In recent weeks, Freewheels Houston has provided bikes to students at Wisdom High School, young adults emerging from homelessness at Covenant House in Montrose and veterans emerging from homelessness. We gave an adult tricycle to a young man with special needs.
All of them will be able to get around more easily because of a Freewheels bike.
Looking ahead, we are expanding our work space in Gulfton and improving our volunteer program so we can repair more bikes.
Everyone involved at Freewheels is volunteering their time; all of our bikes are donated. We work with amazing schools and nonprofits that help us find people who need transportation.
There is, however, one more ingredient that’s essential for our continued success: Your financial support.
Without it, we wouldn’t be able to work in our shop space in southwest Houston; provide tools; buy tubes, tires, cables and other parts, and give each bike recipient a helmet, lock and lights.
Please consider making a donation today. Any amount will help keep the doors open and pay for tubes, brake cables, locks and lights.
If your employer offers to match your charitable donations, please let us know. We can provide a copy of Freewheels’ documentation of our 501(c)(3) status.
Freewheels worked with volunteers and staff at Covenant House Texas, a program for homeless youth in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood, to create a bike lending program for participants in Rights of Passage, a transitional housing program which allows young people to refine their independent living skills up to two years. They learn to budget, manage money and have a true understanding of the expenses and experiences of living in an apartment. With the assistance of Covenant House staff, they learn life skills and focus on steady employment. All ROP participants work, attend school or a vocational training program, and Freewheels bikes will help them get to these destinations. Racks for the bikes were provided by the Houston Health Department with assistance Houston Council Member Abbie Kamin.
Freewheels Houston volunteers delivered bikes, locks and helmets to 12 Wisdom High School. With transportation options limited by the COVID-19 pandemic, bikes restored by Freewheels volunteers will provide a way for students to get to school and after-school jobs. Recipients were identified by Wisdom staff and faculty. Freewheels’ Wisdom High program is supported by a generous grant from the Aubrey and Sylvia Farb Community Service Fund at Congregation Emanu El.
Freewheels Houston is able to provide bikes and safety equipment to refugee and immigrant youth, adult refugees and veterans emerging from homeless through the generous support oof bike donors, individuals, churches and other organizations that support our mission of freedom through transportation.
We are grateful to sponsors that have increased our capacity to provide safety equipment.
Helmet sponsor: Legacy Community Health
As a full-service, Federally Qualified Health Center, Legacy Community Health identifies unmet needs and gaps in health-related services and develops client-centered programs to address those needs. A United Way-affiliated agency since 1990, Legacy, which has a large presence in the Gulfton area, provides adult primary care, pediatrics, dental care, vision services, behavioral health services, OB/GYN and maternity, vaccinations and immunizations, health promotion and community outreach, wellness and nutrition, and comprehensive HIV/AIDS care.
Legacy provides helmets for Freewheels bike recipients through the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program.
Bell sponsor: Mirrycle Corporation
With a headquarters in Boulder, Colo., Mirrycle manufactures bike accessories from bells to mirrors. The company is focused on making sure cyclists are both seen and heard on the road or trails.
Mirrycle provides Incredibells handlebar bells for each bike distributed by Freewheels.