Running to End Homelessness

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Join and/or support Stepping Stone’s own Jeff Conner, Development Officer, at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth on Saturday, June 18, and help run to end homelessness. All donations collected will go directly to help residents of Stepping Stone.

“Please help me raise money for the residents of Stepping Stone. I am running this event to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness and the impacts of mental health struggles on the lives of those experiencing homelessness.

The cost to shelter a resident for one night is $45, so by raising $9,000 dollars, together, we will provide for 200 nights of shelter to help our neighbors become stably housed.

My story with Stepping Stone began as a volunteer in the kitchen, helping to serve and prepare meals. From there, I helped with the Jobs Club and mentoring of residents. At that time, I was a business owner and business coach.  When our youngest son, Waylon, died by suicide in 2019, my priorities shifted and I made the decision to help the residents of Stepping Stone in a more direct way, so I joined the team to help build support for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

I ran my first marathon in 2011, just after I turned 40.  I dreamed of completing a marathon each decade to welcome in the next chapter of my life. I’m a year late because of, you know, COVID, but here I go to celebrate my 51st birthday!

Please join me in changing lives by contributing to this fundraising event!”


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