Last year, I was at the Chicago marathon to cheer and support my
youngest daughter Daniella compete in her first marathon. What a privilege it was to be there and watch her run such a challenging race. I truly admire her determination and perseverance to run 26 miles and how exciting it was for me see her approaching the finish line and still sharing a beautiful smile!
The Chicago marathon unites some 50,000 runners from all over the
world and It was interesting to see hundreds of runners proudly display on their shirts the name of their favorite charity. Inspired by her accomplishments, the desire to run another marathon came into my mind; however, my last marathon was some 35 years ago!
About a month later, I was reading about the Chicago Marathon pondering the possibilities of running 26 miles again and how to be part of a charity really works. The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels was one of the first ones I saw and I was so impressed to learn of the work they do that my heart was captured. So, I've decided to train for this challenging run and very happy to part of the Our Lady of the Angels team!
The Mission makes a huge impact for over 1,000 families in the West Humboldt Park, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago and in the U.S., providing meals, emergency assistance, after school care, senior programs, school supplies and many more and better yet, establishes a Catholic presence in the West Humboldt Park.
The Mission is completely supported by private donations (no funding from the Archdiocese or public sources) and the goal this year, is to complete the renovation of the new outreach center.
I'm running this marathon for God and the works of this Mission, so please consider help me achieve this goal and improve the lives of so many families desperately in need. Any amount, big or small will help!
Thank you and God Bless!
Team Mission of Our Lady of the Angels will be fundraising through the
2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Shamrock Shuffle! Mission of Our Lady of
the Angels exists to provide material and spiritual support to the West
Humboldt Park, Chicago- one of the most challenged neighborhoods in the United
States. The Mission feeds about 1000 families a month, provides additional
material and pastoral support to families, youth, and senior citizens, and,
most importantly, brings the love of Christ to a neighborhood
desperately in need of hope. Funds will be used to complete
the renovation of the Mission's new outreach center to the poor in West
Humboldt Park, Chicago. The new outreach center will provide the very needed space for the
Mission's donation storage/ distribution, a handicapped accessible kitchen/
dining room, meeting space for neighborhood and retreat groups, and a 60+
bedroom retreat center for volunteers and retreat guests. Information about the
Mission at www.missionola.comInformation about the
outreach center renovation project at https://missionola.com/school.html We need your help to complete
this project! Be part of the miracle that is TEAM OLA!
The Mission is a 501(c)(3)
and relies entirely on the donations of private donors.