May 102017

It has been a little over two weeks since we completed the 300 miles and rode across the state. I have so many wonderful thoughts of the ride and how we worked and came together as a team. Hearing the stories of each of our cyclists, their journeys, their family, their areas of work, and why they were riding were meaningful and inspirational.

I was especially inspired by Katherine who cycled the last day. She travelled all the way from Southern California to ride us. Her goal has been to complete a century ride in every state. After deciding to ride in Georgia, she found our ride and our Sunday Century option in Alabama. We became her 7th state. Katherine is a physical therapist working with mostly elderly populations. Cycling has become her outlet for exercise and decompressing in the day. Part of the Catholic Church, she has a deep care and concern for the types of families we serve.

The final day of our ride brought some new memories. It rained…quite a bit but mostly in the morning. And it became chilly and windy. Not the ideal day for riding but again it made for more memories. We also pulled “the shack”, the little house I live in for a week in October. Our hope was to create a visual expression of why we were cycling.

As we closed out, our fundraising total was just under $25,000. We still have some who are cycling through the Virtual Rider option and getting sponsors through May 31st.

We will start planning for next year’s ride and how we can again, help our state by cycling.

Thank you again for your love, support and prayers! Thanks so much to all the churches and businesses that sponsored us and helped us along the way!

See you all soon!


Apr 202017

As the sun begins to set, nine riders will be travelling to Livingston, Alabama preparing to start a long journey 300 miles across the heart of Alabama. Soul-it is the essence and spirit of our ride. It is serving Christ with heart, soul and soles. The soles of our feet taking the brunt of this journey. Why would we do this? We are deeply passionate and committed to ending substandard housing in Alabama. We long to see a day when communities can come together and serve our neighbors by helping them with home repair assistance; especially our elderly and individuals with disabilities. We long to see a tangible expression of Jesus’ love and example where building relationships and friendships results in mutual care.

We are ready to traverse 100 miles a day over three days through the Black Belt where many families live with significantly low incomes reflected by substandard housing conditions. The funds we raise will continue to help us make homes warm, safe, dry, and beautiful. Many people from churches, youth groups, college groups and more will bring their hearts, hands, and hammers and make these vital repairs.

We solicit your prayers and thoughts. We have raised over $16,000 towards our goal of $25,000 and are confident we will make it. Help us spread the word as we extend the love of Christ and end substandard housing in Alabama. There is a day when everyone can have a Sweet Home!

Cycle on,