SPANISH FORT, Alabama — In its fourth year, City Hope Church announces the Race for Hope 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Dumas Wesley Community Center located at 126 Mobile St., Mobile. Race proceeds will benefit the Dumas Wesley Community Center outreach services.
Registration is available online now for the 5K or 1-Mile Fun Run event on Eventbrite at Race for Hope 5K and Fun Run. Race entry fees are: $20 until Oct. 11; $30 day of race.
“The Race for Hope has been a great opportunity to bring our community together and provide much needed funding to amazing, charitable organizations” said Jim Gates, Outreach Director at City Hope Church. “We are thrilled to partner with Dumas Wesley Community Center this year. They do so much, with excellence, for those with great need in our area.”
“We are delighted to partner with City Hope Church with this year’s Race for Hope as beneficiaries. The proceeds will further enable the Dumas Wesley Community Center to carry out our mission to ‘educate, empower and enrich’ the disadvantaged members of our shared community,” said Kate Carver, executive director of the Dumas Wesley Community Center. “We place a special emphasis on personal responsibility, accountability, life skills classes and a long-term approach to solving, rather than blanketing the underlying problems among our participants. Our graduates are equipped with the skills and behaviors necessary for lasting independence.”
Carver also added that an attainable fundraising goal from this year’s Race for Hope of $32,000 would help Dumas Wesley house a homeless family for two years, or provide summer camperships for 40 underserved youth, or sponsor homebound meals for 38 at-risk senior citizens for one year.
DWCC's programs are designed to empower disadvantaged groups working toward self-sustainability and prosperity. For example, homeless residents attend life skills classes, seniors receive health and wellness information, and youth partake in tutoring and career-readiness workshops. Because DWCC encourages program participants to grow into productive members of society, its programs yield overall benefits to the community through higher earnings potential, more taxable income, and criminal justice relief.
In 2018, Dumas Wesley provided over 300,000 individual services for at-risk youth, low-income seniors and families experiencing homelessness.
ABOUT CITY HOPE CHURCH
City Hope is one church with multiple locations in Alabama and Honduras. City Hope's values make them who they are. These core principles are the heartbeat of City Hope. They are guided by their simple mission…to lead people to become fully alive in the true hope of Jesus Christ. Learn more at cityhope.cc.
ABOUT RACE FOR HOPE
Organized by City Hope Church, Race for Hope was launched in 2016. That year, more than 400 participants raised $28,000, which provided 800 pairs of shoes to students at Destiny School in Honduras. Many previously came to school with no shoes, shoes that were taped together or shared shoes with family members. Each student received a pair of new shoes from proceeds from the first Race for Hope. The 2017 Race for Hope proceeds of $24,000 supported an India-based Christian organization that built ten homes for single moms and widows in need of permanent shelter. The 2018 Race for Hope raised $28,000 which provided The Rose Center in Mobile, Al enough money to deliver a full year of services to their clients. The Rose Center is a drop-in center for young women who are severely at risk for trafficking or already being exploited and it provides services ranging from job preparation, to group counseling, individual therapy, and more.
ABOUT DUMAS WESLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
The Dumas Wesley Community Center was founded in 1903 by the United Methodist Women and was originally tasked with providing childcare to the disadvantaged families working in the cotton mills of Crichton, Alabama. Over a century later, DWCC is still located in Crichton, which remains one of the lowest income neighborhoods in Mobile, with an average household income of less than $20,000 annually. For more information, visit dumaswesley.org or call 251-479-0649.