Rhoads Energy Awards Grants to Two Lancaster Organizations


The Rhoads Energy Family of Companies, a regional energy and HVAC services leader, has added another chapter to its century-long story of community involvement.  Through its charitable Legacy Fund, Rhoads has made grants to two invaluable community-based organizations.

Off The Streets, which helps persons experiencing homelessness, received a donation of $3,750.  Horizons at Lancaster Country Day School, which provides educational enrichment for low-income children, received a donation of $1,200.

Off The Streets (OTS) is an all-volunteer organization that assists persons who are homeless who have been referred by a social agency and have the ability to pay rent.  OTS pays a security deposit directly to the landlord and provides basic furnishings to create a home. OTS will use its Rhoads grant to fund five security deposits for individuals or families who are currently experiencing homelessness.

Four people standing in front of Off the Streets Van

Mike DeBerdine with the OTS team

Horizons is a network of public/private school partnerships providing educational interventions, summer enrichment opportunities, and

Horizons Grant Presentation

Meg Reed and Rebecca Fowler of Horizons with Mike DeBerdine

year-round support for K-8 low-income children. Horizons will use its Rhoads grant for teacher stipends that can be used for education supplies.

“For more than 100 years, community support has been a core value at The Rhoads Energy Family of Companies,” said Michael DeBerdine III, CEO of Rhoads. “Our entire team is proud to offer assistance to these two vital organizations, which do so much good for so many.” DeBerdine added that he hopes the grants will be a catalyst for further support for Horizons and Off The Streets by others in the community.

To learn more about these organizations or to make a donation, visit their websites:

Off The Streets