Seattle continues to be a city filled with incredible people doing incredible things for others. Last year at the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon we had an amazing time and were able to collect shoes for the Rescue Mission in downtown Seattle. Not only were we able to capture some great video but upon handing out the shoes we collected at the rescue mission I met a certain individual who I now consider a friend. That friend is Scott Sowle.
Scott lived on the streets for many years battling his addiction to drugs and alcohol until he found his way to the Seattle Union Gospel Mission. It is there that he changed his life and now makes it his life’s goal to help others. Last year as we were handing out the shoes from the race to people on the street, Scott approached me and shared with me that he wanted to start his own shoe collection center for the Puget Sound area. He asked if he could call me and discuss it further. Of course I said he could reach out to me anytime, all the while thinking I might never hear from him again since he lived at the shelter. I’m excited to share with you that at this years event we teamed up with Scott’s new organization, Redeeming Soles, as the recipient of all the shoes we collected. Scott has done amazing things since we last met in building Redeeming Soles and is making an incredible difference in Washington. He provides shoes to numerous shelters, abuse centers and kids facilities facing poverty in the Puget Sound area. Scott is known to many on the streets as the “shoe guy” or “Scooter”. To me he is an inspiration. Not only is Scott Redeeming Soles but he is Redeeming Seattle and really making a difference in the lives he touches. I know he did mine.
Thank you Scott.