There was plenty of walking, running and even some dancing out in Elkhart’s Island Park Saturday afternoon.
The SPA Women's Ministry Homes held its 8th Annual 5-k “Walk the Walk” and Run on Saturday.
SPA stands for Social and Personal Adjustments. It is a 6-month residential program that helps women get back on track after tough times in their lives, including struggles with addiction.
100-percent of the money raised on Sunday will go towards the everyday needs of these women during their time in the program.
Many SPA graduates also came out to show their support for their fellow women.
Mary Russell, a graduate of SPA Women's Ministry Homes, says, “I was one of their first graduates 16 years ago and I’ve been connected ever since I'm a lifer there I love everything that's happening there it’s all for the kingdom of God and transforming lives.”
Sandra Bontrager, Exec. Director, SPA Women's Ministry Homes, says, “Well most of the women that come into the program have no finances so we have to raise all that money to sponsor each of these ladies.”
Carrie Zickefoose, SPA Women's Ministry Homes, says, “We've had a phenomenal turnout we couldn’t have asked for a better turn out it just goes to show that people really think that this is important and they've come out to show that to us so we're encouraged by that.”
SPA is currently the only residential treatment program for women struggling with addiction in Elkhart County.