LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Nearly 400 people are expected to participate in the 2nd annual Mission at the Cross 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk Saturday in Laurel.
The event is a fundraiser for the Mission at the Cross, which is a homeless shelter and recovery center for men.
It can house up to 21 men at one time. Since it's founding in 2008, it has provided shelter for more than 600 men.
Organizers hope the event will bring in about $25,000.
"We're a free shelter and free recovery center, we don't charge our residents to come here," said Lance Chancellor, director of strategic planning and resource development for the Mission at the Cross. "We also don't accept government funding, so as a result, we rely on individuals, churches, businesses and foundations and fund raisers like this 5-K to help provide the operational funds that we need to keep the doors open each and every day," he said.
"Mission at the Cross has definitely been instrumental in my life for the last few years now," said David Edwards, a resident at the shelter. "It's a wonderful place. From the day I walked in this place, you could tell that God's hand was on this place," he said.
The race begins at 8 a.m. at the mission's location on S. Magnolia Street. Registration starts at 7 a.m.