HUDSON VALLEY – Family Services is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the “50 Meaningful Miles” run by its CEO, Leah Feldman, on September 30th, 2023. This extraordinary 50-mile journey served as a profound symbol of resilience, unity, and the unwavering commitment to support individuals facing life’s challenges.
Feldman embarked on this physically and emotionally demanding run to raise awareness and critical funds for Family Services. Her determination and the symbolic significance of this run have garnered widespread attention and support.
The “50 Meaningful Miles” run was far more than a physical feat; it was a dedicated run in service of the Family Services mission. It represented the strength and resilience needed to overcome life’s obstacles and mirrored the journeys of individuals seeking hope and healing.
The run took place under challenging weather conditions, with rain persisting for eight relentless hours. Feldman started at the Ulster end of the Walkway at 4 am, navigating pitch-dark surroundings for the first three hours. Wet leaves and technical terrain made the 20 miles through Mohonk particularly demanding.
Despite the adversity, Feldman persevered, completing 50.25 miles in total, the final 2 miles pushing her 2 small children in a stroller, and surrounded by a group of first responders to guide her way. Her determination and commitment demonstrated the power of pushing through even in the toughest of times. She crossed the finish line just before 3pm on Saturday.
“50 Meaningful Miles” was not a solo endeavor but a collective effort that highlighted the importance of unity and solidarity. Throughout the run, dedicated team members, volunteers, and supporters joined Feldman, providing unwavering encouragement and embodying the essence of community support.
Partnerships with local organizations and individuals also played a pivotal role in this journey. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Troopers, Arlington Professional Firefighters, Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger, the Walkway Over the Hudson, NYS Parks, Orange County Regional Pipes and Drums, and many others lent their support, underscoring the significance of Family Services’ mission.
Feldman expressed her heartfelt gratitude to all those who contributed to this remarkable journey. Their dedication and commitment serve as a testament to the mission of Family Services, which is dedicated to supporting individuals facing life’s challenges.
The symbolic significance of “50 Meaningful Miles” resonates deeply with Family Services’ mission to provide hope, healing, and support to those in need. Feldman’s vision for this endeavor goes beyond the physical challenge; it is a reminder that, with determination and support, individuals can overcome life’s obstacles and emerge stronger.
The journey may be complete, but the mission continues. Family Services invites the community to join in supporting their goal of raising $50,000, further ensuring that everyone has the right to thrive.
For more information on Family Services and how you can contribute, please visit familyservicesny.org.
About Family Services:
Founded in 1879, Family Services brings people together to find the support they need, improving their lives and communities, and building a stronger, safer Hudson Valley. Our program areas include Behavioral Health, Victim Services, Family Programs, Youth Services, Community Safety, and Prevention. Last year, nearly 17,000 children, adults, and families benefited from Family Services programs in Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange counties.
Family Services also manages the Family Partnership Center as a location where the community can come together for conversation and the exchange of ideas, participate in athletics and arts programming, and where a variety of nonprofits and related organizations can co-locate and collaborate to offer enhanced services that create real access. Last year over 70,000 people took advantage of services or activities on this 100,000+ square foot campus.