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Restore Hope offers opportunity to restore body while restoring hope for women and children of Safe Haven Ministries

Symmetry Training & Fitness to offer Restore Hope classes through January and February with proceeds benefiting local domestic violence organization, Safe Haven Ministries
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Restore Class Dates

Sunday, January 18

Sunday, January 25

Sunday, February 1

All classes are held at 3091 29th St. SE, Grand Rapids, and begin at 4 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS — A local Women’s Life Chapter, Sole Sisters, is ringing in the new year with the goal of not only bettering their own health, but also the well-being of those affected by domestic violence.

During the months of January and February, Sole Sisters will be partnering with Symmetry Training & Fitness to offer a Restore Hope fitness class with proceeds benefiting Safe Haven Ministries, a Grand Rapids-based domestic violence agency. The class combines gentle stretching with foam rolling.

Symmetry Training & Fitness co-owner and Sole Sisters member Kari Stuart decided to host this fundraiser because she saw it as an opportunity for people to restore their body, while also restoring hope for the women and children Safe Haven serves.  

 “I am doing this because I truly love and appreciate what Safe Haven does for women and children dealing with domestic abuse,” she said. “Nobody deserves to live in fear." 

Stuart is an avid runner and long-time supporter of Safe Haven. Since 2012, Stuart has participated in the Fifth Third Riverbank Run on behalf of Safe Haven and its Running for Jenny team—a group of over 200 walkers and runners dedicated to honoring Jenny Heeren and raising awareness about domestic violence.

However, Stuart says the class is not designed solely for runners, but instead can be a therapeutic experience for anyone looking to diversify their workout.

Instead of charging a fee, participants are encouraged to make a donation to Safe Haven. In addition to the money raised through these donations, Sole Sisters will be making a matching donation at the end of the fundraiser.

Premium Brand Threads is also sponsoring the event and has provided merchandise to raffle off during the January classes.

Stuart said she is honored to be able to use her gifts to give back.

“I've had the opportunity to witness how Safe Haven changes lives and empowers women to face and improve difficult situations, and I feel very passionate about giving back to Safe Haven,” she said.

Restore Hope classes take place at 4p.m. on January 18, January 25, and February 1 at Symmetry Training & Fitness, which is located at 3091 29th St. SE, Grand Rapids.

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