The mission of RunningWorks is to use sport and education to empower individuals and families to break cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness – one stride at a time.
Our programs promote the real-life application of values accrued through sport. Our core values are respect, discipline, teamwork, accountability, honesty, dependability, education, endurance, family, morality, commitment, independence, giving, service, trust, volunteerism and willingness. Each of these fundamental values has proven invaluable in encouraging the hundreds of men, women, children and young adults we serve to attain their collective and individual goals in life and sport.
Through partnerships with local nonprofit organizations and human service agencies, RunningWorks operates satellite programs at five program sites throughout the Carolinas in Mecklenburg, Rowan and York Counties. Each session consists of a run/walk followed by a life skills session or workshop seminar on a variety of topics designed to prepare our team members for self-sufficiency and independent living.
We offer the following programs:
RunningWorks for Adults
Our pilot program launched April 12, 2012 in partnership with the Urban Ministry Center of Charlotte, North Carolina. Now operating out of our team headquarters near Uptown, this program continues to serve homeless adults and those who are at risk of becoming homeless with the ultimate goals of securing employment and permanent housing. In addition to our flagship program in Charlotte, this program is also offered in partnership with Rowan Helping Ministries in Salisbury, North Carolina.
RunningWorks for Children and Young Adults
This program is designed for youth in foster care and adolescents transitioning out of foster care. Statistically they are at an increased risk for poverty, adult homelessness and/or incarceration. We focus on building resiliency through life skills and linking youth and young adults with positive mentors and community resources for education, job readiness, talent development and financial planning. This program is currently offered at The Relatives On Ramp Resource Center of Charlotte, which serves young adults ages 16-24 many of whom are transitioning from foster care or mental health services and dealing with homelessness or unstable living conditions. We also offer the program at The Palmetto School at Children’s Attention Home in Rock Hill, South Carolina where we oversee the physical education program for abandoned, abused and neglected children.
RunningWorks for Women in Recovery
This program is offered In partnership with Charlotte Rescue Mission’s Doves Nest, a residential Christian addiction recovery program for disadvantaged women. The goal is to encourage women battling addiction by empowering them through sport. Our curriculum centers on health and wellness, completing the circle of a mind-body-spirit approach to treatment. Our hope is that by participating in this program, the women at Doves Nest will be better prepared to leave treatment and lead a healthy and productive life when their time comes.