A Safe Haven Announces Sponsorship Opportunities and Registration Now Open for the 2nd Annual Global Run/Walk To End Homelessness

For information, contact:
Neli Vazquez Rowland
Media@ASafeHaven.org

Chicago, IL – A Safe Haven Foundation A Safe Haven, an internationally acclaimed top Chicago-based 501 ©3 nonprofit dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness now accepting sponsors and opening up registration for its 2nd Annual Global Virtual RUN Walk To End Homelessness. Participants will be able to register to run or walk a 5k, 10k, ½ marathon and a Marathon and accomplish their running and walking goals during the week starting Saturday, July 17 to Sunday, July 25.

WHAT: Tens of thousands of people have participated in this highly anticipated annual Run/Walk To End Homelessness since its inception, in 2010. All proceeds go directly to help feed and house an average of 5,000 homeless people including reentry, women and children, youth and military veteran populations residing at A Safe Haven Foundation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the former live event pivoted from a live event to become the first-ever Virtual Global Run/Walk To End Homelessness.

All registered runners and walkers can sign up to receive a commemorative T-shirt and facemask gaiter.

Registration is open to participate or to donate to support the event at this link.
Now accepting sponsorships. Information can be found here

WHY: A Safe Haven invites the business community and the public to show its support and sponsor and/or sign up to be a part of the run/walk to help raise awareness and support for the urgent issue of homelessness. Due to the novel Covid-19 pandemic, A Safe Haven is seeing a surge in demand for food, housing, and services. Thousands of people that were living paycheck to paycheck have lost jobs, their homes and many essential workers have been infected by COVID-19 positive and in need of a place to isolate and get access to health and behavioral healthcare services.

Noteworthy was A Safe Haven’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Safe Haven quickly stood up a 100-bed Medical Respite to help isolate and heal the homeless and unstably housed in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health and Rush University Medical Hospitals. The Medical Respite was recently recognized with the Chicago Innovation Award for being the Best Response to Covid-19. A Safe Haven has since successfully helped over 555 vulnerable Covid-19 positive patients in their Medical Respite since April 2020.

The pandemic has hit the most vulnerable populations the hardest. Experts are predicting to have caused the largest increase in the history of the number of people who are suffering from the opioid and homeless epidemics in Chicago and around the world. As Cities and States are forced to cut budgets due to revenue shortfalls, this event has become an even more important fundraising opportunity for the organization to help meet the overwhelming demand by those newly homeless.

ASHF has been a pioneering architect and an anchor organization serving and meeting the needs of Chicago’s homeless since 1994. Their integrated network of behavioral healthcare, education, job training, social enterprises, and phased housing programs is headquartered in one of Chicago’s most poverty-stricken communities known as the North Lawndale community. ASHF houses and feeds three healthy nutritious meals to over 5,000 homeless people including adults, youth, families with children, and military veterans, annually.

WHERE: You can start and finish your race wherever you want, you can choose to run while at your favorite vacation destination, or start right outside your home’s front door.

WHEN: The virtual event will take place anytime during the entire week starting on Saturday, July 17 to Sunday, July 25. The date for the event opening ceremonies TBD.

For more information visit this link

About A Safe Haven:
A Safe Haven Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit, social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. A Safe Haven provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic and scalable model. A Safe Haven’s visible social and economic impact unites families, stabilizes neighborhoods, and creates vibrant, viable communities. For information, visit http://www.asafehaven.org.

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