About the Charity

Weekly Care Groups For Single Moms

Weekly Care Groups For Single Moms

The Caring People was founded in 1997 by Springfield, Missouri native JoDee Herschend. The Herschend’s own and operate amusement attractions throughout the world. In the early 1990’s, JoDee felt God had a specific mission for her. As she prayed regarding this, she had a vision to touch the lives of others with the love of Christ in a real and tangible way -void of judgement and isolation.

JoDee created the Caring People comprised of caring committed, Christian women reaching out and mentoring Single Moms and their children with the love of Jesus. Small weekly “Care Groups” are held in churches throughout 3 states and internationally in El Salvador…who walk out this mission. It takes an army of strong, committed donors, friends, supporters and volunteers to make a lasting impact in their lives.

The Run to the Lights race is one of two premier 5K runs we hold each year to raise the necessary funds to support and grow this mission and in turn grow the number of Single Moms we are able to mentor.

Thank you for participating in Run to the Lights. You are making a difference with each stride!