My name is Jenna Mark and I am absolutely thrilled to be running the 2020 Boston Marathon on behalf of Horizons for Homeless Children!
As many of you know, I moved to Boston almost 6 years ago and this city quickly became my home. In April, I will be running in hopes of giving back to a city that has given me so much.
Horizon's for Homeless Children is a vital non-profit in Massachusetts working to address the crisis of child homelessness. Today, a heartbreaking 1 in 24 children experiences homelessness in Massachusetts. These children have twice the rate of learning disabilities and three times the rate of emotional-behavioral disorders than children who are housed. Through early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services, Horizons provides essential resources needed for these children to keep up with their peers and for families to break from the cycle of poverty. Every Horizons classroom has a bilingual teacher and support staff that is specially trained to address the unique circumstances homeless children face. While the children are in the classroom, Horizons’ Family Advocates work closely with parents to help get them back on their feet by providing services ranging from parenting and financial literacy classes to connections with educational opportunities.
I am running in hopes of raising $10,000 for Horizons to help give these children back their childhoods. I invite you to join with me and please help me make these miles count--every contribution is greatly appreciated! Thank you for your support.