As much as I enjoy Run Oregon, it is not my “real-life” job. While Run Oregon is generally a stress-free and positive endeavor, it’s not as rewarding as the work I do when I’m not writing about races and running products. Luckily, sometimes my two worlds collide – as is the case with the upcoming Homeless 2 Hopeful 10k and 5k, taking place on February 11, 2017 in Medford.
They did a fundraiser race back in September that was hand-in-hand with their opening of a new youth and young adult homeless shelter in Grants Pass. They also do work with youth and families in Medford as well, so this year’s race will head to the heart of Jackson County. Here is a little bit about Hearts with a Mission:
Hearts with a Mission serves homeless and at-risk youth by providing shelter, educational support, mentoring and transition planning in Jackson and Josephine Counties. 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.
As is the case with many social services, there is a responsibility for fundraising to keep doors open and services provided. Hearts with a mission has done benefit auctions and charity rides, and now for the second time, they are doing it with a fun run. I can definitely get behind that. The 10k and the 5k are both paved out and backs on the Bear Creek Greenway, with the 10k heading north and the 5k heading south to kick off the race.
Even if you aren’t in Jackson or Josephine Counties, you can still donate online. As you sit in your warm homes this winter, just know that there are kids who are sleeping on the streets who have been a victim of a variety of abuses and trauma. Youth shouldn’t have to live on the streets and have no future, and luckily there are people like Hearts with a Mission who are providing a roof and services to get them on the road to success.