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2018 PALM SPRINGS HEROES 6K - SAFEHOUSE OF THE DESERT

2018 PALM SPRINGS HEROES 6K - SAFEHOUSE OF THE DESERT Photo

The Story

EVENT DATE: Jan 28, 2018

The Palm Springs Heroes in Recovery 6K is a unique run/walk presented by Michael’s House. Foundations Recovery Network’s mission is to be the leader in evidence-based, integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through clinical services, education and research. The Heroes in Recovery movement started because, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 20 million people needed substance abuse treatment last year and did not receive it. About 10 million Americans did not receive needed mental healthcare.

The stigma associated with substance abuse and mental health disorders creates a significant barrier to individuals and families seeking help. It takes a heroic effort to live clean and sober each day, and Heroes celebrates that effort. The sixth kilometer separates a Heroes 6K race from a typical 5K to symbolize the extra effort it takes to sustain recovery. The six kilometers also represent the six letters in the word HEROES. These races inspire communities to support recovery, and they also encourage people to live healthy, active lifestyles.

SafeHouse of the Desert has been chosen as the 2018 charity beneficiary for the Heroes 6K in Palm Springs, CA. SafeHouse is the Coachella Valley's only 24/7 non-profit shelter for youths in crisis. Together with community support, we provide emergency shelter, intervention and outreach services. We help runaways, throwaways and victims of human trafficking. SafeHouse also offers a substance abuse program that helps teens address issues in a safe and secure environment.