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Welcome to the JRunners 5k Run/ Walk for Our Place!

Please join us on Sunday Morning, April 3rd, 2011 for a thrilling 5K Run/Walkathon in Prospect Park to benefit Our Place. There will be separate races for men and women. There will be runners, joggers and walkers. JRunners is the premier organization for running and health in the Jewish community and we organized a top notch racing experience that you do not want to miss. We will provide coaching on how to run the race if you are interested in doing so, as well as expert advice on how to easily reach, and even surpass, your fundraising goal. In fact, our fundraising web tools will make it easy for you to reach out to your friends and family to participate. We are asking everyone who cares about Our Place and the important work they do, to sign up for the race and commit to raise at least $180.

Founded in 1998, Our Place employs a multi-faceted approach to counseling, rehabilitating and guiding troubled Jewish youth in their return to mainstream society. Our Place provides troubled youth with a second chance; an opportunity to serve as a source of everlasting pride to their family, community and Jewish heritage. They come in carrying heavy baggage - substance abuse, expulsion/dropping out of school and/or estrangement from parents. The system failed them, and they are highly distrustful of figures of authority and structured environments. Our Place cares about them, has faith in them, and in time- they begin the road to realizing that they want more out of life. This requires dealing with the "baggage" and for the first time, they have the opportunity to do so. Your donation will help Our Place continue their important work. For more information on Our Place check out their website at www.ourplaceny.org

Can you imagine a world without Our Place?

Where would our TEENS that need help go?

Who would help our kids get their lives back on track?

Who would be there to break our kids fall, so that they donít end up on the streets, on drugs or even dead?

How would our communitiesí teenagers deal with all of the challenges that they face?

Who would have been there for the thousands (yes, thousands!) of young people who have benefited from Our Placeís help?

As scary as this seems, every day we are getting closer to seeing such a world.

Our Place is in danger of closing its doors. In the past year alone,
has lost all of its government funding due to city and state cutbacks that represents 80% of its budget.
During that time, they closed three locations and discontinued many programs.

It doesnít have to end.


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