Promise Level Sponsor
Location: 211 East 8th Street, Suite A, Lawrence, KS
Why do you sponsor the 5K? The employees of Kindred CPA, LLC appreciate the mission of Family Promise and want to support the ways in which it helps individuals and families in the Lawrence community.
Do you participate with Family Promise throughout the year? We partner with Family Promise by adopting a family each Christmas. Family Promise is also featured as one of our monthly nonprofits on our Facebook page.
Promise Level Sponsor
Submitted by Will Robarge, architect
Location address: 1040 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS
Years sponsoring the 5K Home Run: This is our first year.
Why do you sponsor the 5K? As a proud member of the Lawrence community for more than 35 years, we are committed to helping Lawrence residents thrive. On every project and with each decision we ask ourselves, ‘Are we helping someone thrive today?’ Continually returning to this question, we challenge each other to be better and design spaces that are more than just spaces. We design places where success happens and people thrive, both today and tomorrow.
This mindset isn’t limited to our projects. We strive to apply it to everything we do. From daily interactions with our clients to community service and outreach. Whether it’s designing new spaces or sorting donated items at a charity store, we are committed to helping others thrive.
About TreanorHL: TreanorHL is a national architecture firm with more than 175 architects and design professionals across nine offices. The firm specializes in advanced industries, education, healthcare, housing/mixed-use, justice, preservation, science and technology, and student life. TreanorHL is ranked No. 25 in business by the Journal of the American Institute of Architects, and is on the ENR 2017 list of Top 500 Design Firms. TreanorHL is headquartered in Lawrence, Kansas, with additional offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, San Francisco, Kansas City, Topeka, Atlanta, Dallas, and Boise.
Kurt J. Goeser State Farm Insurance Agency
Network Level Sponsor
Location: 1811 Wakarusa Drive, Ste 100, Lawrence, KS
Years sponsoring the 5K Home Run: This will be our 4th year.
Why do you sponsor the 5K? Family Promise is a special organization and an example of community partnership to address an important need. We are so thankful for the many volunteers and proud to be part of the support network.
Do you participate with Family Promise throughout the year? My family has actively participated in Family Promise host opportunities through our church for over nine years. Three times per year our church hosts a Family Promise group and we either share in one meal and most of the time my wife (sometimes me) stays with one of our three children overnight to give them a volunteer experience. Each child usually stays overnight with a parent once a year.
ATEC Services / Aaron Thakker
Bounce House Provider
Location: Eudora, KS
Years sponsoring the 5K Home Run: This is our third year supplying the bounce houses.
Why do you sponsor the 5K? I love what Family Promise is all about! We didn’t have a lot growing up, so organizations like this hold a special place in my heart.
Do you participate with Family Promise throughout the year? Yes. We’ve helped host and provide dinners. We have also enjoyed a fun night of bowling and entertainment with the families. We have donated some electrical work at some of the temporary housing units, and have helped provide a couple kiddos with bikes and helmets.
About ATEC Services and Aaron: Aaron owns ATEC Services, a commercial and residential general/electrical contracting business, as well as A&B Entertainment LLC, a bounce house rental company. Aaron volunteers and donates to a multitude of family- and kid-related local charities, including the Lawrence Community Shelter, KVC, Joy Meadows, Alpha Christian Children’s Home and Family Promise.
Why I Volunteer!
Dr. Robert and Katherine Dinsdale
Congregation: Vintage Church
How do you participate in the 5K? We volunteer. I (Bob) get to ride the pace bike. Every year at the Home Run I (Katherine) get to cheer like crazy as runners cross the finish line and then snip the timing chips off the runners’ shoes. It’s my favorite way to get a lot of sweaty, breathless hugs!
Years you’ve volunteered for the 5K Home Run: We’ve participated in all of them. (This year marks our 7th year!)
Why do you volunteer for the 5K? We volunteer because the work of Family Promise is life-giving for the guests, for us, and for our community.
