BENEFITING: Homeless Prenatal Program
EVENT DATE: Jul 31, 2016
Howdy all, I'm excited to announce I'll be running the San Francisco half marathon on July 31st. This past March, after not running more than a mile in 24 years, I regrettably ended my streak and have since started running 4 times a week. Mostly up and down hills, as this is San Francisco and we only have hills, unreliable weather, and gentrification.
While I'm not worried about finishing (being 24 years old, in good health, and possessing dashing good looks), I am looking to make my run a little more meaningful by raising money for a good cause. The charity in question? The Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco. While only some of you reading this have been to SF in recent years, it is impossible to move around this city without seeing the human misery brought on by homelessness. It's an affront to human dignity, and its constant presence only serves to desensitize the soul.
Despite being a Democratic party stronghold, city hall and the state have been woefully incompetent at meaningfully helping those in need, and victims drift from shelter to street to the ER, and then back to the street. The Homeless Prenatal Program seeks to end this cycle by focusing efforts on at risk and homeless mothers, by offering supportive, non-judgemental case management, and helping clients to design a plan for health and self-sufficiency.
Many case managers are former clients themselves. HPP is rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator and I bike by their building daily, commuting to work. They've been working in the community to break the cycle of poverty for 25 years, and I'm proud to support their efforts.
Seeing as me finishing isn't the concern, I figured I needed to add an incentive. I'll be matching the first $500 donated, dollar for dollar, and I've started the pot at $100 to get the ball rolling.
Any donation, big or small, means a lot to me. Thank you very much.
- Alex Matevish