Last year I ran the Missoula Half-Marathon, and this year for some reason I decided to run the full marathon.
Adrianna's brother, Gabe (one of the Youth Homes House Managers) has shared many stories of how the funds raised for this event have had an incredible impact on the lives of so many children at Youth Homes Inc. so I thought I'd give it another go.
Additionally, with my own personal investment in supporting children through school counseling, I believe this is an extremely deserving organization that can use all the support it can get.
No different than last year....I realize budgets are still tight. Especially in the field of education (i.e. the majorit of family members, or close friends that will visit this page), where our salaries are not quite indicative of the time invested into our students. In any case, if you can offer any monetary or moral support, it would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, and take care.
p.s. Check out my personal page for a couple other pictures of some recent races.
Some additional information about Youth Homes Inc.:
Youth Homes is a Montana non-profit organization dedicated to caring for children and youth and their families who are in need and/or crisis.
Our kids are as young as three and as old as 18. They have experienced domestic violence. Their dads are not in their lives. They are abused. They are neglected. They have been exploited. They are homeless. They are unsafe at home. They have fled. They have been involved with child protection. They have broken laws. They are on probation. They have acted out. They have run. They have emotional challenges. They are sad. They have attempted suicides. They are angry. They lie. They are honest about their pain. They are running from it. They do not belong. But they all have hope.
We provide a refuge for kids that have no where else to go. We first stop the harm and help them feel safe. Then we give them a dependable routine with competent caretakers and build healthy relationships. We show compassion by staying by their side throughout their pain. We help them find, rely on and trust family. We concentrate on reconnecting each child to the greater community. Finally, we believe it is important to give them the foundation of a strong connection to us and confidence to find happiness in their future. To do this work well we must keep our word.
We have served children since 1971!