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AGRM Conference 2015

Events, Inspiration, Rescue Missions

AGRM Conference 2015

No Comments 31 May 2015

agrm_logo_cmyk-largeGive Your Sole was honored to be a part of this years Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) annual conference taking place in Bellevue Washington May 27th-30th. AGRM has been on the sidewalks and in the face of what to many has been a faceless problem. AGRM-member facilities have a reputation for being havens of hope for all who enter.

Every year, 300 missions serve nearly 50 million meals, provide more than 20 million nights of lodging, bandage the emotional wounds of thousands of abuse victims, and graduate 18,000- plus individuals from addiction recovery programs.

Our partnership with AGRM is extremely valuable to our process of helping those in need. AGRM has a member organization with facilities and programs in most of the cities where the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series take place. Some of this
weeks highlights included:

  • Met with many interested rescue missions in cities where the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series takes place: LA, AZ, Philly, Nashville, Portland, San Diego, Denver, Dallas, and Virginia Beach
  • Were able to have a pair of Brooks shoes as the centerpiece for every table in the conference
  • Were able to share with all the attendees the importance of GYS’s relationship with Rock ‘n’ Roll and how it contributes to our success and coming to their city
  • With the help of our Washington state partner, Redeeming Soles, we were able to share the story of Brooks donating 3000 pairs and from Costco 1000 pairs to Washington homeless
  • Talked with churches who were in the line of Rock ‘n’ Roll routes to create a plan ahead of the race to reach out to their congregations to get involved in shoe drives and creating GYS running teams

It was an incredible conference showcasing the reach we have and how we can bring value to their rescue missions and communities.

Up next: The Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Expo in Seattle, WA – Thursday, June 11 – Saturday, June 13. We look forward to teaming up with our post event “feet on the street” Redeeming Soles at the Expo and Race.  Following on the heels of the AGRM conference we anticipate a record number of donations at this event!

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Red, White and Blue Weekend


Red, White and Blue Weekend

No Comments 19 May 2010

Give Your Sole is excited to be participating in this years Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball Red, White and Blue Memorial Day 5k/10k event.  The most popular minor league baseball team and Give Your Sole will be collecting moderately worn athletic shoes from participants attending this great event.  Shoe collections will begin at 7am and continue until 12pm located at the stadium (500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore, Ca. 92530).  Enjoy the day at the park after the race in the beer garden listening to live music while the kids play in the kid zone.

All shoes that are collected will be donated to the Temecula Murrieta Rescue Mission.  Their vision is to create a Rescue Mission in the heart of the Southwest Riverside County in the Temecula Valley to serve the Least, the last, and the Lost.  In order to successfully achieve this vision a joint venture has been developed between Rancho Community Church and the Orange County Rescue Mission.  The 2009 County of Riverside Homeless Count and Survey findings revealed that 2,043 homeless individuals were unsheltered and 1,323 were sheltered for a point-in-time total homeless population of 3,366 individuals. Data from the count and surveys were used to calculate the number of persons who experienced homelessness over the course of the year which equaled 11,191.

Make it a family event this Memorial Day Weekend and head to the ballpark to help those less fortunate by donating your shoes.  What could be more Red, White and Blue than spending the holiday with family while supporting a great cause!

Thank you for your support.

Orange County Rescue Mission

Orange County, Rescue Missions

Orange County Rescue Mission

No Comments 23 April 2010

Est. 1963

The Orange County Rescue Mission in Orange County California was founded in 1963.  Give Your Sole is excited to have the opportunity to be working with the mission as the main recipient of all the shoes that will be collected at the OC Marathon taking place over the weekend of Friday April 30th-May 2nd, 2010.

The Rescue Mission has many wonderful services to offer those who come through their doors.  The Village of Hope, a 192-bed transitional housing program for homeless men, women and children, opened in March 2008 with the arrival of 30 men from the Rescue Mission’s shelter in Santa Ana. The Children’s Dream Center, a 6,000 square foot center located on the Village campus, was completed three months later in July and the Rescue Mission began admitting single homeless women with children and intact families.

The Village of Hope is at 90% capacity, with a total of 169 homeless individuals consisting of homeless single men, single women, single women with children, single men with children, and two parent families. The largest homeless sub-population on the Village of Hope campus is single women with children.

The Village of Hope also offers: Spiritual and Personal Development, Case Management and Counseling Services, Medical and Dental Care, Workforce Development and Computer Training Center, Food Service and Dining, Child Development Center, Transportation Services and Recreation.

Whether you live in California or are traveling from out of town for the marathon you can play a part in helping this Rescue Mission by donating your moderately worn athletic shoes to Give Your Sole.  See you at the race!

Rise of the Phoenix

Arizona, Events, Phoenix

Rise of the Phoenix

No Comments 26 January 2010

Race Day Morning
Race Day Morning

It didn’t take the runners 500 years to rise up and breathe life into charity at the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona marathon and 1/2; they did it in three days. Give Your Sole received over 500 pairs of shoes throughout the weekend’s convention and racing events, which are already helping those less fortunate in the Phoenix area.

This was our first big event of 2010 and it didn’t disappoint. Our weekend started early Friday morning with a news segment on Sonoran Living, ABC – KNXV Phoenix local. Brett put his camera “shyness” aside and sent forth our message in crystal clear fashion. We were also able to gain the support of Miss Arizona, USA 2010 – Brittany Bell who happened to be in the studio audience that morning.

