Greensboro hosted its first annual Chicken Walk this Saturday. Amy Murphy organized the event, and says that working with people without homes is nearest to her heart.
"They are my friends. [And] notice, I do not call them the 'homeless' because I think people can become labels, and nobody wants to be labeled," Murphy said.
The Walk benefits those without homes, and the overall purpose was to raise awareness and money for those in such circumstances.
"What I think we need to remember is that they are not a social problem. That's a person that you are talking to, that's somebody's brother, somebody's son, somebody's friend," Murphy said.
She feels lucky to be working with these people. They've taught her many things, and privileged her with a new perspective on life.
"It's been an amazing experience to get to know these people, and I am very blessed." Murphy said.
Nonetheless, statistically speaking, homelessness is becoming a problem. In North Carolina alone, there are 12,000 people without homes, and about 4,500 them live in Guilford County.
Many people are living in shelters or temporarily in other people's homes, and Shannon Stewart is one of those people.
"Sometimes you feel like [there's] no support because people act like they're scared of you," said Stewart.
Stewart is always helping other artists network and get other jobs, as well as helping them with their art. His art has saved him through his situation, and he is hoping that it will eventually get him out.
He said it might take one year, or five years, but he wants to get off the streets on his own, and not by handouts.
"We didn't choose to get in this situation, we just got here, and it is a lot easier to get in than to get out," said Stewart.
Stewart himself designed the logo for the Chicken Walk.
Amy Murphy came to him asking for a specific logo, and he was ecstatic when she loved his design, and believes that his works will eventually take him places.
"It's a bit easier for me because I do have an art talent that people recognize. But someone who doesn't have a talent, what they're gonna do, I don't know," said Stewart.
Murphy and Stewart aren't the only ones helping out. Artifacts is a group of artists without homes, who work on helping other artists live together.
"Most of the artists in Greensboro didn't know what to do until they came to Artifacts, because they didn't know how to work the promotions and get their work out there," said Artifacts artist Jimmy Edwards.
He lives in a home and has a shed where does his woodwork. He engraves plaques and makes objects according to requests.
"I've been going through some personal problems, and now Artifacts keeps me busy making stuff and I don't have to worry about anything."
Everyone who came to the two-mile Walk got free Bojangles with the purchase of a shirt. Murphy hopes everyone learned something from the event.
"Learn what their story is and a lot of times you can find out what they need."