Fuller Center for Housing officially recognized as Bicycle Friendly Business

Fuller Center for Housing officially recognized as Bicycle Friendly Business

Photo (from left): The Fuller Center’s Ryan Iafigliola, Joel Derksen, Jessica McClain and Connor Ciment are getting ready for the June 1 start of the 2018 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure.

The Fuller Center for Housing’s international headquarters in Americus, Georgia, has been named one of only 20 Bicycle Friendly Businesses in the state of Georgia — and one of only 1,199 nationwide — by the League of American Bicyclists.

The designation comes during National Bike Month and as cyclists prepare to begin the 2018 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure‘s summer rides, a pair of paths that will take one group from Astoria, Ore., to Portland, Maine, and the other taking riders from Ocean Beach, Calif., to Ocean City, N.J. The cyclists are raising money for and awareness of The Fuller Center for Housing’s affordable housing ministry — and they’ve already passed the $200,000 fundraising mark this year.

“After 11 years of leading Bike Adventures around the country, cycling has become part of the Fuller Center’s DNA,” said Ryan Iafigliola, The Fuller Center’s Director of International Field Operations and the man who founded the Bicycle Adventure. “There are people around the country who know us as the people who lead great bicycle rides. Out of that grew our local involvement, where some of us bike almost every day to the office, and we’ve been active encouraging cycling and safe cycling. It’s great to receive this formal recognition of all these efforts.”  

“As we celebrate National Bike Month and the tenth year of the Bicycle Friendly Business program, the League of American Bicyclists is honored to recognize our latest new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “These companies and organizations are making their workplaces and their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling. We applaud these businesses, including The Fuller Center for Housing, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Grandfather of nine explains why he is cycling across the country this summer

Grandfather of nine explains why he is cycling across the country this summer

Paul Hatch, 71, has raised five children and has been rewarded with nine grandchildren. While he does not claim to be “a great physical specimen at all,” he has been rewarded with good health thanks to years of healthy eating and exercise.

This summer, he is taking exercise to a whole new level as he rides from Ocean Beach, Calif., to Ocean City, N.J., with the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure as he strives to raise $10,000 to fight poverty housing.

The Davis Clipper newspaper of Davis County, Utah, sat down with the man who simply considers himself “an average person” to talk about what drives him to tackle this latest challenge. You can read the Clipper’s complete article below:

complete davis clipper article

Bicycle Adventure director: Until you dig deeper, this ride makes no sense

Bicycle Adventure director: Until you dig deeper, this ride makes no sense

Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure Director Connor Ciment was praying for direction in his life when he decided to take a trip across the country in 2015 — on his bike when the Adventure traveled 4,000 miles from Oceanside, Calif., to Portland, Maine. Within a week, he had that direction for which he had been praying and has gone from rider to leader. Connor spoke last week to The Berkeley Independent in South Carolina while leading this year’s East Coast ride from Maine to Key West about how this Adventure may not make sense on the surface. But it makes perfect sense when you understand the motivating factors.

Click here to read the entire article in The Berkeley Independent.

The Bicycle Adventure is nearing the all-time
fundraising mark of $2 million. Click here to help
them reach this year’s ambitious goal!

NBC affiliate catches up with cross-country cyclists whose Adventure ends Saturday

NBC affiliate catches up with cross-country cyclists whose Adventure ends Saturday

NBC-41 television of Macon, Georgia, caught up with members of our cross-country Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure on Wednesday after they rode 91 miles from Americus to McRae. The 3,600-mile fundraising and awareness journey officially ends on Saturday with a short ride from Savannah to Tybee Island, where riders will dip their front wheels into the Atlantic Ocean two months after dipping their rear wheels in the Pacific. Click here to view NBC-41’s report.

The Bicycle Adventure is nearing the all-time
fundraising mark of $2 million. Click here to help
them reach this year’s ambitious goal!

Bicycle Adventurers repair roof in Albany, Ga., on last build day of cross-country ride

Bicycle Adventurers repair roof in Albany, Ga., on last build day of cross-country ride

WALB-TV of Albany, Georgia, caught up with cyclists on the 3,600-mile cross-country summer ride of The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure on Tuesday as they had their final build day of the ride with the Albany Area Fuller Center for Housing. Their ride officially ends on Saturday at Tybee Island, Georgia.

Click here to view WALB’s report.

