MEMS 5k is back for a fourth year! There are some new and exciting changes this year. The 5k will be held at Murray Park this year. This course will give runners and walkers an opportunity to enjoy a different section of the River Trail and traverse the fabulous Big Dam Bridge.
This year, the fun and sweat will be in support of The Van. The Van is a homeless outreach program that takes the most basic necessities to our homeless neighbors and anywhere else it can go to meet needs. “To locate and love our unsheltered homeless neighbors”- The Van.
Enjoy a beautiful course, support a great cause, and… we almost forgot… THE COSTUMES! Costumes are not required, but are wholeheartedly encouraged. All costumed runners will be eligible for the costume contest following the run.
The One, Inc.’s mission is simply to locate and love our unsheltered homeless neighbors, wherever they may be.
We primarily serve these needs by going to the people. We visit current homeless camps, search for new camps, comb alleyways, check under bridges, and seek out people deep in the woods, etc. We take supplies such as food, water, clothing and hygiene products to people where they are. The One, Inc. seeks to build relationships with members of the homeless community so that we may then identify barriers to obtaining income and housing, and help our friends move beyond their homelessness. We are dedicated to be relational, as opposed to programmatic.
Groups of volunteers are utilized to collect, sort, organize and distribute in-kind donations. This is done almost every day of the week, as our volunteers’ schedules permit. Volunteers from many geographic areas work together to make this successful.