Christian Lisowski Advances to Stage 2!

Christian Lisowski is a Medtronic employee hoping to raising awareness and funds for the Sulzbacher Center’s medical services by competing in the Marathon des Sables, also known as “the toughest footrace on earth.” Wish him well by sending him encouraging words at marathondessables.com, Christian Lisowski, bib # 544 and check-out his latest update below:

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Update from Christian Lisowski:

Another tough day, but not as bad as the dunes. The heat really kicked up today near 95 degrees. This stage was mostly flat with lots of sand and rocks, then more sand, then more rocks. This stage took over 8 hrs to complete. The running is very difficult as I’m basically running in ancient dry lakes and river beds and up mountains. The topography here is similar to new mexico, rust colored dirt, and high plateaus as big canyons. I’m back at camp now trying to recover for another dune day tomorrow, then the 50 mile non-stop stage which starts Thursday.

Thank you to everyone who has sent emails. It really lifts my spirits when they get delivered to my tent-they actually print them out. Keep sending them, it means a lot.

I will send another stage update tomorrow after the stage is compete.

Thank you all again,

Christian

 

Donate now to help him raise $1,000 in 6 days for the Sulzbacher Center: http://www.sulzbachercenter.org/content/run-christian.

Christian Lisowski Completes Stage 1!

Christian Lisowski is a Medtronic employee hoping to raising awareness and funds for the Sulzbacher Center’s medical services by competing in the Marathon des Sables, also known as “the toughest footrace on earth.” Wish him well by sending him encouraging words at marathondessables.com, Christian Lisowski, bib # 544 and check-out his latest update below:

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Update from Christian Lisowski:

Stage 1 complete!
The first stage was extremely difficult. 21 miles total. We started straight into the dunes for 9 straight miles. Dunes like you see in the movies. Upon exiting the dunes, we went into a dried riverbed which was extremely challenging as the wind was head on at 35 knots. It’s hard to even describe the sandstorms generated by this wind.

This stage was so challenging that only the elite runners could manage more than a power walk. The stage took me 7:05 hours to complete 21 miles. Toughest 21 miles I have ever run. We finished with more 700 m dunes then into base camp. 21 miles down, 137 to go.

Thank you to all the people cheering me on back home. I’m feeling tired, but my feet are in good shape and I’m in good spirits.

Tomorrow is a new day and brings a 26 mile stage. I will send another update at the conclusion of tomorrow’s stage.

Regards,
Christian

Donate now to help him raise $1,000 in 6 days for the Sulzbacher Center: http://www.sulzbachercenter.org/content/run-christian.

 

Donate A Day‬ for Education: Meet JoJo

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‪#‎DonateADay‬ for Education: gofundme.com/2020challenge!

Before Jo Jo and his mother Monica came to the Sulzbacher Center, Jo Jo was in danger of failing his classes. With a 1.5 GPA and the end of the school year quickly approaching, Monica knew a change needed to be made.

During their stay at the Center, Monica changed Jo Jo’s school and Jo Jo took full advantage of the help the Sulzbacher Center’s children’s department had to offer.

“The Center actually offered math tutors and college tutors would come in and help us and stuff,” said Jo Jo.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Jo Jo would take his homework over to the children’s building to be assisted by dedicated volunteers, including dozens of students from University of North Florida School of Nursing. Of all the tutors there was one who had a tremendous impact on Jo Jo and his ability to understand mathematics – Mr. Craig.

“Mr. Craig was a nice person. He understood me and he understood what I didn’t understand. He was also understanding when I messed up a couple of times,” Jo Jo explained.

One of the most amazing things that happen when children live at the Sulzbacher Center and are active in the children’s programs is that their grades tend to improve and Jo Jo was no exception!

Thanks to the hard work of Jo Jo and all of his supporters, Jo Jo was able to raise his GPA to a 2.7 in the last 9-weeks of the school year!

We’ve raised $6k in 20 days, but there’s still time to reach our 20k goal before our ‪#‎2015Transformations‬ this Thursday, October 15th! You can donate online at gofundme.com/2020challenge, host a fundraiser among friends, family, or coworkers, or purchase tickets to Transformations and be present for our big announcement.

Visit our website at www.sulzbachercenter.org/transformations to download a full ‪#‎2020Challenge‬ toolkit and to purchase tickets to the event. Together we can help end homelessness one person at a time!

For years, Monica and her son had no where to go until the Sulzbacher Center gave her a new lease on life.

Monica

In 2013, Monica lost her job and her apartment forcing her and her son JoJo into the streets. From hotels to abandoned apartments, they moved from place to place until they settled into a local shelter. Their stability was short-lived after three months and then, again, they had no where to go before finally receiving a family room at the Sulzbacher Center.

“For some reason, people think if you’re homeless or in that type of situation that you should look a certain way, dress a certain way, and carry yourself a certain way,” Monica stated. “There have been quite a few times where I’ve told people that I lived in a shelter and it was hard for them to believe.”

Monica took full advantage of counseling, parenting classes, and career exploration courses while living at the Center. One day, Monica’s case manager, Latonya Moore, shared some news that would open new doors for Monica and her son.The Sulzbacher Center, in partnership with First Coast Security, was offering a security course and license at no cost to its residents. Monica leaped at the chance to get back on her feet and successfully completed the security program.

With a new job, a new home was finally within sight. She pushed herself at work and saved every dollar she could to avoid using government assistance to secure an apartment. All of her hard work definitely paid off because on December 4th, Monica and JoJo had the keys to their new home.

“Wow! It was a great feeling sticking that key in the door and realizing where I was like a year ago,” Monica said remembering her first day in the apartment. “I worked so hard so I could have a really nice place to bring my son up in. It was really important because JoJo had already been through so much and I just wanted to put him in a good, safe environment.”

Today, Monica has been with First Coast Security for well over a year and she’s looking forward to working her way up the ladder. She fondly remembers her case manager as her biggest cheerleader and she continues to visit the staff at the Center on a regular basis.”Latonya would encourage me everyday, ‘You can do it. You can do it. You can do it,’ and I began to start believing it. And I did do it.”

We can help more mothers like Monica, but not without your help. One day of comprehensive services at the Sulzbacher Center is closely equivalent to $20. Help us raise ‪#‎20kIn20Days‬ by participating in the Sulzbacher‪#‎2020Challenge‬. You can donate online at gofundme.com/2020challenge, host a fundraiser among friends, family, or coworkers, of see what the Center is all about at our upcoming event, Transformations on October 15th. Visit our website at www.sulzbachercenter.org/transformations to download a full #2020Challenge toolkit and to purchase tickets to the event. Together we can help end homelessness one person at a time.