At the May 19 Outreach Committee meeting of the St. Peter United Church of Christ in Okawville, Pastor Jeffrey Schwab presented a need of bicycles for the eight residents living at the Hoyleton Transitional Living Program facility in Belleville.
He had been contacted earlier by Darla Rennegarbe, Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator for Hoyleton Ministries. Ayanna Jackson, Program Manager at TLP, contacted Rennegarbe about trying to locate enough bikes for each resident.
These eight young men, age 17 – 20 live in this community based home; attend high school and college classes in Belleville and also volunteer locally.
Someone had given them an old bike and they found one in the neighborhood trash. They fixed them up and took turns riding them.
The Outreach Committee discussed finding used bikes and then decided to start a fund to purchase new bikes that would be presented to each of the young men as their very own bike. They pledged two bikes for their Congregation.
The next day Pastor Jeff presented this idea to a group of Region 7 Pastors at their monthly luncheon gathering.
The idea was well received by the Pastors and they took it back to their local churches. Contact was then made with several bike shops and general merchandise stores.
Hoyleton Ministries was founded in 1895 and is dedicated to creating a better world for the children and families of Southwestern Illinois. They serve 2,325 clients each year through their residential, child welfare, behavioral health, preventative services, and Puentes de Esperanza (Spanish-speaking) programs. Visit hoyleton.org for more information.
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