How do you participate with Family Promise throughout the year? In addition to serving as a volunteer during our hosting time at Vintage Church, I (Katherine) serve on the Call to Community (C2C) committee, helping recruit and match volunteers to serve as encouraging friends to each family that enrolls in LFP programming. Serving as a C2C partner is a privilege, I think. I like being assigned a guest family and having the chance to come alongside them and get to know them a bit during the weeks they are in our program. Often those friendships last long beyond the family’s time in Family Promise.
Congregation: First Baptist Church
How do you participate in the 5K? I have walked and volunteered.
Years you’ve participated in the 5K Home Run: I have participated every year since it started. [This year marks our 7th year! – FPL]
Why do you participate in the 5K? It’s a fun, easy way to support Family Promise Lawrence with my family.
How do you participate with Family Promise throughout the year? I am a Family Promise co-coordinator and volunteer for First Baptist. I am a big advocate and supporter of Family Promise Lawrence. I have met and still remain friends with some incredibly awesome families and individuals through Family Promise Lawrence.
How do you participate in the 5K? I volunteer.
Years you’ve volunteered for the 5K Home Run: I have volunteered for 4 years.
Why do you volunteer for the 5K? I volunteer because I have seen the way that Family Promise makes a difference in the lives of families. This organization is important to me because, as a retired school teacher, I believe living in a stable environment makes a huge difference in how children do in school.
Congregation: Plymouth Congregational Church
Company employed by: Lawrence Police Department
How do you participate in the 5K? I volunteer. Last year I handed out water at the finish line, and this year I’ll help snip timing chips off runners at the finish line.
Years you’ve participated in the 5K Home Run: This is my second year.
Why do you volunteer for the 5K? This is an awesome way to get the community involved and make them aware of Family Promise, as well as raise money for a very good cause.
How do you participate with Family Promise throughout the year? On occasion I provide food for the meals served during Plymouth’s hosting week.
Why is Family Promise important to you? This model is an alternative method of keeping a family together in a safe environment. It also helps teach parents various ways to maintain a lifestyle they can afford once they graduate from the program.
Why I Run!
Submitted by Mary Adams, Community Serve Director
How do you participate in the 5K? We have a team each year, and many of our members volunteer that morning, too.
Years participating in the 5K Home Run: We’ve had a team every year. This will be our 8th year!
How do you volunteer with Family Promise at other times throughout the year? Supporting this run and hosting for the rotation program are our biggest areas of support.
Why is Family Promise important to your congregation? We absolutely love working with and hosting Family Promise! Many have found this to be their ministry to get involved in when they arrive at our church. We also love the connections we make with the guests through hosting. So really, it’s the connections and relationships that we love.
About Connect Church: Connect Church is a dynamic, intergenerational church comprised of people from many backgrounds. Serving is very important.
Company employed by: U.S. Bank
How do you participate in the 5K (run/walk, volunteer, sponsor)? I am a runner.
Years participating in the 5K Home Run: 5
Why do you participate in the 5K? Family Promise is a great cause, and I love running.
Why is Family Promise important to you? It genuinely helps families and I trust them.
School/Grade: 7th grade at Liberty Central Memorial Middle School
Congregation: Plymouth Congregational Church
How do you participate in the 5K? I run!
Years participating in the 5K Home Run: This will be my sixth year.
Why do you run in the 5K? To help the families in Family Promise. It raises money so they can get their own houses. Plus, I like to run.
How do you volunteer with Family Promise at other times throughout the year? We cook meals and stay overnight and play with the kids during our rotations.
Why is Family Promise important to you? It’s important because it gives homeless people a place to stay and food, and helps get them back on their feet. I like helping other people.
Harper, 18, LHS senior
Colin, 14, Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, 8th grade
Patrick, 12, Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, 6th grade
Brian 46, engineering manager of the marine division, Garmin International
Ashley 43, Pilates teacher
Congregation: The Greenhouse Culture
Years participated in the 5K Home Run: We’ve participated in the 5K for 5 years.
Why do you participate in the 5K? We love Family Promise, being outside and moving!
Do you volunteer with Family Promise at other times throughout the year? Throughout the year we enjoy staying overnight with the families, driving the van, being on the board, committees, and providing what we can, when we can. We are always blessed by our encounters with these amazing families!
