"The purpose of the walk was to end poverty in this country,” said Lou Ness, the executive director of Shelter Care Ministries.
Now, she's back in Rockford and sharing her story.
She spoke to locals at Just Goods Fair Trade Market gallery on Saturday morning.
"It was so intimate to hear her stories one-on-one and then respond to them, and have her respond to our concerns and our questions,” said Stanley Campbell, the director of Rockford Urban Ministries.
In 2005 Ness was in a wheelchair; she was told she may never walk again.
But she did walk -- 930 miles on a trip from Rockford to Washington, D.C. that took 81 days. Ness stayed at churches along the way.
When a church wasn't available to her, people in the communities she visited would open up their homes. Some nights she would spend in a tent.
She is planning on doing a similar walk in 2015.
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