St. Matthew’s House is launching the first-ever “Heroes for Homeless, 5K” in Ave Maria, November 19 and already over 250 people have registered. A family-oriented event to benefit the homeless of Southwest Florida, serious runners and weekend joggers alike can all be “heroes,” helping to solve serious community problems that may otherwise go unnoticed.
“Unlike larger urban areas, poverty in our area is spread out among vast expanses of Collier County in places many of us don’t see such as homeless encampments in rural, wooded areas, “ said Ellison. “In other parts of the county, families share residences, impacting children who face additional challenges in public school performance. Some have no other immediate options but to live in their cars.“
In Naples, the strong non-profit community, history of citizen engagement and financial support among institutions and individuals address mental disorders, substance abuse and lack of education and job skills. These efforts have had a significant impact on reducing homelessness in the city and Ellison wants to extend that community support throughout Collier County.
St. Matthew’s House has seen over 1500 individuals in its housing and rehabilitation initiatives over the years. Of those, 75% have secured permanent employment through catering operations, thrift stores and other social enterprise businesses. .
St. Matthew’s House has partnered with several organizations to ensure all family members will find their own version of fun at the event which is held at the lakes of Ave Maria. For example, a sizeable rock climbing wall be on hand. So will public safety heroes from the Collier County’s Sherriff’s Office and Immokalee Fire and Rescue, who will be demonstrating the latest techniques in law enforcement and emergency response.
The $30 entrance fee is reduced by registering online at the St. Matthew’s House website, students can participate at half-price and there is no cost for children 6 and under. All proceeds go to St. Matthew’s House to fight homelessness, hunger, substance abuse and poverty.
For more information visit http://www.stmatthewshouse.org/5k.
ABOUT ST. MATTHEW’S HOUSE
For almost thirty years St. Matthew’s House has provided innovative solutions to fight homelessness, hunger, substance abuse, and poverty in Southwest Florida. We are a 501(c)(3) which does not depend upon government funding, and our 100% donation model allows all operating expenses to be covered by unique social enterprises.