What Is SOCKS?
So others can keep striding — is a nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organization with a mission to remind the world what love looks like by providing socks and skills to those displaced from permanent housing and the workforce.
In five years of operation, SOCKS has distributed over 40,000 pairs of socks to more than 3,600 men, women and children in 8 states. Our goal is to expand our outreach efforts in the Washington, DC area and create a replicable model that includes continued outreach (hand-outs) and expands to encompass education and workforce training programs to help displaced youth and adults establish a position in the work force (hand-ups).
“There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.”
The SOCKS Story
The SOCKS movement began one night in the basement of a church. The founder, Damon Jones, volunteered to spend the night with the homeless men who were visiting the church’s temporary shelter. Listening to the men’s conversation throughout the night alerted Damon to a pressing need amongst the homeless community – clean, dry socks.
The next morning when he awoke the idea for SOCKS came to him in a vision when, “So Others Can Keep Striding” appeared to him when he opened his eyes. From that moment the SOCKS movement was born.
Our primary motivator is to serve God by serving his children. We are driven by the goal to please our Creator with our service. In addition to our spiritual drivers, we also understand the importance of new socks in maintaining foot health. Healthy feet are important to one’s survival and well-being, as the condition of feet can affect overall health. In some extreme cases, amputation can be the result of a prolonged lack of clean, dry socks. There are numerous health risks that SOCKS reduces by providing the homeless population with clean, dry socks.
New socks impede the spread of fungal infections such as Tinea Pedis, Onychomycosis and Plantar Warts.
Studies have shown that the embarrassment of odor and one’s foot condition can be a deterrent to seeking preventive medical foot care. New, clean socks can encourage those in need to seek treatment.
Clean socks reduce friction and minimize bunions, hammertoes and other bone-related irritations caused by friction.