Run for Shelter raises $20,000 for homeless ministries

On Monday, two area homeless ministries received checks for $10,000 thanks to last month’s inaugural Run for Shelter 5K.


Rusty Marsh of the Augusta Rescue Mission and Roger Gardner of the New Hope Bridge Ministry were on hand with supporters for a ceremony outside the Augusta Rescue Mission on Walker Street.

The April 28 race drew an estimated 250 runners and netted a total $20,000 for the two ministries.

Since 1965, the Augusta Rescue Mission has served homeless men in Augusta with an overnight shelter that offers hot meals, clothing and chapel services. The ministry runs a long-term resident worker program to help men find jobs and a place to live.

The Bridge Ministry of New Hope Worship Center in Grovetown holds weekly worship services under the John C. Calhoun Expressway bridge at 15th Street. Every Saturday, homeless men and women are offered hot meals, clothing, bags of food and hygiene kits.

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