The Centers of Hope Bike To Work Ministry is a part of the Sioux Falls Ministry in Downtown Sioux Falls. The program sells bikes to people, very inexpensively, that doesn’t otherwise have a way to get to work. The program says it helps empower people to get on their feet.
The second floor of the Sioux Falls Ministry building looks more like a warehouse. But Aaron Van't Hul, the Bike To Work Coordinator is busy at work.
The Bike To Work Ministry takes your donated old or broken bikes and fixes them up.
"It's bikes we refurbished, put together, and someone can come get it and use it for work, either work for to look for work," Van't Hul said.
Anyone 18 years old or older can come and buy a bike for a few dollars to ride to work or to find work. The ministry charges a small amount of money, mostly $5.00, so the rider can feel ownership.
For the third year in a row Faith Baptist Church in Sioux Falls is holding a donation drive to support this program.
"I just think it's a great way to bless people, to help them with their physical needs of getting to work so hopefully they can support their families and themselves. Just a practical way we can serve the community," Pastor of student ministry and outreach David Moe said.
Van't Hul says it's drives like this that help support the ministry and helps people get to work who may not otherwise be able to.
"600 bikes a year for people to get to work, to be empowered to look for work, this is huge, it's a huge deal," Van't Hul said.
Faith Baptist Church is holding its donation drive Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the church that is located at 57th and Minnesota. If you'd like to volunteer with the Bike To Work Ministry you can come down to the Centers of Hope, it's located in the Sioux Falls Ministry building.