Due to COVID, last year’s Walk for Hope was a virtual event, with people walking on their own at the time and place of their choosing. Therefore, this year’s in-person Walk for Hope was a chance to celebrate togetherness.

Walks took place simultaneously on May 22 in Orleans, Hyannis and Falmouth. With 298 walkers, including 35 teams and 752 donations, Housing Assistance raised more than $130,000 to increase access to critical housing services.

“We remain grateful and inspired by our generous community,” said Housing Assistance CEO Alisa Magnotta.

The top individual fundraiser, Rich Bryant of Cape Associates, Inc., and top team fundraiser, Osterville Baptist Church, were honored at a post-walk Celebration at Cape Cod Beer a few weeks later.

“Our church has been on a journey, getting more involved with community issues and concerns,” said Pastor Rob Wheeler of Osterville Baptist Church. “We’ve done some exploration and it seems very apparent that housing is a big issue. People can’t meet their basic needs for housing.”

Walkers were joined by housing leaders in government: state representatives Sarah Peake (4th Barnstable District ) and Kip Diggs (2nd Barnstable District) and Falmouth selectboard member Onjalé Scott Price.