In celebration of 40 years of service to victims and survivors and to raise awareness to issues that have stayed in the dark for far too long, on September 21, 2019, Heartly House held Rock The 40th, a new twist on the ‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ annual event. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, this year’s event was transformed to include food trucks, craft beer, and a concert at Carroll Creek Amphitheatre.

With more than 200 participants, two bands, two solo artists, four food vendors, two breweries and more than 30 sponsors, the 10th annual ‘Walk A Mile In Their Shoes’ was a resounding success. The title of Top Fundraiser Group was awarded to the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ while the Top Fundraiser Individual was awarded to Doug Tinder. In addition to the funds that were raised, The Ausherman Family Foundation announced that it will be matching all donations up to $40,000 through the end of the year.

Thanks to the amazing support of the community, the contributions ensure that victims and survivors will continue to receive the support they need. Heartly House would like to thank all 2019 participants and looks forward to seeing everyone at next year’s event.

About The Need for Heartly House’s Services:
Consider that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be/has been sexually abused by the age of 18. Consider that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 14 men will be the victim of intimate partner abuse in their lifetime. Consider that the demand for clinical counseling increased by 40% last year.

For victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking and child abuse, the journey to healing starts at Heartly House. Heartly House is the only organization in Frederick County, MD offering compressive support to victims and survivors including a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, group and individual counseling services, emergency shelter, medical accompaniment, legal representation and community education and outreach. Services are confidential and free of charge.