Santa's Holiday Hustle
Welcome to XChange’s first time partnering with Why Racing Events to present the 4th annual Santa Holiday Hustle 5k run/walk! Whether you are one of the lucky people who found one of the 300 #XChangeRocks Santa’s elves hid all over Southwest Washington or whether you are a long time supporter of XChange, we are glad you’re here! We need your help! XChange is a nonprofit that is vital to our community. For over 20 years XChange has offered long term housing with high accountability.and behavioral health services to men and women overcoming addiction. This year our Santa’s are running/walking with a message of HOPE for those caught in the grips of Fentanyl addiction. All the proceeds will support Fentanyl Awareness, XChange’s housing program, and program sustainability. Please join us by helping our Santa’s reach their pledge goals. Remember your donation helps others XChange their old life for a new life! That’s an AMAZING thing and that’s why #XChangeRocks.
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Meet the Runners:
Beth Learn coordinates the Children's Ministry for the Xchange Saturday night services at Living Hope. She's also a core fitness specialist and the founder of Fit2b.com and a podcast called Fit2B Radio. Beth holds a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science and multiple fitness certifications including Yoga, kickboxing, step aerobics, spin cycling, Tai Chi, pre/postnatal fitness, and more. She lives on 7 acres with her family and 7 chickens, 5 goats, 9 barn cats, a few dogs, and the occasional horse and cow. When she's not rounding up volunteers for Saturday nights at XChange or practicing workouts for a future Fit2B film session, you'll find her rummaging around in her garden, reading historical fiction, walking really fast, lifting heavy things, teaching local group fitness classes, picking blueberries, or scrolling for new research.
Pastor Bill (PB) Smith, is the Lead Pastor for Saturday night XChange Church service at Living Hope. He and his wife, Vicky have been recovery pastors in Clark County for 20 years, working with those who struggle with houselessness, addiction and mental health. Their hearts are to help those find their way out of the depths of addiction and the awful life that entails. They have 6 kids, and 7 grandkids and hundreds of adult kids they’ve adopted over the years in recovery. PB loves to spend time with his family, hunt with his brother in Alaska, when he can and mentor/minister men in recovery to help them become the men they are meant to be. Hope you’ll support Pastor Bill on this Santa Hustle run/walk… super out of his comfort zone being in a Santa costume LOL but heyyyy, it is for a good cause!
My name is Brian Norris and I am the Outreach Pastor at Living Hope Church. I also am the Executive Director of Live Love Outreach which is a 501c3 non-profit that serves our homeless population. I have a huge heart for the recovery community as I personally am in long term sobriety. In November, I will be celebrating 11 years of continuous sobriety from drugs and alcohol. I am married to an amazing woman and have two teenage girls. We love to serve in
the church and in our community through various outreach efforts. My hobbies consist of sports, running, and hanging out with friends. I love sharing the hope, and love that I have found in Jesus Christ!!
I love Jesus and He helps me love and serve others each day. I enjoy teaching God’s word and seeing the truth of God’s Word change me and others. My greatest gifts in this life are my wife, four children, family, friends, and my church family at Living Hope Church.
My name is Cam Oliver and I am the Youth Pastor at Living Hope Church. I am passionate about empowering young people through the Holy Spirit! I'm not much of a runner, but I'll run for a great cause like this!
My name is Jacqueline Alley, I am Coordinator for XChange Outreach and I am a person in long term recovery from opiates and other drugs. I lived on the streets for many years fighting everyday for my life.I hated everyone including myself and tried ending my life 7x. Since getting clean on 10/31/18 My life is more than I thought that I ever deserved. I am happily married, parenting 2 of my children in a place we all call home. Today I get to go back and help others fight for their lives. Showing them that they matter and this is not where their stories end. I connect them to resources and walk with them through life.
Hello there, my name is Julie A. Norris. I'm a self-employed domestic worker helping clients in their homes. I truly enjoy being the hands and feet for others. In 2004, I graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, with a minor in Psychology. Currently, I reside in Vancouver, Washington with my husband, two teenage daughters, and a doggy, and kitty. I have a heart for serving and fellowship at my home church. Presently, I volunteer on the worship team and am involved in one of our women's bible studies. At Living Hope Church, we are a family on a mission to love others and reach the lost. It's an honor to serve God alongside fellow believers in our church and in our community.In my free time, I love quality family time, exercising, playing piano, singing, traveling, reading, taking nature walks/hikes, and just hanging out with my pets
Ken Haas is a professional truck driver and commercial driver trainer. Over the course of his 35
year, career he has driven over 2 million miles! That’s 80 times around the earth! After high
school, Ken joined the military, serving our country in the US Navy. Although most of his military
time was spent in cargo handling, he was also a rescue swimmer. It was during his time in the
military he discovered the beauty of the Pacific NW and knew it would be a great place to call
home. Over the span of 23 years he was active duty and reserves, ultimately retiring as a Navy
Chief. Born in California Ken has always had an appreciation for the ocean. He enjoys
swimming, surfing, hiking, playing guitar and spending time with his family.
Born in Portland, OR, Niles Haas has lived in the Vancouver/Portland area of the northwest for his whole life. He spent many years doing classical ballet in his teens with Northwest Classical Ballet and even traveled to China to perform with other companies. Feeling uncertain in his younger years he worked various different jobs. Niles battled with crippling depression and addiction throughout his life and ultimately found himself with no home and on the streets for several years when things took a turn for the worst during the pandemic. Fighting to survive with a deadly addiction to fentanyl he spent several years in and out of treatment and Oxford. Giving sobriety another shot and having nothing to lose he found himself completing treatment and going straight to XChange Recovery back in his home town of Vancouver. He nows works a full time job as a merchandiser and manages the Heart Change house in XChanges housing program. He finds fulfillment in helping others who struggle with addiction and mental health as well as spending time in the outdoors, music production, writing, and drawing/painting.
