It’s your own Run or Walk at your own pace or join the race in-person at Peterwoods Park, Venetia PA or race wherever you are for our Virtual race
We're running to benefit the Veterans at the City Mission's Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans Home in Washington, PA
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or contact our race coordinator using the web form below
PAY $25 fee, T‐shirt included, for our In-Person race
PAY $35 fee, T-shirt included & mailed, for our Virtual race
If you are interested in sponsoring our Veteran's run, please contact Eric Smith - our Corporate Relations Manager at 724-222-8530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In past year’s runs, we had over 125 runners and walkers. All race proceeds will benefit City Mission’s 22-bed house for homeless veterans, which officially opened on July 3, 2018.
Honor a veteran in your life by dedicating your run to them. Feel free to create your own sign or plaque, or use this template
to commemorate your loved one. Please post a photo of you with your sign and make sure to tag City Mission and use #missionpossiblerun.
Here’s a list of songs
to download for your Mission Possible Run. They’ll remind you of what’s great about America...and underscore the debt we owe to the veterans who have, for centuries, protected our precious freedoms.
Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House
Mission President/CEO Dean Gartland had long dreamed of a program for homeless veterans. Along with having a son who is a Marine Corps combat veteran, he has had countless experiences with veterans who needed a place to heal right in our own back yard. "They served us, now let's serve them" became the mantra of the City Mission as the $2.8 million dollar veteran's facility was added to City Mission's Capital Campaign.
Through the tireless efforts and contributions of the community at large and even organizations far removed from our community, the Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House opened its doors on July 3rd of 2018. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, the house will "care for him who has born the battle."
The Veteran's House accommodates 22 veterans. The house is arranged in 3 floors. The first floor is dedicated to providing medical services to the City Mission at large.
The 2nd and 3rd floors are the residential areas for the veterans. 11 veterans occupy each floor - each floor is comprised of 7 rooms providing individual occupancy (as shown on right) and a 4-man common "Quad" area.
Each floor has a common kitchen and living room area along with bathroom and shower facilities. The floors are rounded out with laundry, maintenance, office and storage spaces.
The City Mission is grateful for each individual who has served in the military, and because of this, we have devoted a 22-bed residence in our program specifically to this population: The Crabtree Kovacicek Veteran’s House, opened in July 2018.
Our veteran residents participate in the Life Recovery Program and also receive care from local veterans’ services. Research shows that veterans recover best when they are in fellowship with, and surrounded by other veterans. The City Mission continues to build and strengthen relationships with Veterans’ organizations and has created a program that meets the specific needs of this population.
They served us. Now let’s serve them.
Kevin came to City Mission in 2017 and is approaching 2 years clean and sober. Before coming to the Mission, he struggled with addiction and had been in and out of treatment facilities for 15 years. A veteran of the US Navy, Kevin has been living in City Mission’s Crabtree Kovacicek Veterans House since the day it opened.
”Everybody has a story. Veterans are using drugs and alcohol to numb their pain and deal with PTSD. They aren’t getting the proper care they need. I’m happy I can be a part of helping veterans.”
“I wanted to be a better person, a normal person in society, like I used to be. City Mission gave me hope when I thought hope was lost. I got my life back at City Mission.”
Jeff came to City Mission severely depressed and malnourished. He said, “I was broke as broke can be.” He had suffered the loss of wives, children, property, and wealth. It took time for him to get his strength back, during the first few weeks he was required only to eat, rest, and heal.
Once he regained some strength, Jeff participated in the Work Therapy program, first in janitorial and then in the distribution center warehouse.
“City Mission has done wonders for me. “It’s really been a God-send. As a vet, it takes me a while to trust people. But God is love, and the City Mission is love. The staff here has shown God’s love to me in a way I’ve never experienced before.”
In 2018, Tim, an Air Force veteran, was living in a hotel behind a bar. He had lost his Mom and his job of nearly twenty years in 2010, and his life had been slowly unraveling ever since. “Before I came here,” he said, “there wasn’t a single activity in my life that didn’t involve a drink – even taking a shower.”
“This place affords you all the opportunities you need to heal,” he said. “It’s not a homeless shelter in the way you think. They offer career placement and medical care and classes. It’s a place to heal your mind, body, and spirit. When you heal physically, it helps with your recovery, and that helps you re-establish your relationship with Christ.
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