Lou Ness

'Hear Our Cry' March
5:03 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Slideshow: Rockford Deacon Adds Final Steps To Epic Walk

Lou Ness is greeted by supporters and members of the Washington National Cathedral on June 19, 2014
Jenna Dooley WNIJ

After walking from Rockford to the Washington National Cathedral, Lou Ness still had a few miles left in her.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
11:19 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rockford Deacon Arrives In D.C., Plans Thursday Event

Ness being greeted by Bishop Dorsey McConnell on the steps of Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh
Credit Shelter Care Ministries

The director of a Rockford social service agency has completed a 900-mile walk to Washington D.C.

It was no April Fools' Day joke. Deacon Lou Ness has been walking every day since April First with a mission to make it to the nation's capital. It was part of an effort to raise awareness for poverty in local communities. She's the director of Rockford's Shelter Care Ministries. She finished what she started this weekend.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
4:34 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Deacon On Walk To Washington Navigates Hilly Pennsylvania

Ness being greeted by Bishop Dorsey McConnell on the steps of Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh
Credit Shelter Care Ministries

The Reverend Lou Ness passed the halfway point on her journey to Washington D.C. This week, she passed through Pittsburgh and met with members of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.  She started her walk April First from Shelter Care Ministries in Rockford where she's the executive director.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
9:47 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Two Weeks In: Rockford Deacon Continues Walk To Washington

Photo of Ness leaving April 1, 2014 from Rockford with her cart.
Credit Elizabeth Holmertz

Despite sore feet and colder temperatures, the Reverend Lou Ness is still walking. She's gone about 160 miles over the past two weeks. She started at Shelter Care Ministries in Rockford where she's the Executive Director.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
3:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Deacon Steps Off On March To Washington

Deaconess Lou Ness checks her cart Tuesday morning before leaving Rockford for her walk to Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Holmertz

Shelter Care Ministries Executive Director Lou Ness departed Tuesday on the first leg of a 756-mile walk to Washington D.C., where she hopes to draw attention to the plight of the poverty-stricken.

With Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey at her side and the Rockford Lutheran High School drum line at her back, Ness headed for Belvidere, the first overnight stay in a trek expected to last two months.

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