Tom with Miss Arizona showing her support
Tom with Miss Arizona showing her support

Off to the Health and Fitness Expo at the convention center where we were eager to meet and spend some time with Brenda Combs. Before I continue though, a great, big, huge THANK YOU needs to go out to all those who helped volunteer while in Phoenix. Without your support (Russ, Melinda, Jack, John, Jake, Kyle, Peggy, Steve and Helen) we would have never been able to do all that we did that weekend.

The Volunteers rocking the booth!
The Volunteers rocking the booth!

Imagine waking up one day to find yourself lying in an alley, not knowing how you got there, it’s hot – you’re confused, hungry and hurting. Looking around, all you see is broken glass, needles and sharp stones lining all paths leading you to more familiar grounds. You gather yourself to get back on your feet to walk to, well, walk to anywhere but there. It’s then you realize that if you’re going to take those necessary steps, you’re going to have to do so barefoot; someone has stolen your shoes. I’d like you to meet Brenda Combs.  One could learn a lifetime of lessons in spending sixty minutes with Brenda and her son Mycole as we did Friday afternoon, but it simply wasn’t enough time to capture her amazing story. More on that later…..

Convention bound – it was the first event of 2010 both Brett and I were able to attend and it was great to feed off each other’s energy and passion for purpose in Give Your Sole. We met some incredible people throughout the weekend. Some believed so deeply in what we were doing, they asked to wear a Give Your Sole t-shirt during their run of the marathon on Sunday.

Tom with Give Your Sole supporter Debbie
Tom with Give Your Sole supporter Debbie

Lunch with Team World Vision – Comrades in training, a heartfelt driven group of individuals whose compassion and cause goes beyond words.

These boys mean business when it comes to making a difference
These boys mean business when it comes to making a difference

Saturday morning we were able to meet with Brenda again and her husband Tony Carter through a retracing of steps where they were both homeless over ten years ago, from the 7th Avenue Bridge where hope was lost to the shoeless alley where hope was miraculously found.

Brenda and Tony
Brenda and Tony

It’s no wonder she is the ambassador of inspiration for Grand Canyon University, she has truly walked through many hardships and become a stronger individual because of these journeys.

While we’re on the subject of miracles, imagine if everyone that stopped by our expo booth on Friday, did so with a pledge to come back on Saturday with a few pairs of shoes to donate. Now imagine someone actually coming back with over thirty-five pairs. Thank you Robbie Sittman! A perfect lead into the marathon on Sunday, early morning – chill in the air, a grand setting for a “giving” day. Charity does not discriminate; neither does misfortune, homelessness, hope or guidance. This is what was shown to us throughout the weekend. Our gratitude goes out to all those who donated. After the race ended and over 500 shoes were gathered, it was time to call it a day. We were privileged to one more gift before leaving though, Brett noticed three big bags of runners clothes near a dumpster that were collected and left for trash. Certainly ten loads of wash would be worth the effort in picking them up to be donated with the collected shoes!

I met Nicole Pena, Shawn McCullam and Brenda at the Phoenix Rescue Mission on Tuesday to take part in giving the shoes to those in need. Though most of the recipients were a bit shy to the video camera, the images of gratitude they left with me will far outreach any words they might have spoken.

Nicole and Shawn from Phoenix Rescue Mission
Nicole and Shawn from Phoenix Rescue Mission

After all, isn’t integrity doing what’s right when no one is looking or more importantly when one needs no proof of what has been done.

Chicago, Rescue Missions

MorningStar Mission, Joliet Illinois

No Comments 11 June 2009


Give Your Sole had great success at the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon for our first event and now will be in Chicago!  All the moderately worn athletic shoes that are donated will go to help those in need at the MorningStar Mission in Joliet, Il.  MorningStar Mission is a non-denominational organization dedicated to relieving the spiritual and physical hunger of the poor.

With your help, we hope to really make a difference in the lives of those that are less fortunate in the surrounding Chicago areas.  The summers in Chicago are incredible but remember the winters are FREEZING.  Now imagine it without shoes on your feet.  So go dig in your closet, dig in your kids closet, and you guys – go dig in the garage and bring us all your moderately worn shoes so we can get them to the people that can use them.  Look for the event information by clicking on the “Events” tab located above.  See you there!

Rescue Missions, San Diego

Blessed Partnership

No Comments 22 April 2009

From left to right (myself; Herb Johnson, President of San Diego Rescue Mission; Jenna Stauffer, Event Coordinator

From left to right (myself; Herb Johnson, President of San Diego Rescue Mission; Jenna Stauffer, Event Coordinator

Today I jumped in my car and set off to go meet up with the folks in charge of the San Diego Rescue Mission.  Give Your Sole is thrilled to be donating all the shoes collected at this years San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to the mission.  Upon my arrival I found a parking spot right out front and fed the meter with what quarters I could find between my seats and under the mat…..hope it’s enough…gotta feeling it won’t be!

I was greeted by Jenna and Mark; both who were extremely kind.  I could tell right away they had found their calling as they made me feel at home.  I can only imagine they do the same for those that come in to escape the streets for a night.  Every night 60+ women and children come in for food and shelter and the staff at the SD Rescue Mission are ready for them. Once a hospital, the building is perfect for those that qualify for their year long program to have private rooms.

After an hour or more of taking the tour and visiting with Herb and the staff, I knew that Give Your Sole was blessed to be teaming up with them.   I also knew my quarters most likely had run out and the ticket on my car confirmed it…..$30 for an hour and a half to visit with some wonderful people who are no doubt making a difference in the world and their community…..worth every penny!

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