The weather was gorgeous, and the fund-raising is a smashing success!
We got there! Joe and I rode the 62 mile loop from NECC, along with 30 of our teammates, and 150 local cyclists, doing one of 5 different routes. Emmaus put on a feast for us at the end, tables on the grass, with great refreshing food, and a chance to meet fellow cyclists.
Many Thanks you to all who have contributed so generously, and pushed me over my $2,000 goal. And the North Shore Cyclists--we are still riding, yes, when the roads are dry, and challenging me to keep going--NSC has raised $34,000 for Emmaus! Emmaus has raised, as you can see on the front page, nearly $188,000, they have far surpassed their goal of $175,000, that goes directly to their programs getting people into homes, so they can move forward. The ride on the 18th was an astounding success!
I'm so grateful to the NSC club who put on such beautiful rides and events for training and recuperating. And that's what the Cycle for Shelter is, a supported ride with a meal afterwards. But so much more, it is a celebration and a thank you to all the contributors to the work of Emmaus-- so much more than just "Shelter!" ---- They participate in Rebuilding lives.
We rode 62 miles, why? to raise critically needed funds to support Emmaus programs that help families and individuals who are homeless rebuild their lives. On any given night, more than 300 adults and children call “Emmaus” home. Located in Haverhill, MA, this past year Emmaus programs assisted more than 1,575 different people each year, including 630 children! Emmaus has been recognized in Massachusetts and nationally as a best-practice model for responding to homelessness and was recently named "Non-Profit of the Year" by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce for its exemplary work during the pandemic.
The past two years have demonstrated the impact of Emmaus' mission upon the lives of our community's most vulnerable members. Without interruption, throughout the global pandemic Emmaus' two emergency shelters have cared for children and adults without any place to call "home." Emmaus has placed 40 individuals living on the streets into permanent housing since March 2020. And the formerly homeless women, men and children who reside in the 99 affordable apartments that Emmaus owns and manages, have lived safely and securely during these turbulent times. Emmaus has achieved all of this but it's been very costly. Emmaus is still incurring $40,000 every month in pandemic-related staffing and operating costs. By year end, this will amount to close to $500,000. Emmaus needs this event to help offset these incredible expenses.
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