Runners Gather to Stamp out Homelessness
SOMERVILLE—On October 6th over 900 runners jostled into place at the starting line of the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s Annual 5K Road Race in Davis Square. Some participants were motivated by their chance at victory, others by the sunny skies, but all came out to support the work of the Somerville Homeless Coalition(SHC); which provides housing, case management, and food assistance for homeless and near homeless families in Somerville and surrounding areas. This was the seventeenth year that the Somerville Homeless Coalition put on this Road Race. Mark Alston-Follansbee, Executive Director of the Coalition, said “We are grateful for all the support we get for this race: from the runners, our sponsors, the City, the Auxiliary Police, and the wonderful Davis Square restaurants that donate for our brunch. We could not do our work with all of their help and I hope they know how thankful we are. The issues of hunger and homelessness can be solved when we work together; this is a great example of what a wonderful community we have. Thank you all.” Thanks to the support of willing participants and generous sponsors, this 5K race raised over $40,000 for the Coalition. For over 25 years, SHC has worked to “put itself out of business,” providing emergency and permanent housing to families and individuals, case management for all of our clients, and food pantries for the hungry. In 2011 alone, the Coalition served 1,447 people in our food pantry and prevented 225 people from being homeless. To find out more about the Somerville Homeless Coalition, please visit: https://www.somervillehomelesscoalition.org.