SO OTHERS CAN KEEP STRIDING – S.O.C.K.S – is a nonprofit organization (501(c)3) based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We give socks and other essentials items to our friends experiencing homelessness through direct street outreach.
S.O.C.K.S is the only organization in the DC Metropolitan area that serves the homeless population with a specific niche of ministering to the feet. Socks are the #1 most requested clothing item by the homeless. We are the only organization in the DC Metropolitan area that has a sole purpose to address this need. Our outreach resources go towards providing care for the feet by acquiring socks and other items to promote foot health.
We believe that socks are only the beginning of our mission. We genuinely want people to feel loved, respected, and cared about. While a few pair of socks may only last a short time, we hope the memory of some of our interactions – conversations, prayers, hugs, smiles – will last a lifetime. By having something so important like socks to give away, barriers are broken down and in many instances a space is created for authentic fellowship. In addition to improving the condition of the feet with socks, the hope is that our interactions improve the mental, emotional, and spiritual health of those we are fortunate enough to serve.
S.O.C.K.S was established in July of 2014 and has grown quite a bit since then. Initially, we took donations of gently used socks but quickly transitioned to only accepting new socks. In our first year of operation, we distributed 1,167 pair to those battling homelessness in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Since then, by partnering with organizations and individuals, we have distributed 20,000+ pair of socks in Los Angeles, CA, Oakland, CA, Birmingham, AL, Philadelphia, PA, Prince George’s County, MD and Atlanta, GA.
In that same period of time we have developed a following and had the opportunity to collaborate with many organizations such as Wells Fargo, DC Public Schools, EMCOR, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, , NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), KinderCare, Jersey Mike’s Subs, iNOVA Hospital and many more.