Company employed by: The University of Kansas
How do you participate in the 5K (run/walk, volunteer, sponsor)? As a runner.
Years participating in the 5K Home Run: This next race will be my 7th year running the 5K Home Run!
Why do you participate in the 5K? When I first ran it in 2014, this event was my first-ever road race, and it was such a wonderful experience all around. The course is fun to run, the post-race activities are enjoyable, and all the volunteers are just so kind and friendly. It’s become something I look forward to every May.
Why is Family Promise important to you? The work that Family Promise does is so important for our community. Sometimes we all need a little assistance getting back on our feet, and Family Promise helps with that.
Company employed by: KU – Lied Center of Kansas
How do you participate in the 5K? Run
Years participated in the 5K Home Run: Last year was my first … and looking forward to taking part again this year.
Why do you run the 5K? I love running.
Why is Family Promise important to you? I became aware of Family Promise after my mother passed. I had all her furniture from her apartment – all pretty nice – and wanted to give it to someone, or an organization, that could put it to good use. Family Promise folks came over to pick it up and also told me more about the organization. I was very impressed and also knew that my mother would have LOVED her things going to such an important cause.
Rev. Matt Sturtevant
Congregation: Pastor at First Baptist Church of Lawrence
Years participating in the 5K Home Run: I think four. We have been out of town for a year or two on race day, but I remember runner shirts from green, blue and grey years, and a “please don’t run me over” yellow from the year where my family and I volunteered at a water stop.
Why do you participate in the 5K? It isn’t to win the race, that’s for sure! I love to run, especially with family members and church members, as I have done each year that I have run it. But I am never aiming for a medal! Instead, the reward comes from running with people I love, as well as helping an organization that I love. Family Promise is such a worthwhile group, and this is a fun way to connect folks in the congregation to their work. My profile pic is from a long trail run last fall with a couple of guys from the church. Bryan Miller and Scott Lamb have both supported Family Promise and the Home Run, and not only do we all like to run together, but we have this cool synergy in that we also all care about the work of Family Promise. And they are just the tip of the iceberg of First Baptist folks who run, walk, volunteer to hand out bagels, or do whatever at the race. I participate because it is a part of a year-long, church-wide commitment to Family Promise and their work.
How do you participate with Family Promise throughout the year? Our church hosts, so whenever our guests are here, I get to slip over from my office to the gym and check in on guests and volunteers. Plus, each week, our family picks a slot to host or spend the overnight. We are always watching to see if our kids are going to be the same age as the kids there that week. Depending on the families and the ages, we often overlap our kid’s ages with our guests’, so it is cool that they have something in common.
Congregation: St. John the Evangelist
Company employed by: University of Kansas, Achievement and Assessment Institute, ATLAS (atlas.ku.edu)
Years participating in the 5K Home Run: 2020 will be my 2nd year. (I’ve been running for 8 years, total.)
Why do you participate in the 5K? I run for fitness and to challenge myself. It’s even better if I can run for a good cause.
Why is Family Promise important to you? Family Promise is a great organization to help make stable and strong family lives. Housing is an important part of healthy living.
Editor’s Note: Can you believe Kevin juggled while running last year’s entire 5K?!?
Congregation: First United Methodist Church
Company employed by: Lawrence School District, Schwegler Elementary School
How do you participate in the 5K (run/walk, volunteer, sponsor)? I am a runner
Years participating in the 5K Home Run: I have participated for several years on and off.
Why do you participate in the 5K? I love that this race goes through downtown Lawrence. I am also a competitive runner, and this race always has great competition that push me and inspire me in my personal race.
Why is Family Promise important to you? I see how Family Promise is working to provide families with homes, jobs and a better life. There are students I have seen in my school who have benefited from the amazing work that Family Promise does right here in Lawrence.
“The Rock Hillers” from Rock Hill Church
Years participated in the 5K Home Run: This will be our 3rd.
Why do you participate in the 5K? We do this particular run because we love that Family Promise helps local families who need extra help. It is something that our kids in our church can do to serve and raise awareness for themselves for families in our city. We train for this race as a group. It has built comradery as we cheer each other on and many in our group have improved their times from the previous year.