Monday, January 15, 2007

A New Beginning

“When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." - Audre Lorde

A new year, new goals, new race schedule -- just as the turn of the calendar provides us with the opportunity to recommit to creating a bold vision for ourselves, Genesis Home provides the space families need to be reborn.

Genesis Home works to end homelessness for families with children, and for young people, by providing shelter and teaching the life skills that foster independence. Since 1989, the agency has provided a safe, stable place where families can come together, rebuild their lives, and prepare for permanent housing in the community. Genesis Home's transitional housing program, Family Matters, helps families build their skills and address the unique factors that led to their homelessness. In 2004, Genesis Home launched the Independent Living Program, which serves homeless youth that have aged out of foster care or who otherwise find themselves homeless. These young adults have nowhere to go in Durham and are typically routed into adult shelters where their special needs often go unfulfilled.

We decided that 2007 would be the year that we would go longer and stronger. Rachel is a seasoned sprint triathlete, while Robyn still considers herself a tri-newbie, having completed her first three races in 2006. This year, we both decided to amp up our training, our race goals, and our personal commitment to using our strengths in the service of our vision. We're following Tri Newbies online 18-week training programs (sprint and olympic) and we'll be using this blog to keep you updated on both our training and fundraising progress.