Sophie Speidel visited with the Girls On The Run team at Friendship Court. Speidel talked to the group about how "being emotional is healthy." That included dealing with stress and managing emotions in a healthy way.

"I hope they know that if they put their minds to something they can achieve it if they work hard enough," Speidel said.

Piedmont Housing Alliance is building a running program for children at Friendship Court. So far, Speidel and PHA have raised about $3,300. Their goal is $15,000 for the program.

Press release from the Piedmont Housing Alliance:

When she is not running, Mrs. Speidel works as a school counselor at St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville. She will discuss how running helps her and many others deal with stress and helps manage emotions in a healthy way. Mrs. Speidel has generously agreed to help Piedmont Housing Alliance with its fundraising for the Friendship Court GOTR team and a partner “Let Me Run” team for the pre-teen boys. Piedmont Housing is raising funds through its crowdfunding site, “Build a Running Program for the Children of Friendship Court”. The site can be found at

To date, Piedmont Housing Alliance and Mrs. Speidel have raised $3,335 toward a $15,000 goal.

Piedmont Housing Alliance is an affordable housing non-profit working in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District in Central Virginia, including the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson counties. The mission of Piedmont Housing is to create housing opportunities and build community through education, lending and development.

Piedmont Housing is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency, state-certified Community Housing Development Organization, and US Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution. In 2002, Piedmont Housing became a part owner of the Friendship Court Apartments, where it now provides service coordination through the HUD-certified Neighborhood Networks Center.