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Start Date: December 27, 2019
Hi everyone! I am so excited to be training for my first marathon and in my city--the 2020 Chicago Marathon! I started running when I was 14 years old when my dad encouraged me to pick a sport in high school. Little did I know that my seasons of cross country and track years ago and weekly runs with the family dog would eventually lead me to a marathon! Running has been there for me during the greatest and hardest seasons of my life and I am ready to lace up my shoes and be a part of this big race.
For the past eight years, I have known about the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels and have been lucky to go to the mission and volunteer with friends. 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 raised from Team OLA 2020 will be used to complete the renovation & begin the programing out 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 45+ bedroom retreat center for volunteers and retreat guests. The facility will be opening this year.
Information about the Mission at www.missionola.com
Information about the outreach center renovation project at https://missionola.com/school.html
I am so proud to be a part of Team OLA for the 2020 Chicago Marathon! I've seen firsthand what the Mission is doing for the West Humboldt Park neighborhood and I want to help be a part of the change. Due to of the impact of COVID-19, the Mission needs our help more than ever, as the sisters and brothers are on the front lines feeding and sheltering those who need it most. I'm so inspired by their efforts and I appreciate you considering helping me in my efforts to support this great cause! Every little bit counts!
The Mission is a 501(c)(3) and relies entirely on the donations of private donors.