The Frosty Fun 5K returned to Atlanta on Saturday for its annual family-fun run. Runners came together at the Capital City Club in Brookhaven to raise money and spread awareness for Kindred Spirit, a Vinings based organization that focuses on providing housing for pregnant teens.
Overall, the race raised $50,000. The funds raised will be used to improve the center's program and its expansion to help more young girls in the Atlanta area.
The organization began housing girls three years ago and has helped over 30 girls to date.
In addition to housing, the program 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.
Once the girls complete the program, there is a one-year aftercare program that ensures the girls have stayed on track and continued with their education.
With the expansion of the organization, the help of volunteers is needed. "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."
Those interested in volunteering with the organization are encouraged to visit www.kindredspiritfamily.org.