All proceeds were donated to help families in need across the community.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Family House, Ohio’s second-largest family shelter, held its first-ever “There’s No Place Like Home” 5K run on Sunday morning to raise money for its mission. .
The organization has been present in Toledo for almost four decades, serving families trapped in a cycle of poverty and homelessness.
“We just thought it was something interesting to involve more families in our events since we are a family organization,” said Dino Peluso, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Family House. “We thought, ‘We want the kids involved, we want the parents involved. We want as many people involved as humanly possible.'”
Peluso explained that their mission is to be a helping hand, not a helping hand. They provide education, resources, food and shelter to families in need.
He said this would not be possible without the support of volunteers.
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It’s something race winner Sean Smith, 19, knows well.
“So my parents volunteer with our church at Five Lakes Church and they come and cook meals once a meal,” he explained. “I feel really good because it’s something I love doing and the fact that it supports a great cause is even better.”
There were 48 people who participated in the 5K.
Peluso said it might be a smaller crowd, but they’re helping in a bigger way than they imagine.
“The struggles are getting more complicated, but the families so appreciate what we do and what the people here who support us are doing,” Peluso said. “Because nobody wants to be homeless, nobody tries to be homeless, but the fact that we’re able to educate them, help them, grow them as people to make them and heal them their really gives the support they want and need.”
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Peluso said they hope to grow this event for years to come and, more importantly, help even more families get back on their feet.
If you missed the 5K, Family House is hosting another fundraiser this fall. You can also donate directly to them at any time.