YC Students to host 5K fund raiser event for homeless ministry


They are the invisible people living among us. The people whom mainstream American society often tries to forget. They are those living on the streets, lacking regular access to basic necessities.

Often, they lack one thing more--one thing that could change their lives permanently.

Job skills.

That’s the need Purple Door Coffee hopes to address. The cafe, which will open in Denver in August 2012, will provide training and jobs to teens who want to exit street life.

York College students are hosting a 5K walk/run event to benefit Purple Door Coffee on Saturday, April 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration for the event will begin at 10 a.m.

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The route will begin and end at the York Family Aquatic Center, located at 2222 E 14th St. in York.

The cost to participate is $10 for students, $15 for adults, and $25 for families.

There will be a tee shirt tie-dying station at the finish line. Participants can bring a shirt to dye, or shirts will be available for purchase.

YC alumnus Mark Smesrud ‘10 works with Purple Door Coffee and will be at the 5K event to promote the ministry.

Event organizer Alice Hackett is hopeful about the turnout for the event. A similar fund raiser she was involved in during the fall semester raised $2,000 for Tiny Hands International. She says so far the response for Purple Door has been very good. Fellow YC students Kristin Tuttle and Crystal Rush are coordinating this event with Hackett. They wish to recognize corporate sponsor Cornerstone Bank for their pre-event involvement.

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