By Lindsay Ebbeskotte
This ride was supposed to be an adventure, something I could cross off my list of things I wanted to do. However, I am going to walk away from this journey with many great friends, lifetime memories, and knowing that I am able to make a difference. I cannot believe the amount of biking experience that the people in this group have. I was able to learn more about my bike in the first 20 miles than I knew in the year that I owned it. My father will be proud that I can finally pump up my own bike tires.
Today was my first participation in a build day. We partnered with The Fuller Center Covenant Partners in Gary, Indiana. We were able to do outside work on two houses by cleaning up the overgrown yard, bushes, and trees. This is to help them prepare for a Blitz Build in August. This is a special week here on Jackson Street as it is the fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. Last night we were able to take part in the celebration of his anniversary, as several of our members joining in the street dancing fun.
One of the things that I have learned on this trip so far is when I am riding my bike, I am always riding with people that love to sing. If you know me, you know that I have no musical talent. However, while listening to them switch from song to song, it reminds me that when things aren’t going well for you in life, you can switch the song and change your outlook.
Overall, not only has the Fuller Center for Housing made me more aware about poverty around the world, but has also allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and develop lifelong relationships.