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2020 Fall Blast Update
HARTZ Physical Therapy’s 17h annual Fall Blast 5K run/walk was held on October 3, 2020 and proved to be one-of-a-kind in a COVID-19 pandemic year. Over the past 16 years, $224,000 has been donated to various Lancaster-based charities from the proceeds of this annual event. For the second year in a row, all proceeds were earmarked to benefit Off the Streets Lancaster (OTS), an organization working with local service agencies to assist families and individuals “off the streets” and into permanent housing. After all financial results were tallied, the staff of HARTZ Physical Therapy was delighted to present Off the Streets Lancaster volunteers and board members with a check for $23,000! This amount represented a significant success during an especially difficult year.
OTS is a volunteer-run, charitable organization focused on eradicating homelessness in Lancaster County. Working in partnership with various other community aid organizations to identify homeless individuals and families who have a sustainable source of income to pay rent, but need help overcoming the last obstacles to obtaining permanent housing, a security deposit, and basic furniture. Since originating in Lancaster County in May 2013, OTS Lancaster has helped over 2,500 men, women, and children.
Lena Hohenadel, Grants Coordinator for OTS Lancaster, noted “The funds from the Fall Blast 5K will directly help 35 families with income who are experiencing homelessness in Lancaster County. Requests for help increased has been steadily rising over the past several years and will reach its highest levels in 2020. This partnership will help ensure that we don’t have to turn away those in need. We are deeply grateful to HARTZ Physical Therapy for their community-minded approach to business and significant contributions to the well-being of our community.”
Owner of HARTZ Physical Therapy, Brian Hartz, states, “Many of our staff members have had to opportunity to volunteer with OTS. We have seen first-hand the sincere gratitude and relief on the faces of those families and individuals who now have a place to call “home”. To be able to donate these funds to an all-volunteer organization like OTS, is a thrill for my staff and me. They help these families secure not only a place to call home but also, a much-needed sense of security and stability so that these families can lead productive and meaningful lives.” For more information, please visit http://offthestreetsnow.com/lancaster-pa.
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