Announcing A Safe Haven Foundation’s 6th Annual 5K RUN! To End Homelessness
Chicago, IL – June 8, 2016 – A Safe Haven is proud to announce the 6th Annual 5K RUN! To End Homelessness. The 5K RUN!/Walk will take place on Sunday July 10, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in beautiful and historic Douglas Park located at 12th Place and Farrar Drive. The day will also include a FUN RUN for kids under the age of 12 (pre-registration is required) so the whole family can get moving and have fun! Both individuals and teams can register through the event web page at: www.RunToEndHomeless.com. All are welcome and encouraged to bring family and friends as we stand/walk/run together in solidarity to support our neighbors in need.
We are also proud to announce that the event is supported by over 95 Elected Officials, representing government at all levels from throughout the State of Illinois. We are grateful for the support of over 60 sponsors, and major corporate and business association throughout Chicagoland and the state of Illinois who have stepped up and are rallying to support the cause.
One of the leading causes of homelessness is Behavioral Health, both addiction and mental well-being. Due to the growing concern of opioid addiction affecting all communities, A Safe Haven’s leadership have decided to dedicate the 2016 5K RUN!/Walk to the issue of recovery. And, in honor of Prince, who recently died of a prescription drug overdose; and honoring a growing list of celebrities and non-celebrities who have overdosed, A Safe Haven will be featuring a ‘Purple’ shirt to help reduce the stigma and to raise more awareness and support for recovery.
“At a time that the state is experiencing an unprecedented budget impasse that is affecting the funding to support the homeless in the State of Illinois, we are overwhelmed by the show of support by the entire community of stakeholders. I am grateful for the powerful voices, amazing individuals and teams that are participating in the 5K RUN! this year; and with their help our message will go a long way in helping us raise awareness and financial support. Since the beginning, the ASH model was designed to break the cycle of poverty by addressing root causes. By helping to empower and employ our neighbors in need throughout the state, we do everything we can as a leading Human Service organization, and as a caring community to help them get back on their feet with jobs and permanent housing,” states Neli Vazquez Rowland, President.
All proceeds from the event will exclusively support our efforts to fill current funding gaps to help the homeless individuals served by A Safe Haven Foundation. As an anchor organization, A Safe Haven provided services and housing to almost 4,500 people in need including adult men and women, families and military veterans last year. And, ASH is proud that 90% percent of all revenue raised directly support program and services, a benchmark that puts A Safe Haven among the top of all charities in the nation.