BENEFITING: Youth Homes
EVENT DATE: Jul 14, 2013
In 2011 and 2012 a group of us walked the 13.2 miles to prove to ourselves that we could...and even though we did it, we were left feeling as though something was missing. This year we decided to walk with purpose - we are walking to benefit children. My charity of choice is the Missoula Youth Homes; an organization that cares for at risk children. Here's an excerpt from their website:
About Youth Homes...
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.
This speaks to me as a mother, and a grandmother... and I hope it speaks to you as well. Please help me to help raise money for this very worthy cause.