HARTZ Physical Therapy’s 16th annual Fall Blast 5K run/walk was held on October 5, 2019 and proved to be one for the record books! Over the past 15 years, $189,000 has been donated to various Lancaster-based charities from the proceeds of this annual event. For the first time this year, 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 $35,000! This annual tally represents the highest net proceeds ever raised through this event topping the previous record by $15,000!
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 49 families with income who are experiencing homelessness in Lancaster County. Requests for help increased 38% in 2018 over 2017 and an additional increase is expected in 2019. 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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