It’s simply tough. And few causes could align better with a Tough Mudder than foster care. For their safety, children are unexpectedly removed from their home and their world is turned upside down. The next morning they awaken to a new reality and loss. The road of foster care is not only tough for the child, but it’s tough for foster parents. Would this job description recruit you? “No guarantee of any tangible progress, the high likelihood of emotional turmoil in your home…” Yet when you talk to foster parents, this is exactly what they knowingly sign up to do. They love a child wholeheartedly and then, the vast majority of the time, they let that child go.
So that’s why we signed up for this race—it’s tough. We hope in its own way, our efforts will highlight the challenging commitment of foster families and raise essential funds to support these families and the children they serve. There are not enough families for Georgia’s more than 13,000 children in foster care. Promise686’s goal is to plant foster care ministries in individual churches, raising up hundreds of new foster families – over 100 so far! So while Promise has almost 1000 volunteers currently serving via 105 church partners, we require ongoing resources to equip many more churches, families, and volunteers.
Tough Campaign 2016 was a fantastic day! This year’s Tough Mudder includes 12 miles and 20+ obstacles – some more formidable than others. Our team grew from 16 runners in 2014, to 57 runners in 2015, to 100 runners in 2016! Last year we received 842 individual donations, were honored to have 34 corporate sponsors, and awareness was raised. All of this energy brings much needed attention to Georgia’s foster care crisis and our goals are even higher for this year’s campaign. We’ll need your help to keep the momentum going.
Coupling these hard-won resources with a solid solution that addresses the urgent needs of displaced children, God-willing our efforts again this year will lead to the best possible outcome – more loving homes for waiting children. That’s the point—the reason we run! It’s tough, and it’s worth it, and we’re ready to do it all over again in 2017! Will you join our Tough Team?!