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Give Your Sole + Union Gospel Mission

Rescue Missions, Seattle, video

Give Your Sole + Union Gospel Mission

No Comments 25 September 2010

CityTeam Ministries

Events, Rescue Missions, San Jose

CityTeam Ministries

No Comments 25 September 2010

We are excited to be heading back to San Jose for the San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon October 3rd.  Last year we collected 500 pairs of shoes that all went to help those in need in the local San Jose community. This year all the shoes we collect will be donated to CityTeam Ministries.

In San Jose, CityTeam Ministries is providing hot meals, safe shelter, showers, and clean clothing to this city’s homeless population. CityTeam also has a wonderful staff that care for and meet the needs of the youth and families in San Jose. A recovery program is in place for those men and women that are on a road of destruction from drugs and alcohol. CityTeam Ministries also distributes food boxes, backpacks filled with school supplies, clothing and household goods and furniture to families in need throughout the south Bay Area.

Thousands of people in the San Jose area woke up today hungry and homeless. For the poorest of the poor among us, this is real life. Living under bridges, rummaging through trash cans for scraps of food and desperately searching for other ways to survive. Many believe they are a throw-away society.

The CityTeam Rescue Mission restores hope, faith and dignity to the homeless who are easily overlooked in the community. Every night  homeless guests at the Rescue Mission are provided with food, a hot shower, toiletries, clean clothes, and a freshly laundered bed. A hot meal is often the first step to helping a homeless person get off the streets.

Even though running is considered an individual sport, at the San Jose Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 Marathon this year you can be part of a team, CityTeam! Make sure to gather as many pairs as you can, men’s, women’s and children’s, and donate them at the Health and Fitness Expo.  They always say there is strength in numbers, let’s prove it to those in need in San Jose by working together and donating another 500 pairs!

Chicago Rock ‘n’ Rollers Unite!

Chicago, Chicago, Events, Rescue Missions

Chicago Rock ‘n’ Rollers Unite!

No Comments 27 July 2010

Chicago Skyline

Chicago Illinois, to some is considered, “The Windy City”,  “Chi-Town, “The Chill”, “Chicagoland”, “The City of Broad Shoulders”, and even “New Gotham”.  To others living below the poverty level it’s considered just another place to survive.  The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless reports that there are 21,000 homeless people in Chicago on any given night.  Men. Women. Children. Families.

Give Your Sole hopes to alleviate some of the stress involved for these families when having to decide how to spend what money they do have. That is why we are excited to be partnering again with Breakthrough Urban Ministries and donating to them the shoes we collect from the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon Health and Fitness Expo.

Some of the shoes collected at the 2009 Chicago Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon

Over the past seventeen years, Breakthrough Urban Ministries has provided sanctuary to more than 10,000 homeless people in Chicago seeking shelter from the effects of poverty and addiction.

For seven years, Breakthrough Urban Ministries has provided a network of support to over 500 children and their families seeking hope for a better future.

Each year, Breakthrough Urban Ministries serves…

64,000 meals to homeless men and women.

240 homeless men and women who find safe harbor in Breakthrough’s shelters.

120 homeless women by providing 24/7 shelter and free health care to those without insurance or Medicaid.

I’d like to thank Arloa Sutter , the leader and founder of Breakthrough Urban Ministries, for all her and her team does to partner with Give Your Sole making this such a great event for both parties.

Being born in Central Illinois I’m always excited to be able to work with organizations in Chicago and those who want to give back to their hometowns. That is why for this event we are fortunate to also partner with the Luol Deng Foundation founded by Professional Chicago Basketball star Luol Deng.  While our focus continues to be on those domestically who find themselves homeless or in need, we also realize that many across the globe face many similar, if not worse, circumstances.  Recently, Adam Andre, the director of the Luol Deng Foundation, returned from a trip with Luol to his hometown in Sudan where he saw first hand the degree of poverty only few can imagine.  Being friends with Adam and him knowing we would be in town collecting shoes at this event he reached out to me in hopes of being the recipient of whatever we could offer from our collection efforts. That is why I decided since we would be collecting for 3 days that we would donate the shoes we collect on race day to help their cause.  I’d like to thank Adam and Luol for thinking of us when they saw a need for shoes and having the desire to work together in hopes of providing much needed shoes to those living in poverty in the Sudan region.  We are happy the timing worked out for us to be able to form such a partnership during this event.

I’ve come to realize that as much pain as we see, we aren’t going to be able to help everyone not only in our great nation but those abroad. However, seeing these things will never stop us from trying and if a friend of mine has a heart for wanting to help others, I’m not about to stand in his way should he come to me. Knowing the tremendous hearts that all the Rock ‘n’ Roll runners and participants have from doing so many events I’d like to thank you in advance for the donations you are about to be make that will not only unite our three great organizations but more importantly unite those who “have” with those who “have not”.

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

Psalm 133:1

New Friendships


New Friendships

No Comments 02 March 2010

Me with Michael Chitwood, National Director of Team World Vision

Me with Michael Chitwood, National Director of Team World Vision

When I started Give Your Sole back in May of 2009 I didn’t have a clue on where to begin. I’d been in the business world for years, opening and operating restaurants, switching to a career in sales, but decided that life had to be more about helping others, so along side of working in sales I figured, ‘How hard could it be to run a non-profit!’ I’m not so sure that “hard” is the best word to describe it as much as “time consuming”.

The great thing about the non-profit world is that when you call someone to share with them about your organization they usually are open to listening and often times eager to assist in any way possible to help you grow. In sales, when you call someone, people can’t get off the phone fast enough. One day in Chicago I made a call to someone who I was referred to by a contact I had in California.  My contact told me I had to call this guy at Team World Vision named Michael Chitwood and that he would have some great incite on getting started. Michael is the National Director and developer of Team World Vision.  I thought, ‘No way is this guy going to have time for me.’ Boy, was I wrong. Not only did Michael make time for me, but he’s made it a goal to do everything he can to make sure Give Your Sole is at as many events that Team World Vision attends.  Not because we give his organization the shoes we collect (fact of the matter is, we don’t donate any to them because we donate locally), but because he believes in our organization.

Here is Michael with some of the Team World Vision runners

Here is Michael with some of the Team World Vision runners

I’m a firm believer that as I meet people along the way of building this organization it is my responsibility to share with others the many great people and other non-profits I am introduced to along the way. Let me tell you a little about Michael. He is a young, energetic, long distance running, God loving husband, who has the heart of a lion and is willing to do anything to bring awareness to the poverty crisis spanning the globe. He’s one of those people who when you are around them you can’t help but want to tackle the issues that plague this world and attack them head on. He is currently training to run 50 miles to help change the lives of Africa’s Children.  He runs for The Ultimate Cause. He understands the sacrifices made to run a non-profit. He understands the joys and heartaches that come with the territory. He understands what it’s like when all you want to do is help people and run into resistance when trying to do so. He understands what it’s like to have a family while trying to influence the lives of other families that are broken. He understands what it means to be a friend to someone who is working to grow an organization with intentions of making it a lifetime commitment. He understands the pure joy found in bringing people together for a common goal to help those less fortunate.

Give Your Sole has blessed me with meeting incredible people that I never would have met had I not started this organization. I am grateful for Michael opening his heart to hearing what I had to say that first meeting about Give Your Sole and for the inspiration he continues to pass on. I have a long way to go in building Give Your Sole but know that by meeting people like Michael, the people who donate at our events and the people we donate the shoes to, we are on the right track.

It is by giving to others that we find ourselves as well as making friends in the process.

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