The Queen Anne Helpline has held an annual fun run to support its mission of preventing people from entering homelessness since the late ‘80s. This year it has a new name — Run for Home.

“I think people know it as a community event, but the name change is to draw a little attention to the homelessness prevention work that we do,” said Helpline executive director Cara Lauer.

The 5.5-K summer fun run coincides with Queen Anne Days, which runs July 12-14.

Run for Home starts 9 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Queen Anne Lutheran Church. The fun run loops through the neighborhood, ending at Coe Elementary. Walkers start at 8:30 a.m.

Queen Anne Physical Therapy will lead a warm-up of stretches at the start, and physical therapists will be on hand at the finish to support runners, Lauer said.

“There are prizes for the winners, for people who are into the competition element,” she said, “and then there’s raffle prizes as well.”

Early registration is $40, and then $45 for day-of registration. Children 12 and under run for free. Participants can find registration information here or register in person at a Helpline booth that will be set up at the Queen Anne Farmers Market 3-7 p.m. on June 27 and July 11. People can also pick up their optional $5 T-shirt and fun run bib there.

Lauer said the fun run is a great way to raise funds for Helpline and also awareness about the neighborhood nonprofit.

“It is a way that a lot of people learn about us,” she said. “There are a lot of residents on Queen Anne that don’t know about us despite being here since 1982.”

As rents continue to rise, Lauer said, Queen Anne Helpline remains a popular resource for financial assistance, as well as clothing, healthy food and hygiene items.

“I think people are stepping up in terms of donors and supporters just because homelessness is on everybody’s mind as a growing problem,” Lauer said, “so thinking what we can do locally in our own neighborhood and also what we can do to help prevent homelessness.”

The Queen Anne Helpline serves around 2,500 low-income adults, children and seniors in Queen Anne, Magnolia and South Lake Union. Financial assistance is an important service the Helpline provides, helping with utilities and covering rent, including making that first deposit to get into an apartment.

Those who can’t make the fun run can also support the nonprofit here.