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Participants join journey with moms during Bridge of Hope Centre County Mother’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk

Emma Riley, 9, runs to the finish line ahead of her mom during the 5th Annual Bridge of Hope Centre County Mother’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk on Sunday May 11, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Military Museum.
Emma Riley, 9, runs to the finish line ahead of her mom during the 5th Annual Bridge of Hope Centre County Mother’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk on Sunday May 11, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. CDT photo

The ultimate goal is a home.

But the journey to meet that goal takes time, mentors, friendship, support — and money.

For single mothers who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, the goal is attainable through Bridge of Hope Centre County, a chapter of a national organization whose mission is to help women achieve permanent housing and financial stability.

“We walk alongside her in her journey,” Bridge of Hope Centre County Executive Director Regina Diller said.

And, on Sunday, others joined that journey by participating in the fifth annual Mother’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk to raise money for Bridge of Hope, a nonprofit that provides single mothers with rental assistance, budgeting skills, mentoring through local church congregations and guidance toward increasing their earning potential.

There are three women — with a total of six children — in the program, which costs about $12,000 a year per participant, Diller said.

In the past five years, Bridge has served 11 women and 19 children with the help of 67 mentors. And, “They’re all better off for having been a part,” Diller said.

Mother’s Day has special significance, with many participants making the event central to their day’s celebration, Diller said.

“Mother’s Day is the perfect tie-in,” she said. “It’s a reminder of how important mothers are and of the struggles single mothers face.”

Learn more about Bridge of Hope Centre County at centre. bridgeofhopeinc.org.

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