Giving Houston a Reason to Run

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Sunday, January 18, 2015, thousands of runners gathered at the starting line downtown before the morning light even crested over the buildings. These runners had all trained for months to participate in the Chevron Houston Marathon, and all had their own motivations driving them to the finish line.

Every year as a part of the Chevron Houston Marathon, the Run for a Reason Program helps runners directly raise money for charities. Run for a Reason provides an avenue for race participants, individuals and organizations to collect donations on behalf of an official charity of their choice. It also provides a platform for charities to raise awareness and educate others about their cause. In 2015, Run for a Reason linked 30,000 runners with 60 charities, and this year 29 athletes ran on behalf of The Women’s Home, helping raise nearly $16,000 for our program this marathon season. We’d like especially to thank the who had 16 runners supporting The Women’s Home.

The Home has been one of Run for a Reason’s benefitting charities since 2011, and the 2014-2015 Marathon season marks the fifth year in a row that the Run for a Reason program has raised over $2 million dollars for the participating charities. Since Run for a Reason began in 1995, runners have raised over $21 billion for various charities. Over $61,729 has been raised for The Women’s Home in the four years since we became a beneficiary of the program.

In addition to having runners on the streets, The Home had volunteers at one of the refueling stations the day of the race. Volunteers from The Home helped runners rehydrate and stay motivated, passing out Gatorade and water while cheering them on as the marathoners went past on mile 9 of the half marathon.

Congratulations and thank you to all the runners who made The Women’s Home their reason to run this marathon season!

Girls on the Run Support our Residents

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Some of the Women’s Home’s pint sized friends recently paid a warm and friendly visit to our residents at Jane Cizik Garden Place, our spring branch supportive housing community.

Dozens of girls ranging from the third to fifth grades from the nearby Treasure Forest Elementary School, delivered hygiene care packages after school one sunny afternoon day. It was a happy visit, and one that came after weeks of hard work and fundraising. The students are part of the Girls on the Run program, an after school program for girls ages 8 to 13. Their goal is to complete a 5k at the end of their school year. But part of the fun for these girls involves giving back. So the girls chose Jane Cizik Garden Place as their community outreach project.

Their effort began in early Spring, when the girls sold lemonade at the school. Their hard work paid off, earning more than 200 dollars. Then came deciding how to use the funds. After meeting with our staff, the group collectively decided to make dental hygiene kits, including toothbrushes, floss and toothpastes for the residents of all 84 of our units.

The girls were received by hugs and gratitude, with a handful of our residents in attendance for these donations. Our staff later distributed the rest of the kits to Jane Cizik residents. The girls shared the valuable lessons they learned like teamwork, charity and how they too can shape the communities around them.

We thank you Girls on the Run, and we look forward to many more neighborly visits ahead!