Redeeming Soles is committed to providing proper footwear through nonprofit organizations, schools and other community events to underprivileged men, women and children throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Growing an organization that acts as a model for those in other areas of the United States also wanting to provide both footwear and foot care to those in greatest need.
Redeeming Soles collects new and used footwear via shoe drives and local drop off locations along with donations from many shoe manufacturers and local running shoe retailers. All the footwear is stored at Redeeming Soles’ 1,200 square-foot distribution center where it is sorted by gender and prepared for many events including United Way of King County resource exchanges.
Scott Sowle came to Seattle, Washington in late 2009, a broken and hopeless man trying to escape a life of addictions and homelessness. He found that escape at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (SUGM). It was while he was attending their addiction program that Scott remembered the times he tried to acquire shoes while living on the streets and there were none to be found at local organizations in Salt Lake City and while at SUGM he witnessed their shoe shelves empty that the dream to help others began to materialize.
During Thanksgiving 2010 Scott hitched a trailer to a bicycle and ventured to the front of Seattle’s Columbia Tower, where he began to hand out flyers asking for shoe donations. The following week saw over 250 pairs of shoes donated, which help to fill the shelves at SUGM. This method continued over the holidays and by February 2011 individual interest grew into forming a nonprofit corporation, Redeeming Soles.
The following is a video from Seattle’s KOMO 4 News in 2012: