Founder of the non-profit, Dawn Sandoval, says they serve the Roanoke homeless population in several different ways. Some of their services include opening their building for showers, laundry, and hot meals, providing a “warming bus” during colder months, and even helping homeless people find affordable housing. Sandoval says the money raised from the race helps make all these resources available.
However, over the last six years, the word about the 5k has spread beyond just Roanoke. Angelia Pippin and Pam Crawford are two friends who say they love running (especially in tutus) and want to show their support for the cause.
“We came from Bedford County, so we drove about a little less than an hour this morning. So, it’s fun to see local people and then a little less local people all coming together for something that means so much,” said Pippin.
Sandoval says they raised about $20,000 from this year’s event and had three times as many runners as they did the first year of the race. She says she hopes to see even more people come out to the race in years to come.
For more information about The Least of These Ministry and ways to volunteer, visit their website.