48-Hour Challenge: An Astounding Run to Benefit ADRN

When God calls, how far are you willing to go? Two men took this challenge and ran…literally! They put their fitness to the ultimate test for the Lord running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours to raise money for ADRN’s Winter Storm Relief Fund. Travis McCormick and Kory Curtis’s passion for health advocacy and living play a part in everything they do. They spent the last few years training for an Ironman Triathlon and a 100-Mile Ultra Marathon. Sadly, like many plans in 2020, these races fell through due to COVID-19. In light of these major disappointments, they decided to take on an astounding new challenge. Travis and Kory heard of a new sort of endurance test created by a navy seal: a 4 mile run every four hours for 48 hours! Their intense training regimen of physical strength and mental might inspired the duo to use this challenge as an opportunity to help their community. They witnessed their ATX community in critical need following February’s winter storm and saw a perfect opportunity to make a difference. So they set their sights on raising $448.00 for ADRN through this 4 x 4 x 48 running challenge. The more…

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A Commitment of Stewardship and Trust

And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.” (Luke 12:42-43 ESV) At ADRN, we take God’s command to be faithful stewards very seriously. So, we’re deeply grateful to receive commendations for excellence from two organizations dedicated to reviewing nonprofits and their finances. This month, ADRN received the Excellence In Giving Transparency Certification due to our commitment to a higher standard of open and accountable relationships with donors. We’re also honored to have earned a 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, GuideStar’s highest level of commendation for nonprofits. “At ADRN, we are committed to the wise stewardship of funds we receive from our donors,” said Michael Gish, ADRN Chief Financial Officer. “This Platinum Seal of Transparency is a strong indication to all that we have placed great importance on financial accountability and transparency. We want to offer full assurance to our donors that all gifts entrusted to us fulfill the mission of our organization.” Good stewardship translates into trust, which translates into resources for the…

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Running 100 Miles For Hope: Seth’s Ultramarathon For ADRN

Would you run 100 miles to give someone hope? Seth Fry, a police officer and resident of Buda, TX, is no stranger to running the race set before him. While most might shy away from a long trek, Seth embraces it. He’s made a hobby out of running in a number of races, some well over 50 miles long. This year, Seth and his team trained for a 100-mile ultramarathon scheduled for December 2020. Sadly, the race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of throwing in the towel, Seth and his teammates decided to run their 100 miles anyway. Inspired by his running partner Jeremy, Seth decided to use this race to raise funds for a cause for the first time. He wanted to help families in crisis and knowing that #HopeIsEssential for their recovery, he chose to support ADRN. More than 200 donors worked together to reach Seth’s goal to raise $5.00/mile! Bundled up and hydrated, Seth, Jeremy, and David set out to finish what they started. “I need to mention,” said Seth, “(my running partner) Jeremy was the heartbeat of this 100 miles, setting the pace and leading the way. Our support man, David Lee, was…

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16-Year-Old Makes It Her Business To Bring Hope To Those In Crisis

Jennifer Fang founded her company Nutssosweet to support healthy eating and the Austin community at the same time. With some help from her younger sister, she makes and sells donuts, sweet bread, a variety of granola mixtures, and mason jars full of nutrient-dense nut butter. Nutssosweet’s organic products are more than just delicious and nutritious – they offer hope to Austin-area disaster survivors. Jennifer launched Nutssosweet at the end of April, reinforcing her interest in business while simultaneously helping those in the community suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. 80% of Nutssosweet’s proceeds go to ADRN’s COVID-19 and disaster relief funds, over $1000 so far. This young entrepreneur says she loves being a part of the small business community in Austin. “I’ve been able to start this business myself and been able to get into that [small business] circle and see it for myself,” Jennifer says. “It’s amazing! Every time I receive an order on my website, I’m incredibly grateful.” In between her school studies and social life, she’s managed to keep the company going and growing in the process. She says she’s looking forward to continuing the business and her support of ADRN through her high school years. “It’s definitely…

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Waiting in Faith On the Lord

Nearly one year ago, Gloria Gonzales found her house in flames upon arriving home from work. As she waited for the firefighters to arrive, Maria tried to fight the fire herself with the garden hose. “The water hose was all tangled up and I was screaming to my neighbor to help me!” Gloria recalls. Unfortunately, the house was destroyed before the fire department was able to put it out. And although she lost three puppies in the fire, she’s grateful for what she didn’t lose. “We lost a lot. We lost everything, but we’re still here,” Gloria said. “We just need to have faith and see what God does for us.” Gloria and her family are living in a borrowed RV trailer as they wait to rebuild their home. Her husband, a construction worker, has a crew ready to help them rebuild, they simply need building materials donated in order to begin the process. With most of our funds for disaster relief going toward those impacted by COVID-19 this past year, ADRN has not been able to donate building materials to the Garcia family. These are trying times for many, but we know God has good plans for Gloria and…

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