People's City Mission 4th Annual Run 4 the Homeless

By: Stephanie Morrissey Email
By: Stephanie Morrissey Email

These runners weren't striving for their best time, they were taking steps to end homelessness.

A man directly affected by that issue: Michael Hamblin.

"Good morning Lincoln and the residents of Lancaster County. You guys are phenomenal, you're heaven sent," said Hamblin, a homeless runner.

He came to the 4th annual Run 4 the Homeless to get some exercise and say thank you to the community.

"There's not enough I can do to pay you people back, there's not. I'm a lover of words and I don't know enough adjectives and adverbs to describe you people. You're just marvelous and we are blessed," Hamblin said.

More than 600 runners and walkers circled Haymarket Park to benefit the shelter.

The Run 4 the Homeless helped raise money for the People's City Mission but it's also about the community connection.

"It also gives people a chance to understand more about the mission. We use this time explain what we're doing. Some of our guests are here so you get a chance to meet some of the great guests who are running. It's a chance for people to sort of connect with the issue of homelessness maybe in a more personal way than the normally get to,"said Pastor Tom Barber, race coordinator.

The nearly $25,000 raised will help more people get back on the right foot as well as fund the mission's growing clinic.

"They got me back on my spiritual walk. I'm clean and sober and I was baptized at Christ's Place seven months ago.I just want to continue moving forward," Hamblin said.

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