Largest Ride the Rockies team dedicates tour to helping homeless.
Denver, CO—A group of Ride the Rockies riders will host a pig roast and serve a hearty barbecue meal to more than 300 residents at Samaritan House shelter before its cycling team rides to raise funds for Colorado’s homeless.
Team Samaritan House is gearing up for the challenging bicycle tour that begins June 10 in Alamosa and stretches 447 miles and up 32,000 feet until the finish line in Salida. The team, a collaborative partner with Ride the Rockies and the Denver Post Community Foundation, dedicates their ride to making a difference in the lives of men, women and families facing homelessness.
On May 7, the riders will set-up and cook the pig starting at 2 p.m. and serve meals to residents at 4:30 p.m. at Samaritan House, located at 2301 Lawrence St. in Denver. Women in the adjoining overnight women’s shelter will also be served. To be considerate of the privacy of residents, media may come between 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
“We look at this event as part of our mission in giving to Denver’s homeless population,” said Tom Schwein, captain of Team Samaritan House.
Tom Dea, co-captain of Team Samaritan House, said, “We hope it gives the riders and their families a chance to serve the homeless and actually reach out and touch the lives of the residents and thank the Samaritan House staff members that we’re riding for.”
Dea’s employer, TZA Water Engineers in Lakewood, donated the pig worth $1,000 to the shelter. The team will serve the roasted pork with coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, corn bread, blueberry crumble and iced tea.
The riders’ goal is to raise more than $150,000 in donations to provide meals and warm beds while supporting Catholic Charities of Denver’s shelter program, designed to teach residents life skills and self-reliance. All donations made to support the team go to Samaritan House shelter and Catholic Charities’ other shelters—Marisol Homes in Denver, The Mission in Fort Collins and Guadalupe Community Center and Shelter in Greeley. In 2016, Catholic Charities provided 199,459 nights of shelter at emergency and transitional housing and 731,751 meals.
Learn more about Team Samaritan House at samhousedenver.org/rtr.
Cheryl Talley, Director, Communications and Marketing
Catholic Charities of Denver