Bread of Life Ministries (BOLM), in collaboration with Charlie’s Motor Mall, has launched a new fund raising campaign called “Hope Rides”. With the hundreds of children, families and veterans served each year at the BOLM homeless shelters, one barrier is consistent for almost all our clients trying to break through into a new place of hope. That barrier is a lack of transportation.
Transportation is a key ingredient for our clients struggling to break out of the cycle of homeless to a place of hope and grounded success. Almost all of our clients come to us with no personal identification, no food, very little clothing and none or very limited medical and/or mental health care. Sometimes we have pregnant moms that come to us at our shelter that have not yet established their OB care with a physician.
So, we work with all of our clients to get stabilized and on their feet, so they can start thinking about things like jobs and housing. This all requires a lot of travel around the community and visits to many different resources and service providers.
Think about what it would be like to be a mom of three children fleeing domestic violence and staying at our family shelter and then having to walk from our family shelter on the east side of the river to an outpatient practice at the new medical center. Or what if you were a veteran at our veteran’s homeless shelter needing to get to a late afternoon appointment with a job coach or physical therapist at Togus VA. Togus is a nine mile round trip from our shelter.
Our goal with “Hope Rides” is to raise $10,000 for a used 12 passenger van, which Charlie Shuman from Charlie’s Motor Mall has generously agreed to purchase for us at auction and sell to us well below his cost, as his donation and partnership in our campaign.
Please help us purchase the key of transportation, which can help unlock so many doors and break down so many barriers for our clients and their ability to have hope and become successful.