Kris Lokere via Crowdrise
April 15, 2013
BENEFITING: Saint Francis House, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Saint Francis House, Inc.
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
I am training to achieve perhaps the biggest challenge of my life: Running the 2013 Boston Marathon. I am dedicating my efforts to raise money forSt Francis House. St Francis House is a homeless shelter in Boston which offers food, shelter, clothing, medical care, mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, and career counseling to the poor and homeless.
I have never run a marathon before, but I have been a supporter of St Francis House for more than a decade. I am challenging myself to run my first marathon, and I would like to challenge you to make your most generous donation possible to help the homeless and to show me your support.
As if there was ever any doubt, I'm finding out that training for a marathon isn't easy! At times during a long run, you just want to give up and call it a day. But so far, I've been completing every workout on my training schedule, and it is donations from friends like you that keep me motivated.
At no point in my training schedule will I actually run a full 26.2 miles - I am saving that for marathon day, April 15, 2013. Well, yes, otherwise it wouldn't be my first ever marathon! On that day especially, when it gets difficult in the second half (heartbreak hill?), I promise to push through it by thinking about all the donations that you have made to the homeless people who are served by Saint Francis House.
Saint Francis House, Inc. wrote -
St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in New England, serving more than 800 men and women a day, 365 days a year. We help individuals rebuild their lives by providing a full range of basic, rehabilitative, and housing services, all under one roof. Our multi-pronged approach allows us to meet the complex needs of the homeless despite the economic climate.
In 2012 St. Francis House:
- Served more than 315,350 meals
- Provided 9,387 showers
- Distributed 6,985 changes of clothes
- Provided nearly 12,000 counseling sessions on mental health issues, substance abuse, housing, employment, legal matters, and other issues
- Partnered with Boston Health Care for the Homeless to provide 9,135 medical appointments
- Trained 156 people in our First Step Employment Program
- Graduated the 118th class from the Moving Ahead Program (MAP), our vocational rehabilitation program, whose alumni now number more than 1,300
- Provided 56 units of permanent housing in our Next Step Housing Program. Next Step helps residents prepare for independent living free from shelters and institutions.
The need for help has steadily increased since we opened our doors in 1984. (Back then, we served 150 people a day.) But our holistic approach has never changed, and we never turn anyone away.