The Public Safety donated Washington College's castoff bikes to a shelter for homeless men in Dover.
Every year, Public Safety collects bikes that have been left behind on campus or no longer wanted by their owners. Director of Public Safety, Jerry Roderick, learned about a bicycle program run by the Dover Interfaith Mission's shelter for homeless men and decided to offer WC's bikes. Public Safety was storing the 10 unclaimed bicycles in the empty board of education building on Washington Avenue.
The Dover shelter repairs and refurbishes the bikes for their clients, who can use them to get to job interviews and more.
“These bikes couldn’t have arrived at a better time. We’ve had a lot of new people coming to the shelter in recent weeks, and the bicycle transportation is a very important part of our mission. Most of the men are using the bikes to get to places here in Dover, but we do have one resident who bikes 30 miles to a job every day.”