MINERAL RIDGE - Various fundraisers have been held recently to help the Fifth Sparrow with its mission of providing a transitional home for women leaving prison and returning to society.
The organization recently held its second annual 5K Freedom Fun Run and one-mile Walk for Freedom at Mineral Ridge High School which was attended by more than 150 participants.
In prior years, the event and other fundraising has generated more than $5,000.
Lyn and Eric Whitmer, co-executive directors of the Fifth Sparrow, said such fundraisers help to raise community awareness and community participation to real-life issues.
Lyn Whitmer said the home helps women leaving prison restore and rebuild purposeful lives as law-abiding citizens.
The center also licensed equine specialists who will facilitate a program using "Care Mares," where each woman will care for her own mare and develop trust. There will be daily horse handling activities such as feeding, watering and grooming.
For information, visit www.thefifthsparrowministry.com.