Footprints of Michigan unveiled the newly renovated company vehicle called “The Sole Train”. This mobile unit has received a complete overhaul inside and out to better serve those in our community who are in need as well as bring awareness to the on going problems of poverty and homelessness throughout the State.
At the Matt Thornton Farm Bureau of Michigan Agency, people were able to see and marvel at a sharp looking vehicle which is designed also to bring attention to the issue of so many across the State do not and can’t afford proper footwear.
Footprints of Michigan, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and was established in 2014 after attending a street walk with a local organization in Lansing, Michigan. I noticed a young homeless man in desperate need of shoes; his duct-taped soles were worn and tattered. A street walk participant contacted her husband and he promptly delivered a size 13, gently used, pair of shoes. The young man’s face lit up as he threw his old, worn pair of shoes in the trash and it filled my heart with hope and joy…. and so the idea began.
Inspiration behind the name Footprints of Michigan was inspired by my late parents, Geronimo Jr. and Maria Lerma. My father was a double leg amputee due to diabetes and always told me, “Mijo (son), always take care of your feet because they will help make your journey a little smoother.” One day caring for my mother, I noticed the kitchen curtains had an imprint of The Footprints in the Sand poem. A light bulb went off in my mind and the name Footprints of Michigan was born.
For more information or to get involved with Footprints of Michigan please contact Geronimo Lerma at (877)811-7463 or go to their page: