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Tennessee Catholics help homeless families through bike ride
By Pam Flynn

.- On March 27, local participants will be riding for homeless families in Memphis, Tennessee for the Dorothy Day Family Fun Ride. The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, a transitional housing ministry that allows homeless families to stay together as a family while they rebuild their lives, is hosting this first annual fundraising event.

"The Dorothy Day Family Fun Ride is a chance for families to have fun together, riding their bikes with other families and/or individual participants at Overton Park, while raising money for this important ministry" said Michael Synk, ride director.

The event will be held on March 27, and will begin at the Levitt Shell, with check in from 9-10 a.m. Riders who register by March 20 will receive a t-shirt and gift bag commemorating the event.

The Peddler Bike Shop will be conducting free safety inspections of bikes and Little Caesars will be providing pizza for the lunch. Other sponsors include Knowledge Tree, Senior Risk, @ Home Computers, Blue Sky Couriers, Fulmer Companies, Strategic Resource Management, master-IT, Boyle Insurance, Corporate IQ, and Mangiante Photography.

"The goal of the bike ride is to raise funds and awareness for this important ministry" said Sister Maureen Griner O.S.U., co-director of the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality. "We've been able to help 13 families stay together and get back on their feet in the past few years. The money raised in this event helps us serve families and keep the lights on."

The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, accepts intact families with children of all ages. Throughout their stay, families are assisted with educational resources and guidance, parenting skills, employment counseling, prospective job contacts, transportation assistance, referrals for child care, financial and budgeting advice, personal counseling, advocacy and mentoring, and access to sources of permanent housing.

For more information, visit: http://familyfunride.eventbrite.com or http://www.dorothydaymemphis.org.

Printed with permission from the West Tennessee Catholic, newspaper for the Diocese of Memphis.

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