On Monday, April 20th 2020, I am running the Boston Marathon (finally) to raise money for Project Hope– a multi-service agency at the forefront of efforts in Boston to move families up and out of poverty. Project Hope provides low-income families with access to education, jobs, housing, and emergency services; fosters their personal success; and works for broader systems change.
Before I get to the Boston race, let me rewind to year 2013, start of my running journey. To a chubby and un-fit dude, who could not even run a 1/4 mile without stopping, running a QTR marathon was a big big deal. Started off running 10K runs in 2014, then kicked into high gear in 2015 by running my first marathon. Since then, running has become part of me. This activity (no no it’s not a sport) enabled me to re-connect with old friends from college as well as make new friendships.
On this journey, I have discovered the process of self-introspection. Early morning runs are great way to clear your thought process and running is such a meditative activity that it has become a drug of my choice. It’s simple gestures like smile from an opposing runner can lift your spirits and make you move forward. Did some goofy things like teaching how to say #Namasthe to opposing runners on Carmel monon trail, lost my wallet few times, made my elder brother run with me in Hyderabad. In the process trained in frigid Midwest winter months, ran on Mexico beaches, Hawaiian Islands, Banff/Jasper National Parks, high altitude Ladakh too.
In these past 6 years, racked up 6500 miles, used up 22 pairs of shoes, broke few iphones and collected some cool bling. Ran 25 odd races including #samcostahalf, #CarmelMarathon, #indymini, #monumentalmarathon, #GesistHalf, #bigsur2018, #nycmarathon2018, #freedomhyderabadrun2018, #chicagomarathon2019. By far, #bigsurmarathon2018 is the prettiest course I have ran so far and crowd support at #nycmarathon and #chicagomarathon were just mind blowing.
I am so excited to run the Boston Marathon to raise funds for such an amazing organization- Project Hope. I have committed to raising at least $10,000 for Project Hope. Located in the Dudley neighborhood, one of Boston’s poorest, Project Hope has worked in partnership with families since 1981.
The agency was founded by The Little Sisters of the Assumption, who, in response to the family housing crisis of the 1980’s, established one of the first emergency family shelters in the state and launched Project Hope.
Today the agency offers an array of direct services, including temporary housing, housing search assistance, adult basic education, childcare and job training, to assist families in gaining the resources and skills to overcome homelessness and poverty.
In 2006, Project Hope opened a new Community Building on Dudley Street, which also serves as a neighborhood center for job training and employment placement, adult education, housing assistance, and more. Just a few blocks away, Project Hope’s original site remains home to its Family Shelter. Empowering homeless and low-income families in Dorchester and Roxbury for 30 years is Project Hope's greatest achievement.
How Your Donations Help:
$25 – Cover school supplies for a new adult basic education student
$60 – Give a job seeker a professional outfit for her interview
$100 – Help with a utility bill for a family this winter
$200 – Provide a family with meals for a night in emergency shelter while we help them seek housing
$500 – Enroll a job seeker in our three-week Tracks to Employment program
$1,000- Furnish the living space for a mother and her children in their new housing
$3,000- Give an adult student a semester ofhigh school equivalency classes
$5,000- Provide homelessness prevention services to a family struggling to stay in their home