Growing up in Vancouver, WA, Dr. Jake Farmer returned after college at the University of
Washington. He had a desire to give back to his community. Dr. Farmer is the owner of Thurstan
Oaks Dental and has a passion for dentistry as well as people. As a young man, he was self
conscious and struggled with his own teeth. Mentorship and modern dentistry gave him the
drive to give the gift of a beautiful smile to all his patients. He understands the little things make
the difference. Dr. Farmer is an avid skier and hiker. Along with his wife, daughter and 2 dogs he
delights in calling the Pacific Northwest home!
Jason Matters serves as the Lead Pastor at the Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene, having moved to the PNW after living in Kansas City for 20 years. He loves to invest in young men, training them to love God and to use their gifts and talents to serve others. When he is not at church you will find him hiking a trail or a mountain, or sitting by a fire reading a good book. An avid coffee lover and below-average home roaster, you will usually see him holding a cup of coffee.
Hello my name is JC. In 2015 I gave up custody of my 6 yr. old son & he was adopted thru CPS due to my active addiction that I could not control. My life got super bad and dark. I wanted to die from my choice to choose my addiction over being a mom to my beautiful deserving son .It wasn't until 2020 that I'd had enough of it. The pain was no longer able to be masked by the substances I was consuming. I came into the XChange housing program spent 14 mos. healing & learning how to live, I gave my whole life to God & when I graduated I was blessed with a job through XChange Parents for Parents supporting the parents who are also going through having their children removed. I journey alongside of them & shed light to the same darkness they are dealing with pursuing the goal of reunification of families. I am truly blessed. XChange & God saved my life.
My name is Rachel. I am currently a house manager at The Grace Lodge. I am also an Outreach worker for XChange Recovery. My life started with childhood trauma. I was left abandoned, broken, and alone. As an adult, losing custody of my kids drove me deeper into my addiction. My life changed November 24, 2021 when I came to The Grace Lodge. Today I am rebuilding relationships with my kids. I also get to inspire hope working with others in the community by walking alongside them in life.
I’ve had a passion for recovery since I left the drug addiction lifestyle on December 6, 2015. I spent 11 years on and off the streets battling an intravenous meth addiction. I lost everything, but through my faith in God, I have been recovered for almost 8 years!! I’ve worked hard to restore all relationships with my children and family and praise God, I married the love of my life in September of 2022. I’ve worked hard at The Barbers for almost 6 years and have been managing a store in Vancouver for almost 2 years. I’ve been active in the community. Volunteering my time for haircuts for the homeless or for those in Recovery, feeding the homeless and volunteering and my local church.
Carolyn Nichols has been a huge support in the lives of others for over 20 years! Originally from Canada, Carolyn planted her feet in the Pacific Northwest 30 years ago. Carolyn has taught quilting for free to 110 students over the course of 20 years. Carolyn is a dedicated hiker, bicycle rider and photographer. Don’t be surprised if you see Carolyn in your neighborhood or on a trail! She’s probably walked or cycled enough to go around the entire earth! Carolyn has recently picked up the hobby of painting. Carolyn pours into others as she serves in Youth and Children’s ministry at her church.
Hi there, my name's Emiliano! I'm the Youth Director for Living Hope Church! I've been running for the last 6 years and it's one of my biggest passions! I've run many distances, with some as high as 15 mile runs! I ask that you help support us by sponsoring me... the future winner of Santa Holiday Hustle 5K!! :)
I wear many hats - father of three amazing young men, husband of an amazing wife, construction contractor, director of HeartChange ministry, Pastor at Living Hope Church. I also have a long history of running. I’ve completed a home made Full IronMan competition, a 50 mile ultra marathon, and countless marathons. Mac and I believe so strongly in XChange recover ministry that our former home is a recovery house now!
My name is Lauren Shepard. I stopped drinking alcohol 2 years and 6 months ago as of a few days ago. I proudly represent sobriety and am currently helping my sister to also achieve the same for herself. I love to run and tend to my small horde of cats. I am a gardener and love to cook new foods and bake goods and I like to build things out of wood. I'm also really into essential oils and making my own blends for topical medicinal purposes. I'm a 37 year old Scorpio and I was born in Michigan but have been in Washington since I was about 6 years old. I drive forklift and I unload trailers for a living and believe the only way to success is hard work.
Malory Pearch is a passionate, hardworking, dedicated woman, mother and a servant to Christ. She has committed herself to continuing to have a better and closer understanding of the Bible and its teachings. Malory volunteers much of her time to supporting outreach programs within the church especially with reaching out to the homeless and people in recovery. She has given much of her time and energy to volunteering to programs like the warming stations, food truck, women’s group, and homeless outreach. Please support Malory’s participation in the Santa Holiday Hustle 5K run and her dedication to the community.
Bio: I grew up in the Central Valley of California and moved to Washington about 4 years ago. I was the first in my family to graduate high school and college. And even though my family was not able to financially support my educational journey, I was thankful to have their emotional support. My biggest supporter was my youngest brother, Eliazar or “Chuy”. I can honestly say that he believed in me, more that I believed in myself. He had his own struggles in life and just as everything was falling into place for him he made the unfortunate decision that ended his life, 1/2 a pill of oxycodone that was laced with fentanyl. My older brother lost his best friend. My mom lost her baby. My sister and I lost our little brother. I haven’t jogged in a while and I am out of shape but I am running this 5k for him. I am running to bring awareness that fentanyl can change your or your loved ones life forever.
Hi, I’m Andrew! I live in Seattle, WA and am currently working at Microsoft. I love rock climbing, running, and praising Jesus!