2011 Ride for Runaways

Ride for Runaways raises cash for Barnabas Ministries shelter building fund

By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN
The Holland Sentinel
Posted Jul 30, 2011

Holland —
Three event highlights
1 Barnabas Ministries of Holland hopes to begin construction next year on a 12-bedroom lodge for the area’s homeless youth. The Redemption Riders — a Christian group of motorcycle enthusiasts — held the Ride for Runaways on Saturday to help raise money for the project.

2 A total of 57 riders participated in Saturday’s event, departing from Central Wesleyan Church and riding about 100 miles across Southwest Michigan before returning to VictoryPoint Church.

3 The Redemption Riders on Saturday were still tallying up the money raised from the event, but said at least $1,425 had been raised by registration fees, with more coming in from sponsors of the event. Barnabas Ministries has received pledges of money totaling about one third of the project’s $2.5 million cost. The 24.5 acres of property where the Lodge will be built was donated by VictoryPoint Church.

Overheard at the event

“Five percent of eighth- through 12th-graders reported being without a safe place to stay in the past year. … Some of that is domestic abuse, neglect. … Some of that is the kids making poor choices.”
— LoriJo Schepers, executive director, Barnabas Ministries

“We love riding, but riding for a cause is great. You hear about some of the trouble the kids face, and let’s face it: A lot of us came from troubled backgrounds, (and) could have used a hand up when we were growing up.”
— Diana Mavis, Redemption Riders

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