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October 8, 2014
The Salvation Army's 614 Corps' ReCreate Café to present Walk In My Shoes 3rd Edition: An Evening of Stories from Chattanooga's Homeless and Non-homeless Citizens
The ReCreate Café continues to bring innovative artistic programming to the Chattanooga community that seeks to serve all peoples of the city regardless of their housing situation. Walk in My Shoes is an original story-theatre performance developed by ReCreate Café's Artistic Director, Tenika Dye. The production highlights real stories from citizens of Chattanooga who are currently homeless, have been homeless or who have never been homeless. Each performer tells someone else's story rather than his or her own. Therefore, all the performers are "walking in someone else's shoes."
The director, Tenika Dye, said: "One of the goals of the production is that as audiences hear these stories that they will consider - If I were in that situation what would I do? If that is what life threw at me how would I handle it? I hope audiences come away with a greater sense of empathy for their fellow Chattanoogans and look for ways they can feel "with" others not just feel "sorry for" others."
Due to content of the material, this performance is recommended for those 13 and older with teens being accompanied by an adult. Parents attending with their children are encouraged to have discussions about the topics presented in the production.
The concept's history: In August 2013 the first Walk In My Shoes was produced as a part of the Community Cultural Connections (CCC) grants funded by Arts Build of Chattanooga. The second edition was staged during the Christmas season of 2013 and a documentary of the project was sponsored by Arts Build. The short film was produced by SAVD Productions and can be seen at The Salvation Army Chattanooga's YouTube channel.
Tickets- "Pay What You Can" - All are welcome regardless of what they can pay. The suggested minimum donation is $10 per person and will benefit The Salvation Army ReCreate Café Arts Program. The ReCreate Café will also host a Sock and Shoe Drive during the weekend to collect new or good condition socks and shoes for the homeless population served by The Salvation Army 614 Corps. ReCreate Café is located at 800 McCallie Ave across from UTC.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.
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