Over the last year and a half I have had the opportunity to work directly with LIFT participants by teaching nutrition classes. Teaching these idividuals is fun for me, however making them feeling important, recognized, and heard is very important to me. Homelessness is not just financial and physical, it is spiritual. I believe that God has called me to love and serve my community, to be the hands and feet of Christ. Working with LIFT and running with White House 2 White House is a priveledge and an honor I hold dear. I am running because even if it helps one, it is worth it.
"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?" -Luke 15:4
White House 2 White House is a 200+ mile, 36-hour relay with 12 volunteers running on Saturday, November 9th through Sunday, November 10th from Virginia Beach, VA to Washington, DC. The relay is designed to bring greater awareness to the homeless and hunger crisis in our nation. The goal is to raise funds supporting services the Foundation currently provides in the Hampton Roads community.
“We wanted to be heard, we wanted the homeless population to be recognized and not swept underneath the rug,” said Jim White, Founder of the LIFT Fitness Foundation. “And what better way to do that than to use the gifts we have and the health message we speak daily and run to the nation's Capital."
LIFT (Lifting spirits, Improving bodies, Feeding souls, and Transforming lives) was designed to motivate, energize, and inspire those in need to believe in themselves while unleashing their full potential. The motivation provided by the LIFT staff and volunteers, combined with professional exercise instruction and nutrition education helps improve each members’ physique, stress level, sleep, confidence, energy, and overall health. LIFT helps those in need feel they are a part of something, to be accountable to someone, and most importantly prove to themselves that they can overcome resistance, push past obstacles and make better choices. LIFT contributes to each participant’s job readiness by providing resume writing and interview skills coaching sessions, as well as consultations with vocational specialists to improve their knowledge of job opportunities in the community. The LIFT program focuses on motivating each participant to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually; empowering them to believe in themselves and pursue employment with increased confidence. As an end result, this is what transforms their lives.