GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – On Friday, Brown’s Cycles in downtown Grand Junction presented a check to Karis Inc., a non-profit organization that provides housing and services to homeless youth ages 13 to 24 years old in Mesa County.
The check for $ 10,000 will go to Zoe House, a transitional housing program for youth aged 18 to 24 made homeless by domestic violence.
Brown’s Cycles accepts bicycles donated by the community, repairs the bicycles, donates them to homeless youth and sells the leftovers to donate the proceeds to Karis.
Karis manages The House, an emergency shelter for homeless youth, several transitional housing programs, a street outreach program, a mental health program and Laurel House, a permanent supportive housing program.
“We have been receiving donations of bicycles from the public for about 3 years,” said Chris Brown, owner of Brown’s Cycles bicycle store. “We take these bikes, fix them, and give them back to the kids so they have a way to get around town to get around, whether it’s work, school, or some other return to normal life.”
Youth homelessness in Mesa County is a serious problem. Last year, Karis, Inc. served 309 homeless youth ages 13-24 in Mesa County. Homeless youth are at increased risk of victimization and assault (Moore, 2005), and it is estimated that one in three young people on the streets will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home (National Sexual Violence Research Center). Karis provides services to help these young people get off the streets and make the transition to safe and stable housing and a future full of hope and promise.
Brown’s Cycles on Main Street has partnered with Karis for the past two years providing homeless youth with bicycles so they have transportation. They welcome donations of old bikes or bike parts that they can use to create a complete one.
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