Cathey runs to raise funds for Family Promise mission

Families without a roof over their heads can feel like they’re running a marathon trying to find a home. That’s why former Family Promise of Anoka County executive director Junita Cathey decided to run a marathon to raise money for them.

Fueled by a passion to help the homeless, former Family Promise of Anoka County executive director Junita Cathey trains to run the New York City Marathon, raising funds for Family Promise every step of the way. Here, she crosses a bridge over Highway 169 on an Aug. 30 training run. “This bridge reminds me of the bridge that Family Promise offers for families on their journey to find a home,” she said. Photo by Sue Austreng

Fueled by a passion to help the homeless, former Family Promise of Anoka County executive director Junita Cathey trains to run the New York City Marathon, raising funds for Family Promise every step of the way. Here, she crosses a bridge over Highway 169 on an Aug. 30 training run. “This bridge reminds me of the bridge that Family Promise offers for families on their journey to find a home,” she said. Photo by Sue Austreng

“I am not a runner,” Cathey said, “but that’s why I want to do this: the journey from homelessness to a life of self-sufficiency can feel like a marathon journey with a lot of obstacles along the way and a family may feel as though they will never make it through.

“I’ve decided to bring awareness to this journey by taking on the task of running my first ever marathon and raising funds to support FPAC’s mission for families experiencing homelessness.”

Cathey hopes to raise $100 for every one of the 26.2 miles she runs in the Nov. 2 New York City Marathon. In other words, her goal is to raise $2,620.

“I know how hard it is to raise money to make your mission work. We have the people with the heart to make the mission work, we just need the money to keep the mission going,” said Cathey.

To make a donation to Cathey’s FPAC “run-raiser” visit www.crowdrise.com/JunitaCathey/fundraiser/junitacathey1.

Family Promise of Anoka County is an interfaith network providing temporary shelter, hospitality and case management for families with dependent children experiencing homelessness.

The network works with families who are homeless to tailor individualized plans to help them take the necessary steps toward lasting independence.

All FPAC guest families receive overnight accommodations at a local congregation; three meals a day; intensive case management; family day center/office with Internet access, guest phone, laundry, secure storage and showers; transportation assistance to school, work, etc.; and social support from volunteers.

According to its website, the Family Promise model of care costs one-third less to operate than traditional shelters. Through volunteers and local host and support congregations, every dollar donated is matched by more than $3 of in-kind goods and services.

Host congregations provide overnight shelter and hospitality on site within their facility. Partner congregations support host congregations by providing volunteers for the host week commitment.

To learn more about Family Promise, to offer your services or to make a donation, visit www.familypromiseanoka.org.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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