The HoBOOken 5K Halloween Run to End Homelessness is The Hoboken Shelter’s biggest fundraising event of the year! Our sponsors make is possible for the Hoboken Shelter to shelter 50 people nightly, serve 530 meals daily, and offer 1,000 showers weekly for those in need.
We want you to find out more about these great organizations! Meet 2018 Little Devil Sponsors Hoboken Grace who are donating $250 to the Shelter:
Tell us about Mile Square Church
Mile Square Church is a new Christian church in Hoboken, and we exist to be a compelling connection to Christ and the Christian community by creating a space where it’s safe to ask your questions and seek your purpose. We’ve only been in Hoboken for just over a year, and it’s hard to not fall in love with this place. Hoboken is a beautiful city with a rich history, and the community here is absolutely wonderful. We hope we can continue to bless this city and bless our neighbors as we continue our ministry here in the years to come!
You’re a sponsor of the HoBOOken 5K, why did you decide to support this race?
The HoBOOken 5K was one of the very first ways our pastor, Matt Lytikainen, got involved in giving back to the community in 2017. We sponsored that year as well, and it’s just amazing that we’re able to sponsor once again this year. The shelter is simply one of the best organizations in town. That they seek to not only give our homeless neighbors food and a bed at night, but also the resources they need to get sustainable work and a roof over their heads is so important. As followers of Jesus, it’s a no-brainer to support something like this.
Why is giving back to the community important to you?
Jesus taught that the second greatest commandment was to love your neighbor as yourself. Love is more than a feeling; it requires action. That’s why we believe it’s not merely good, but necessary to reach out into our community. The beautiful thing about love is that it doesn’t require a church building. Love goes beyond the walls and into the world, and that’s why we’re starting now even though we haven’t even had a worship service yet.
What is your favorite thing about the HoBOOken 5K race?
We think that one of the best things about the race is that it supports a great local non-profit. There’s so much need right in our own backyard! But also, simply put, it’s fun. Everyone can get in on the action––couples, parents, kids––and dress up in a banana suit. What other 5K does this? It’s awesome!