When Freewheels volunteers repair bikes for refugees and others, they can help transform lives.
- Refugees rely on Freewheels bikes to get to work, school and ESL classes.
- Veterans emerging from homelessness gain a way to work or appointments.
- Fifth and sixth graders are rewarded for improving their grades.
For many of our neighbors, starting a new chapter in their lives in sprawling Houston, transportation is a major challenge. Walking, riding a bus or asking a friend for a ride are the less-than-optimal alternatives.
When a potential employer asks whether you can get to the job, a bike can seal the deal. If your shift ends after the last scheduled bus, a bike can get you home faster than walking.
For a high school student, having a bike open possibilities to participate in sports and other after-school activities. A teenager with a bike helps ease the burden on busy parents juggling work and family.
These stories give purpose to Freewheels volunteers and bike donors.