Emmaus will host their 24th annual Cycle for Shelter fundraiser on Sunday, July 22 beginning at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA. There are four routes varying in distance from which to choose, depending on how experienced you are. There will be plenty of water stops along the way, as well as delicious meal at the end of the race. After the ride, free massages will be available to participants, along with food such as protein bars, homemade breads and jams. All proceeds from the event will go towards Emmaus, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless.
Cycle for Shelter began in 1989 when Tom Bentley, the founding executive director of Emmaus, completed the first ride. His ride stretched 1,200 miles from Georgia to Massachusetts. Along the way, he visited over 100 programs that help the homeless and the impoverished. He spoke with church groups, human service providers and even government officials to better understand the issue. That first ride helped fuel the mission of Emmaus, which is to help the homeless rebuild their lives by providing home search help, affordable housing, adult education, emergency shelter and even job training. In the past year alone, 200 families and 80 individuals have moved into permanent housing because of the work Emmaus does.
Registration for the Cycle for Shelter is $85 until July 13 and $100 on race day. Individuals can register on the Emmaus website. All participants are asked to raise a minimum of $200 for the cause. For more information, please call 978-241-3425 or visit the Emmaus website.