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 will resume volunteer workdays on Friday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at our shop, 6020 Jessamine #204 in the Gulfton area of Southwest Houston.
We recently received 18 bikes collected as part of an Eagle Scout project that need inspection and repair before they are distributed to refugees, teenagers and recently homeless veterans.
Please click here to RSVP: https://freewheelshouston.org/event/repair-bikes-for-a-good-cause-friday/2020-09-04/
During this phase, several rules will be enforced:
- Participation will be limited to six volunteers during each shift.
- Because of social distancing, bike repair instruction will be limited. Please keep your skill level in mind as you consider attending.
- Repair stands will be located outside. Only one volunteer will be allowed in the inside (air-conditioned) work areas at a time.
- Safe distancing will be required.
- All participants will be required to wear masks. No exceptions.