The Running with Hope 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run seems to slip through the cleavage of the Susan B. Koman Race for the Cure and the Buddy’s Race Against Cancer, yet this smaller run/walk event supports unique research and services provided by Redeeming Hope Ministries*, a local advocacy group working for social justice for the homeless and severely disadvantaged in Knoxville.

Redeeming Hope Ministries is located in the densely populated and impoverished Fort Sanders neighborhood on the north side of the University of Tennessee campus.

The 3rd annual Running with Hope 5K takes place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, at Circle Park Drive on the University of Tennessee Campus. One hundred percent of the 5k registration fees ($20 for students/$25 general public) will remain in Knoxville to help support Redeeming Hope Ministries ongoing research regarding the nutrition habits of the local homeless community, and programs like:

  • Food in the Fort;
  • Food Justice activism;
  • Classes on gardening, food preparation, food preservation, and stretching food dollars; and
  • Art Supplies

Eddie Young, the Director of Redeeming Hope Ministries, says “The radically poor do not have access to the aesthetic side of life. We will be renewing our efforts to provide a weekly opportunity to allow the disadvantaged to be expressive through art; to communicate what’s going on in their life right now.”

Michael Davis, the Vendor Coordinator for "The Amplifier." Photo by Judy S. Blackstock.

Michael Davis, the Vendor Coordinator for “The Amplifier.” Photo by Judy S. Blackstock.

Redeeming Hope Ministries most visible presence in the community is through its flagship project, The Amplifier, a monthly street newspaper reporting federal, local, and state news regarding poverty and homelessness. In an effort to dispel stereotypes about the homeless, the paper features profiles on local homeless individuals. The all-volunteer newspaper celebrates its 3rd anniversary this month, and it is sold around downtown Knoxville by vendors who are homeless and those who have recently transitioned to housing. Also this month, The Amplifier launched its Chattanooga edition.

AmplifierThe Socialize for Justice fundraiser for The Amplifier will be held at Preservation Pub (second floor) on Thursday, November 21 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. There will be live music and plenty of opportunities to donate. (Maybe this will become a quarterly event?) The live music schedule for Wednesday night is:

5p-6p: Ivy Latham
6p-7p: Blood Sausage
7p-8p: Corn Bred
8p-9p: Chamomile and Whiskey

In this season of giving, please attend one of these special fundraisers. Or you can buy, subscribe, or advertise with The Amplifier. There are also plenty of ways to donate or volunteer with  Redeeming Hope Ministries, too.

*Redeeming Hope Ministries does not proselytize. They do not have clients; they have friends. Participation in religious discussion or activity is not required to receive services.

© Debra Dylan, 2013.

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