Geared to Empower

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Center of Hope’s "Geared to Empower" bike ministry aims to empower the homeless and working-poor population in Sioux Falls to: 1) grow in their relationship with God and others, 2) become self-sufficient, 3) learn how to repair their own bikes to keep them on the road to work, 4) earn their bikes by blessing our community through our Earn-A-Bike program, 5) get physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy.

Offering Bikes as Transportation to Work, School, or for Health for Low-Income individuals and Families

There are two options our guests have to receive bikes as transportation through Geared to Empower. The first option is to buy bikes ranging from $5 to $60. This allows recipients to have a sense of dignity and responsibility for the bike they receive. The second option is to work for the bike in our Earn-A-Bike program. Through the Earn-A-Bike program, guests are able to earn their bikes by serving at non-profits in our Earn-A-Bike network. The network includes the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House, the Union Gospel Mission, Salvation Army, Health Connect and Kingdom Boundaries. Just imagine the kingdom impact of this program! The program is meant for those undergoing financial hardship and are unable to afford a bike. All bikes have been worked through by trained bike mechanic staff and volunteers. Guests are allowed to buy one bike every six months.

 
Relationship Building and Bike Repair

Before guests of the Center of Hope are able to buy or work for a bike, they are required to meet with one of our pastors. In the meeting, guests are offered encouragement, spiritual guidance, further help through referrals, and friendship. The pastor will determine if the guests qualify for the bike program and what the best course of action ought to be in regards to purchasing or earning a bike(s).  Proof of income must be present to receive a bike (paystubs, food stamps, Medicaid card, or WIC card) to ensure that the bikes are reaching our target audience, the working poor.

Once a guest gets a bike and later needs repairs, they are able to bring their bike back to the Center of Hope during the Bike Ministry open hours. Staff members and volunteer bike mechanics will work alongside them and assist them with their bike repairs. The Bike Ministry provides recipients the opportunity to take pride in caring for their bikes. The time working with guests leads to relationship building and a further sense of community for everyone involved in the bike repair. There is no charge for staff time, tools or any used parts needed to repair their bikes. Our desire is to create a place of empowerment for the whole family unit to grow in Christ, learn about bike mechanics, and be part of a faith-based community.

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Bike Safety Camps
 
Over the summer months, we offer Bike Safety Camps to children who come from families struggling financially. If children participate in the safety training, they will receive a bike and helmet. Parents must sign their children up for the camp and pick out a bike the week before the Bike Safety Camp event. Limited spots available. The dates of the camps are below:
 
June 5
July 10
August 7
 

Bike Shop Hours:   Mondays: Closed

                               Tuesday to Friday: 11:00am to 4:30pm

                                           ONLY bike commuters before 3pm

                                           ALL low-income individuals and families after 3pm

                                Saturday: Closed

                                Sunday: Closed

Interested in volunteering?  click here

For information on donating a bike or doing a bike drive click here.

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