Hey Friends and Family,
I am excited to announce that I am officially a proud member of the Plummer Home for Boys 2015 Boston Marathon Team, running alongside some pretty great moms I know!
You would do anything for your kids right? And if you don't have children...chances are you have parents and families who would do anything for you. I've actually brushed my kids teeth for them, when they were little of course...just to be sure it gets done properly. As a mom, it's my job and my pleasure...everything from brushing teeth...to homework...to tying shoes....to the really big important stuff. There are lots of kids that don't have moms to do that, and many right here in our community. The Plummer Home in Salem, MA provides a safe haven for young men and girls who don't have families of their own...it supports them, teaches them, helps find them families and encourages them to become strong successful adults and impactful members of their community.
I can't brush other kids teeth, that would be awkward and probably borderline illegal so instead....on Monday, April 20th I will tie up my own shoes in Hopkinton and take the first step of 26.2 miles to the Boston Marathon Finish line for the kids at the Plummer Home in Salem. They should know that there are moms that will go the distance for them, in an effort to raise money to sustain the amazing facility, volunteers and programs that the Plummer Home provides them.
This is my first Boston Marathon, the last time I ran 26.2 miles I did it in NYC and as great as it was, I wasn't sure I could do it again..physically and mentally, let alone 4 years later (#4yearsolder).....but like I tell my kids....you should always have a goal no matter what it is...no matter how big or how small....always be working toward something and when you achieve your goal...set another. The Boston Marathon is my new goal, dream and bucket list; and I'll take it on with all the challenges that come with it. Because nothing easy is worth doing.
The goals for the kids at the Plummer home are far more challenging than what I'm about to do...but I hope they see the message in my efforts and it inspires them to always have a goal and work hard to achieve it, especially when it might seem the odds are stacked against them.
So, I am asking for your support in helping me reach this goal of raising 5,000 for the kids at the Plummer Home... team effort what do you say?....you help with that, I'll take care of the running part and together maybe we can help change some kids lives.
With much thanks and gratitude!
Plummer Home serves young men and women who have been bouncing around the foster care system for years, or who are at risk of entering the system. We find them families, teach them skills and connect them with community.
Founded in 1855, the mission of Plummer Home is to provide adolescents innovative support and services, in a safe and nurturing environment, to build the relationships and skills necessary for successful adulthood.
Why we do it
Because annually, more than 23,000 youth who have been living in group care or foster care leave the child welfare system with no permanent family.
By age 24:
- Almost 4 in 10 will experience homelessness
- More than half will be unemployed
- 2/3 of the girls will become pregnant
How we do it
Our holistic Model of Care is focused on:
- Finding kids permanent families
- Preparing kids with skills, and
- Connecting them with their communities
Where we do it
- Group Home for 12 boys between 13 and 18 years old.
- Supported Apartment for young men ages 16–22. On same premises as Group Home.
- Community-based 1-bedroom apartments for young men or women who turned 18 while in group care or foster care.
- Foster Care for girls and boys birth to age 22, though we prefer to work with older youth. Currently serving 17 children; anticipated growth to serve 50 children in three years.
- On Point Teen Resource Center for youth at risk of being removed from their families for having minor brushes with the law. Also serves neighborhood youth.
Learn more at: www.plummerhome.org