In my real life, outside of Run Oregon, I work a lot with vulnerable populations. It is absolutely incredible just how many people and agencies are doing fantastic work, that most of the general public doesn’t have any clue about. I am happy to highlight one such agency, and the race that they are putting on to support youth in their community.
Hearts with a Mission serves homeless and at-risk youth by providing shelter, educational support, mentoring and transition planning in Jackson and Josephine Counties. They have been established in Medford for a few years, and just barely cut the ribbon on their new shelter for youth in Grants Pass this past week. If you don’t think that services like these are needed, you may be surprised to find that Hearts with a Mission has provided 621 teens with 23,931 nights of shelter in Medford alone.
Unfortunately, vital services such as these are often poorly funded and agencies like Hearts with a Mission have to find unique and creative ways to fundraise. From benefit auctions to charity rides, it’s just a necessary thing that need to be done to be able to continue to support youth. For the first year, Hearts with a Mission is putting on the first annual Homeless 2 Hopeful 10k and 5k to assist with serving this population. The race information is a little low key at this point (no race course posted), so go in with appropriate expectations for a race supporting a good cause.
Even if you aren’t in the Medford/Grants Pass area, you can still donate by texting H2HRUN to 41444. And honestly, I strongly encourage all of our readers to become involved in understanding the services in their area and consider getting involved. Kids shouldn’t have to live on the streets and have no future. YOU can become involved with one of the 20 or so agencies across the state that work with our most needy youth.
Homeless 2 Hopeful 10k and 5k (Grants Pass)
When: 830am on Saturday, September 10th, 2016
Where: First Community Credit Union (1551 Harbeck Rd)
Register: Online here; $25 for 10k and $20 for 5k (discounts for couples and families)