By Abbey Doyle
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
James Brown loves maps and meeting new people.
So when the Hopewell Center resident saw The Walking Man Project, he was interested right away.
“I liked the challenge,” said Brown, who is better known as “JB” around the Hopewell Center which provides family, residential and community services.
Brown and Kyle Bernard, community living assistant, took two-and-a-half days to travel from statue to statue, obtaining passport stamps at each site.
When Brown turned his completed passport in at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino he didn’t think anything more about it. Well, he did think about going out and seeing a few of them again. Then, Brown received a call from The Walking Man Project staff saying he was a winner.
His prize for being the first to turn in a completed, stamped passport was a staycation package: a $25 gift card to Garfield’s Restaurant, two movie passes for Mounds 10, two $10 Hoosier Park Casino cash passes and two food baskets at Culver’s.
“We didn’t even know there was a contest,” said Karen Whitacre, of the Hopewell Center. “It was a great thing for JB. He really had a nice time.”
Bernard said while he enjoyed seeing the statues himself, the best part was seeing Brown’s excitement.
“It was great to see him so excited,” Bernard said. “Seeing him getting out and interacting with the others, he had the biggest smile on his face after he got those stamps. That’s a big job for us to see him so excited about it.”
Brown’s favorite statue was the one at Hoosier Park memorializing Hoosier soldier’s lost in war.
“This is a great thing because it helps people realize Anderson is a good place to live,” he said.
Bernard agreed, saying the project and tour were great for families and good to encourage people to get out in the community.