Our View: Walking to strengthen a neighborhood

It’s just putting one foot in front of the other, taking one step at a time. That’s how all journeys begin.

Friday around 5 p.m., perhaps 50 or maybe 100 people will gather at Central Grace Community Church on Sierra Drive near Modesto High School to begin a journey they hope will result in safer neighborhoods, stronger communities and an even a greater sense of belonging for those who live nearby.

There will be walking, talking and even a little praying as the group Congregations Building Community takes to the streets. You don’t have to be a member of a church, or even particularly religious, to join the effort. You just have to care.

“I applaud their efforts; it’s what we need,” said Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll. “They’re showing that they stand together; that they’re not going to be intimidated.”

Strong neighborhoods, said Carroll, are crucial to any strong community, and our community needs to get stronger. If you’d like to join the walk, come to the church on time or call organizer Adriana Hernandez-Garcia at (209) 589-4329 for more information.