The marathon can humble you…but it will also inspire you.
Last year, I had the great honor and privilege to run my very first marathon. I state that it was an honor and privilege not only because the Boston Marathon is arguably one of the most prestigious and storied marathons in the world, but rather because I ran the marathon on behalf of FamilyAid Boston. I trained for 18+ weeks and ran 26.2 miles, knowing that—through training and fundraising-- I would be able to contribute to FamilyAid Boston’s heroic civic mission to prevent—and ultimately end—homelessness, one local family at a time.
This year, I’m back again and thrilled to be running the 2018 Boston Marathon on April 16th! My personal mantra is: “I believe that running is a gift…and it never takes more than it gives back.” Nothing would mean more to me (or make my heart burst at its seams!) than to have your unwavering support on this second special journey to the great 26.2 miles and aiding me in my goal of giving back $7,000 to local families in-need. A donation of any size will not only bring me one step closer to my personal fundraising goal, but will also provide a proper foundation in which families may build their own future successes upon.
A life without cause is a life without effect.
I think often of the kind of effect I can have on the Boston community through the act of running. Boston is the place I grew up visiting; the place I always knew I wanted to go to school, live, and work in; the place I beam with pride when talking about; the place that has given me so much to be grateful for; the place that I love to now call my home.
I believe that home is a place where you should be able to lay your head at night after a long, hard day’s work and safely dream of a better life; it’s a place where you should always be able to find a support system and an environment that is safe and stable; a home should serve as a foundation in which other successes can be built upon. For many families in Boston, home is not a place they know of or can count on; however, these are the basic, simple rights that the folks at FamilyAid Boston strive to change for the better by providing homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, supportive affordable housing, and case management to help families overcome crises and build a foundation for future stability.
The facts of life (from humble beginnings, has done great things):
Did you know? The number of homeless families in Boston has grown 34% in just the past four years. Due to stagnant wages, skyrocketing rents, and lack of affordable housing in Boston, many working families find themselves unable to obtain and sutain housing in an increasingly competitive market. And that’s just a couple of many staggering facts that has fueled this non-profit organization over the last century. From its humble beginnings in 1916, FamilyAid Boston was founded to help new immigrants find housing, shelter, jobs, and services and now serves 800 families (including 1,500 children) each year and shelters 280 families on any given night of the year.
How can you help?
No matter how much marathon training takes away from me (guaranteed: a toenail or two, hours of sleep, and possibly my sanity at times…), it won’t be able to top the amount that we, together, can give back to this community.
If you’re not quite sure what to give, here are some helpful starting points:
• $26.20 which serves as one dollar for every mile I run on the hallowed grounds of the great Boston Marathon or $52.40—exactly double the amount of 26.2--to pretend that you’re running the actual 26.2 miles right next to me!
• $35 feeds a homeless family in a shelter for just one day.
• $75 connects a homeless mother or father with an employment specialist who will help him/her write a resume and begin a job search, but $150 can help both parents (or two separate families) get ahead.
• $100 because I’m 100% sure that I will crush my second marathon in 2018 with your support.
• $200 because you’re 200% confident that I will, too.
• $300 ensures that an on-call worker is available 24/7 for one week to place homeless families in emergency shelters.
• $500 connects 6 families living in shelter with a social worker who will help them save money, get the services they need, and create a plan to get them back into housing.
• $1,500 is the average cost to resolve an at-risk family’s housing crisis, keeping them in their home and out of shelter.
The mission of FamilyAid Boston is to prevent and end homelessness, one family at a time. We embrace a comprehensive approach that focuses on the individual strengths of each family and provide services to meet their unique needs. FamilyAid Boston works with families at all stages of the journey from homelessness to housing by providing homelessness prevention assistance, emergency shelter and permanent, affordable housing in conjunction with support services. Along the way, we work with families to identify and address the problems that led to their current crisis. Our goal is for the families who we serve to remain housed, stable, and able to provide for themselves long after they graduate from our programs.
To learn more about FamilyAid Boston, its mission, life-changing services provided, family success stories, as well as other ways that you can get involved and make an everlasting, positive impact on these Boston families in-need, please visit: http://www.familyaidboston.org