Running as major effects on citizens emotional state, helps with depression and drug and alcohol use. Many times when a person is living without a home isn’t because they are lazy and don’t want to work. A lot of the times it’s because of everyday life situations that could happen to anybody such as a job lay off, domestic violence, etc. When people are living in situations where they don’t have a home, sometimes they feel down and don’t have much hope. This is why running is such a strong benefit to homeless citizens. According to the Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School, Walking quickly for at least 35 minutes, five times a week, can lessen someone’s depression. Also, exercise puts people in a more positive mood and regular exercise builds self-esteem.
Not only is running a benefit to homeless citizens, but it’s also a benefit to you too. Directions Home’s Team Home Run campaign gives you the opportunity to run side by side with homeless citizens of the greater Fort Worth area to raise visibility of efforts to end homelessness in the greater Fort Worth area. The Fun Runs are open to people of all ages and running abilities.You can register at directionshome.org or in person at Fort Worth Running Company. The $25 registration fee to join Team Home Run will provide you with a technical shirt, access to complimentary training runs, discounted purchases at Fort Worth Running Company and a list of designated fun runs to attend. You are not required to run any number of minimum or maximum fun runs.
In addition to running as a Team Home Run Ambassador, you could also donate to Directions Home or sponsor an ambassador. Running helps to give citizens confidence and hope that things will improve. It also gives people drive when they may not have it before. You can also volunteer at some of the Directions Home partner agencies such as ACH Child & Family Services, AIDS Outreach Center, Day Resource Center for the Homeless, Fort Worth Housing Authority, Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, and The Ladder Alliance.
It’s always nice to be able to have a place to call home. Unfortunately, not...