Cycling team continues to raise funds, will hold kick-off event March 1 at Samaritan House shelter
Denver—Team Samaritan House cyclists have raised more than $1 million for Catholic Charities’ homeless shelters throughout northern Colorado after 10 years of raising funds through cycling events to support those in need.
“It’s a monumental milestone for a group of fun-loving, caring men and woman who love to ride bikes,” said Tom Schwein, captain of Team Samaritan House. “Our mission has been and will continue to be raising awareness and money for those experiencing homelessness. Our partnership with Ride the Rockies through The Denver Post Community Foundation has been a blessing, helping us to increase the size of the team from six back in 2011 to over 80 this year, and allowing us to raise more money every year. I can’t thank the members of our cycling team enough for all they do to provide food, clothing and shelter to those in need. It is a testament to our team’s dedication and passion for a great cause. We’ve only just begun!”
The riders will kick off this year with an event starting 3:15 p.m. March 1 at Samaritan House shelter, 2301 Lawrence St., Denver. Friends and family will join to take tours and volunteer to serve dinner. Team Samaritan House—the largest single team in The Denver Post Ride The Rockies—is seeking 100 riders of any faith or experience level, to join the team. More information and registration are available at teamsamaritanhouse.com.
To achieve its million-dollar goal, Schwein organized a team of co-captains, recruited new team members, found corporate sponsors, organized training rides, and represented Team Samaritan House at major cycling events in Colorado and surrounding states. Team Samaritan House participates in cycling events throughout the year, including Subaru Elephant Rock, Triple Bypass, The Denver Post Pedal The Plains, Icon Eyecare Tour of the Moon, Copper Triangle, Courage Classic, and Iron Horse Classic, Santa Fe Century (New Mexico), Moab Skinny Tire Festival (Utah), and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.
Recently, a corporate sponsor gave $5,000 on February 14 that helped the team reach $1 million—funds used to assist families and individuals with achieving self-sufficiency at Samaritan House shelter in Denver, Samaritan House Women’s Emergency Shelter, The Mission in Fort Collins, Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley, and Catholic Charities’ Western Slope Services.
“We’re grateful to Team Samaritan House for what they have done for those experiencing homelessness,” said Darren Walsh, also a team rider, who is president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Denver. “Their passion for helping those in need continues to be an inspiration and example of selfless giving for all of us. The riders have changed the lives of so many families and individuals needing a second chance.”
For more information and to support Team Samaritan House, visit teamsamaritanhouse.com.
Nissa LaPoint, public relations manager
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