 people braved the cold conditions Saturday morning, Feb. 16, and participated in the annual Homeward Bound Walk at Concord Mall.

The fundraiser helps generate money for agencies that work to end homelessness.

This year’s effort will help the following groups: Elkhart County Church Community Services, Emerge Ministries, Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network, Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County, iFiT, LaCasa, Minority Health Coalition of Elkhart County and The Window.

This year, organizers attempted to get more young people to participate.

“It’s a goal every year to get more kids involved. That was the one thing that was most important to me this year,” said Jennifer Doty, president of the Elkhart County Homeless Coalition and transitional housing coordinator for the group known as iFiT (Individuals and Families in Transition).

The group accepted pledges and donations and then walked around the mall three times.

Details on the amount of money raised was not immediately available.