I continue to be amazed by the depth of on-the-ground, heart-to-heart practical help that Run Your Race (RYR) provides in its community. For people who are out of work due to layoffs, lack of skills, language barriers and other factors, Barbara Miller and her small staff provide customized assistance for each client. Maybe the client needs help writing an effective resume, maybe they need to learn how to budget their funds, or they need proper clothes to wear or transportation for an interview. RYR also provides basic computer training, practice sessions for job interviews, language training, emergency food and housing assistance, large doses of encouragement and other types of help. Being a locally-run program/ministry, RYR is personally connected with their clients who area also their neighbors in their shared community. Run Your Race is not a large-budget program, but they would love to have added resources to help even more people learn to provide support for themselves and their families. It's a great blessing to everyone involved to see people move from hopeless, confused and insecure to become hopeful, trained and confident---productive and proud members of society. While RYR is excited to work with people from all walks of life and faiths, the principles employed to assist each person are based solidly on the love God demonstrates for all people. We need more of these types of local help programs.
When people in a community need help, I believe the help should come from as local a source as possible. Who better can understand the needs and provide specific help than a person's neighbors in a community. Run Your Race Ministries is a great local resource for the people of their community. There are personal relationships built and customized care given. The clients are not merely numbers in a computer waiting in a line and filling out forms, but they are treated with love and respect as unique individuals. The help is given from the heart, not to fulfill a job duty. Run Your Race is a great local example of how support and benevolence should be handled in communities all across this nation.
Run Your Race Ministries is one of the key resoures I use in my work serving those in need in Prince Georges County, Maryland. The unemployed and the under employed in the surrounding communities of Hyattsville, Maryland are blessed to be served by Barbara Miller and her ministry Run Your Race. I have referred many of my clients to her and most of them come back to inform me that not only are they now working but Run Your Race is still assisting them in upgrading their skills as they set goals for more rewarding employment.