Bicycle Adventurers relish opportunity to help people during build days

Bicycle Adventurers relish opportunity to help people during build days

(Photo: Americus-Sumter Fuller Center homeowner partner and frequent volunteer Thad Harris leads cyclists building a wheelchair ramp in Americus, Georgia.)

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s primary purpose is to help raise funds for The Fuller Center for Housing’s affordable housing ministry — something it has succeeded in doing over the past 10 years to the tune of nearly $2 million.

Related to that mission is spreading awareness about The Fuller Center. Because The Fuller Center does not build or repair homes with government money, it relies on the generosity of individuals, churches and companies to accomplish its work. Naturally, such generosity only comes when people know and appreciate the cause they are supporting.

Several days during the Adventure, there is a bonus mission as riders hop off their bikes and spring into action, building with Fuller Center covenant partners across the United States. The cross-country summer ride — which has less than one week remaining on its 3,600-mile, two-month journey from San Francisco to Savannah — was busy with its fifth build day of the ride Monday in Americus, Georgia, birthplace of the world’s affordable housing movement. Tomorrow, they will have their sixth and final build day of the ride in Albany, Georgia.

“It’s a full-circle blessing — to bless someone else blesses us.” — Wes Shattuck, cyclist from New Hampshire

For Oklahoma City’s Macy Holsinger, who is riding for the third straight year, the Adventure would not be complete without these build days.

“It’s like you pour cement in a hole, but really it’s the water that makes it form,” she explained from a site where she and several other cyclists were adding a much-needed wheelchair ramp to the home of Frank Angry. “The biking is the framework, but then the build days kinda put it all together and tie it into something more concrete, literally.”

Also working at the Angry house was New Hampshire’s Wes Shattuck, who has been riding with wife Cheryl on his first Bicycle Adventure at age 65.

“It’s a full-circle blessing — to bless someone else blesses us,” he said. “We receive something as a group that’s a little different when we come to the build sites, a sense of accomplishment not just of moving as a group but creating something as a group. That’s really cool.”

Across town, other cyclists — including Colorado’s Jennifer Wells — are working with the Americus-Sumter Fuller Center for Housing, which is converting a vacant second floor above its office into transitional housing.

“I’m walking in my faith when I’m helping others.” — Jennifer Wells, cyclist from Colorado

“The build days for me are a way of helping someone else,” said Wells, who is participating in her fourth straight Bicycle Adventure. “I love to help people out. It’s heartwarming, it’s fulfilling and it’s a way for me to be more Christ-like or Christian. I’m walking in my faith when I’m helping others. It’s one of the most rewarding aspects of this experience because that makes it more personal.”

While fans circulated fresh air through the upper area of Americus-Sumter’s office, the cyclists at the Angry home worked in the sunshine with Monday’s low humidity and relatively tame 88-degree high temperature providing a welcome break from weeks of oppressive heat and humidity in Georgia.

“This is wonderful,” Shattuck said. “Believe me, we are thankful for it. This feels more like my New Hampshire home in July.”

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The Bicycle Adventure is nearing the all-time
fundraising mark of $2 million. Click here to help
them reach this year’s ambitious goal!

Cross-country ride leader Henry Downes talks Saturday after the riders arrived in Americus, Georgia:

Selma Times-Journal catches up with cross-country Bicycle Adventure in Alabama

Selma Times-Journal catches up with cross-country Bicycle Adventure in Alabama

Selma Times-Journal journalist Thomas Scott caught up with our cross-country Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure as it arrived in Selma, Alabama, on Wednesday and did an outstanding job of explaining how the ride works and why its mission is so important.

Click here to read the complete article
in the Selma Times-Journal.

The Bicycle Adventure is nearing the all-time
fundraising mark of $2 million. Click here to help
them reach this year’s ambitious goal!

 

Television journalist rides along with Bicycle Adventure through Mississippi backroads

Television journalist rides along with Bicycle Adventure through Mississippi backroads

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s mission is to raise funds and awareness of The Fuller Center for Housing’s nonprofit housing ministry. One way they help spread the work about the work is by speaking with media during their rides. On Tuesday, though, a television journalist took the coverage a step further.

Journalist Jeremy J. Ford of Meridian, Mississippi’s Fox 30 rode along with the Adventurers for 22 miles of their ride from Newton, Mississippi, to Demopolis, Alabama. You can see his excellent report below:

The Bicycle Adventure is nearing the all-time
fundraising mark of $2 million. Click here to help
them reach this year’s ambitious goal!