Cross-Country Bike Riders Team Up With Local Volunteers To Help Time Out Shelter

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The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) on Aug. 10 will join forces with Bike & Build volunteers to complete A Brush with Kindness project at Payson’s Time Out Shelter, as well as several other projects around town.

PAHH’s new repair program for qualified low-income homeowners expands PAHH’s capacity to help those needing a safe and decent place to live. This includes exterior painting, fire wising, minor repair services, and critical home repairs to alleviate health, life, and safety/code issues. Volunteers offer these services at a greatly reduced price to low-income homeowners.

Payson’s Time Out Shelter won the 2012 Best in Rim Country Non-Profit award for the Best Shelter and the Best Thrift Store. Time Out aids abuse victims, seeking to break the cycle of abuse with programs that address abuse survivors’ needs for safety, support, advocacy and resources. The shelter provides a safe home for women and their children, and also help men in abusive situations find a safe place to stay.

The 24-hour emergency hotline number is 928-472-8007.

Bike & Build is a non-profit organization that plans cross-country bicycle trips to benefit affordable housing groups. In the past nine years, they’ve donated more than $3.3 million, volunteered 100,000 hours, pedaled more than 500,000 miles, built for more than 100,000 hours and engaged more than 1,500 young adults in spreading the word about the affordable housing crisis in America.

Participants on Bike & Build trips are of ages 18-25 and rides include up to 34 participants who spend eight to 11 weeks traveling across the United States. They stop en route to build and repair houses with local non-profits like PAHH.

The 33 volunteers will arrive in Payson on Aug. 9, on a cross-country trip that started in Maine on June 18, and will end in Santa Barbara on Aug. 23. They will assist local volunteers, meet donors and local officials, and enjoy a few days in Payson.

PAHH needs more volunteers for the Aug. 10 construction work, including project leaders with construction experience and job coordinators. Paint is being donated by Payson Paint & Supply.

For information, contact the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity at 928-474-0330.

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