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Laurel Runs For Homeless Youth

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Raised by 58 people in 2 months
Laurel Hilbert—the visually impaired founder of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit A Dignified Home—is running the entire San Francisco Marathon on July 29, accompanied by ADH board member Chad Upham and Laurel’s service dog, Aero.

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Laurel, who himself was homeless, is doing this to not only demonstrate that nothing is impossible and that challenges are there to be overcome, but also to raise $10,000 in much-needed seed money to help his new nonprofit move forward in its mission …


HISTORY of A DIGNIFIED HOME

At age 21, Laurel Hilbert founded A Dignified Home because he knows firsthand the fear-tainted hopelessness of living alone on the street …

Likewise, having suffered the painful confusion of bouncing from one unstable living situation to another—relegated to a state of demoralizing disposability—he understands at his core—and supremely cherishes—the life-changing gift of a safe, serene and permanent place to call home …

As a visually impaired Syrian immigrant who came to the United States at age 17 hoping to attend school, Laurel’s journey was formidable from the onset. Knowing no English, he fended his way through a maze of challenges, ultimately finding a contented place where he was then able to move his life forward …

And that’s why Laurel started A Dignified Home—to spare others those pains and to nurture the dormant potential in young people who desperately need a stable, secure and sustainable environment in order to grow & thrive.


MORE ABOUT A DIGNIFIED HOME

Though it is a relatively new nonprofit, A Dignified Home, based in the Bay Area, has hit the ground running …

Turning the trauma of his personal experiences being homeless around to a positive, Laurel has embarked on creating a place where homeless young people will not have to worry about being asked to leave on a moment’s notice because the location is not sustainable, or because of a funding model dependent on outside grants limits the amount of time they can stay.

The mission of A Dignified Home is different—to foster and facilitate healthy personal growth for marginalized young people through a proactive philosophy that’s rooted in permanence and driven by a true belief in each individual’s unique potential to blossom and succeed …

This is an opportunity to create a place that these young people can truly call home!


FUNDING 

As A Dignified Home moves forward developing its 5-year Strategic Plan, seed money is greatly needed for the first phase of implementation. Our goal is $10,000. Your contributions will help offset initial administrative costs as we embark on the journey of creating a safe, sustainable and permanent home for young people at risk.


FIND OUT MORE

Our mission—and the goal of this campaign—is simple, but we are always happy to share more details about it … Feel free to contact us with questions at info@adignifiedhome.org  or phone us at (415) 513-5888.

Our website: www.adignifiedhome.org
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Chad and Laurel have completed their San Francisco Marathon run!

The below was written by our board member, Chad Upham reflecting on the marathon experience with our founder Laurel Allen Hilbert.

“Laurel Allen Hilbert did amazingly well. He pushed through the wall around 17/18 mile mark, but strained his knee on a down hill from Haight Street into the Lower Haight around mile 21. Nevertheless he persisted, walking steadily the final five miles, even when the surprise bump in the road would cause more pain. At one point he said “My mind wants me to quit, but I’m not going to.” Imagine the amount of extra energy and muscle strength needed to take each step of a marathon as a blind step of faith, trusting the arm you are holding onto, climbing hills you can’t see, surround by the pitter-patter of hundreds of pairs of shoes. Guiding Laurel allowed me to complete my third marathon with barely a thought to my own aches and pains, and a huge sense of responsibility and accomplishment to balance care and coaching to help him cross that finish line. I think the thousands who saw us pass by, or saw this segment on TV, ask themselves how they are taking on something seemingly impossible in their own lives and working to give a little more to others in their community. The marathon is over, but Laurel’s mission to prevent homelessness is not. I told Laurel at the start line “This is a Marathon, not a sprint.”
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Just a second ago, Chad and I started running the entire San Francisco Marathon. 26.2 miles to raise funds and awareness about A Dignified Home.

Today is an exceptional day! Not only for me, but all of us as a community. A little less than a year ago, I have made a promise to my board members at A Dignified Home and all of you that I will make homelessness a national priority and to end homelessness among children and youth with the involvement of all of you because I believe that ordinary people in local communities can do extraordinary things when they’re giving a chance, when their voices are heard, when they come together, and when they recognize themselves in each other. To this day and on, I hold true to that 100%.

Today will only put us closer to realizing that dream by 26.2 miles!!! Please support A Dignified Home by donating and sharing.
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Children and youth are the light of our future. To those of you who have donated and shared our campaign, thank you for being a reflection of that light!
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$3,501 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 58 people in 2 months
Funds raised will benefit:
A Dignified Home Children and Youth Services
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