Doing Good: Race raises $50,000 for local organization that supports pregnant teens

Runners came out on Saturday at the Capital City Club in Brookhaven to run the Frosty Fun 5K, raising awareness and money for Kindred Spirit. The organization, based in Vinings, focuses on reaching out to pregnant teens who need a safe place to live to during pregnancy.

The idea started eight years ago by Carol Covington. “I was inspired to do to give back,” she recalls. “My family and I have been very fortunate, and it was a cause that just came together to provide these young ladies a safe place to be.”

The program also allows young girls to live in the home as they go through a rigorous program that provides periods for educational focus (for those not in school), reading, assigned chores, devotional, medical visits, appointments, and training, as well as games and outings.

“A lot of our girls have been abandoned by their families, so we want to show them a space of love, but also give them guidance to make them independent women after they leave the program,” said Executive Director Melody Gardner. After the girls leave, the program also follows up with a one-year after care program ensuring the girls have stayed on track and continued with their education.

The organization started housing girls three years ago, and has helped over 30 girls to date. As the organization grows, the help of volunteers is needed to ensure the success of the program. “People can bring meals during the week, or teach our girls how to cook,” said Gardner. “Also, we encourage people to come take our ladies to weekend outings or even take them volunteering in the community. We aim to develop the girls socially so they are well-rounded and successful.”

With the help of the community, the race raised $50,000 that will benefit the center’s program and its expansion to help more young girls in the Atlanta community.

To volunteer with the Kindred Spirit, visit www.kindredspiritfamily.org

In other news: Located in Marietta, Rocky Mount Elementary School has launched Project Write It Forward. The school is encouraging the students and the Atlanta community to write and send hand-written letters to family members and friends all over the country helping students master the art of narrative and persuasive writing.

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