[MCN] Affordable Housing Group Pedaling Into Missoula Today!

Noreen Humes Noreen at habitatmsla.org
Mon Jul 30 10:56:17 EDT 2018

N. Humes

Habitat for Humanity of Missoula

July 30, 2018

For Immediate Release


Pedaling Coast to Coast for Affordable Housing

Bike & Build Cyclists Volunteer at Missoula’s 54th and 55th Habitat Homes 


Members of the Bike and Build organization will be pedaling into Missoula on
Monday, July 30 and spend all day Tuesday, July 31 helping Habitat build 2
homes in the Franklin to Fort Neighborhood. This group of young adults left
Yorktown Virginia on May 29, and will finish their long trek in Portland, OR
on August 12, 2018.  Founded in 2003, Bike & Build’s mission is to create
fair, decent housing for all Americans. Specifically, it is a
service-oriented independent organization that engages young adults in
national cycling trips through partnerships with various affordable housing
nonprofits – including Habitat for Humanity.


Habitat for Humanity of Missoula (HFHM) has teamed up with the Bike & Build
organization for twelve years to help complete Habitat homes. The group of
25 cyclists will volunteer at a total of 14 build sites across the country
during their “Central US Route”, Missoula being just one of 58 stops in
communities from coast to coast the team will take during their 4015-mile
journey spanning over 2 ½ months. The Central US Route is one of four Bike &
Build routes taking place this summer across the United States.   


“We are thrilled to have such a long-standing and rewarding partnership with
Bike & Build.  These young adults are so passionate about their journey,
their varied experiences, and helping to create affordable homeownership for
families across the country,” states Kelin Johnson, HFHM’s Board President.
“We have been following their blog along their route and look forward to
their arrival.  We are grateful for this opportunity and for the community
organizations and volunteers we rely on to make this happen.”    


HFHM Community partners include St. Paul Lutheran Church providing group
meals and the lodging for the entire team, along with Papa Murphy’s,
MacKenzie River Pizza, & Noodles & Co. providing other food. The cyclists
will work at two locations: the build site of two Habitat homes, 1609 & 1613
Schilling & at the Habitat ReStore in East Missoula, all on Tues., July 31.
An evening banquet will follow Tuesday’s build day at St. Paul Lutheran
Church.  The event includes a program in which the cyclists share their trip
experience with attendees in addition to answering questions about the Bike
& Build organization.  HFHM and Adventure Cycling leadership will be present
to provide additional connections to cycling and our community.  The general
public is invited to attend this free program beginning at 6:45pm on
Tuesday, July 31 at St. Paul’s located at 202 Brooks Street in Missoula.
The cyclists then leave Missoula early morning on Aug. 1 heading to Kooskia,


“A cycling trip is an once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it requires a
significant commitment” according to the Bike & Build organization.  Each
participant is required to spend numerous hours volunteering on a local
build site and raise a minimum of $4,500 in order to make the trip. The
organization’s requirements give trip participants knowledge on affordable
housing efforts before embarking on their journey. In addition, the Bike &
Build organization provides grant funds to participating organizations
around the country, including HFHM.  Bike & Build’s partnership with Habitat
has been extremely valuable in continuing to eliminate poverty housing in
the Missoula community and with other Habitat affiliates throughout Montana.



For more information:

Noreen Humes, Habitat Executive Director or main office, 406-549-8210,
<mailto:Noreen at habitatmsla.org> Noreen at habitatmsla.org

John Leicht, Bike & Build Organization’s Central US Route Team Leader

or the Bike & Build main office in Philadelphia, PA – 267-331-8488 or
<mailto:info at bikeandbuild.org> info at bikeandbuild.org 



Visit our ReStore in East Missoula!

"A home transcends being just a shelter.  It represents the opportunity to
unleash potential."

--Rajashree Birla


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Noreen Humes

Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity of Missoula

P.O. Box 7181 (59807)

3655 Highway 200 East

Missoula, MT  59802

(406) 549-8210



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