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Bel Inizio

Located in Houston, Texas, Bel Inizio helps disadvantaged women develop self-confidence and life skills through fitness and nutrition. Participants train to complete a 5K, which helps prepare them for the ultimate race — the race for a better life.

Houston has a generous giving community and great compassion for those in need. We have emergency shelters, transitional housing, and half-way houses. The agencies offer case workers, recovery programs, and job skills training. What gets lost, and is critically needed, is helping individuals achieve the self esteem and confidence that can come from an ongoing exercise and nutrition program.

Chevron Houston Marathon/Half Marathon
January 18, 2015
 Houston, TX

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings I drop the kids off at school at 7:15 and head down to Angela House to run with the Women of Purpose.  Angela House is one of five groups Bel Inizio is training currently.  We will all participate in a 5K on January 17, 2015- the day before I run a half marathon in support of Bel Inizio!  

 Though I have run many half and full marathons, I have almost always declined running to raise money.  Unless I have seen first hand how the money is used, I cannot ask others to donate.  Let me tell you-  this is a good program.   These women are making big changes in their lives.  The participants at Angela House are trying to establish a healthy and positive life after incarceration.  They know that returning to their former lives will no longer work.  Starting their day with exercise helps them feel better, which then helps them maintain sobriety and make better choices.  

 We stretch, we learn about nutrition, we walk, we run, we chat.  And through that time together these women learn that their health is the foundation to a better life.  They commit to that- and so do those of us who show up to support them, either in person or financially.   


Donations2Date: $2,675

Donor Donation Amount Donation Date Comment
Viviana Denechaud $50.00 1/14/2015 Wishing you an easy run! Kudos for your work with such s wonderful organization.
Alan Arnold $50.00 1/13/2015 Go ALEX go! Mimi and I are happy to support you and this great cause!
Elizabeth Trammell $50.00 1/13/2015 Run A Run!!!
Anonymous Donor $25.00 1/11/2015
Matthew Doan $510.00 1/8/2015 DeepTrend, Inc wishes BELINIZIO best of luck !!
Christopher Koontz $100.00 1/7/2015 Have a fun run and keep up the good work...
Suzanne Kupiec $25.00 1/6/2015 Have a great race for a great cause!
Holly Lee $100.00 1/5/2015 Go Alex!
David Morse $100.00 1/4/2015 Congrats Alex on your inspiring commitment!
Anonymous Donor $100.00 1/3/2015 What a Goodness!!! Wishing you strong legs and lungs for the race:0)
ANNE H., LEO $100.00 12/28/2014 Ladies, you are going to ROCK this RACE!!! Alex, I'm a better person for knowing you. Hugs!
Kimberly Van Gundy $150.00 12/22/2014
Kimberley Kaase $50.00 12/18/2014 Way to go Alex!!!
Carrie Gillette $100.00 12/17/2014 What a great organization - thanks for sharing this with us. Way to go, Alex!
Clint MIDGETT $100.00 12/12/2014 Awesome program - good luck!
Bethany Pedley $100.00 12/12/2014 Your generous heart is such an inspiration.
Anonymous Donor $50.00 12/10/2014 go girls!!
Jennifer Ducey $100.00 12/10/2014 Sounds like a great organization! Good luck!
Dena Sokolow $100.00 12/10/2014 Don't worry Alex. Harry and I will make sure you're well-trained! :)
Anonymous Donor $100.00 12/10/2014 Way to go Alex !
Travis Crabtree $40.00 12/10/2014
Erle Hoppe $100.00 12/10/2014
Patricia Carter $50.00 12/10/2014 Thank you for your support of this great organization! You will inspire them as much as they inspire you. Patricia
Anne Cleary $250.00 12/10/2014 Great job Alex! So proud of what you are doing here! Shawn, Anne and Kristen Cleary
Jeff Faircloth $25.00 12/10/2014
Kelly Apple $150.00 12/4/2014 Sounds like a great organization! Best of luck!
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