A Mission Worth Running For

The Caring People bring the unfailing love of Christ to Single Moms. It was founded in 1997 by Springfield, Missouri native JoDee Herschend. JoDee’ s husband Pete, serves as Chair of the Caring People and  is a co-founder of Silver Dollar City, our spectacular host for Run to the Lights.

Planting HOPE since 1997

Our model is based on a simple principle…unconditional love, forgiveness and hope changes lives. We deliver “hope” by partnering  caring, Christian women as mentors with Single Moms in weekly Care Groups in host churches mostly.  Care Groups provide a sound support system for Single Moms, who often parent alone in difficult circumstances. But, there is hope in Jesus!  Currently, Care Groups operate in 4 states: Missouri, Kansas, Ohio and Oklahoma. It’s our goal to plant thousands of Care Groups across the United States. But, it takes resources and that’s where Run to the Lights 5k makes a true impact.

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Our presenting sponsor, Elite Automotive, has been on board since our inception and we are grateful for their support. Of course, without Silver Dollar City and their extravagant service none of this would be possible…. or as special. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We are blessed to partner with amazing sponsors. All are vital in our mission to impact families with hope and unconditional love – the kind that lasts a lifetime!

Impacting Families with The Love of Christ

Every single step provides an opportunity for a mom to walk into a Care Group and be shown the love of Christ.  Thank you to our participants. Run to the Lighters….you matter, you make a difference. To learn more about getting involved,  contact us at 877-CARE-525.

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