Valerie Howard decided to not let a foul season permit conditions to “rust” in her life.
Like many individuals, Howard has misplaced a number of family members in 2020.
Together with assist from the LCCAA Bike Store at 204 W. 10th St. in Lorain, she restored 5 bicycles.
Now Howard is inviting folks to share in a tribute experience together with her.
“I misplaced round 30 folks final yr, after which my mom this yr,” Howard mentioned. “I made a decision to take the bikes and title them in honor of individuals.”
When contemplating eliminating the unused bikes in her house, Howard says she was led by God to repair them.
“When issues sit for a very long time, they rust out,” Howard mentioned. “Similar to folks, you may rust out and need to hand over, however we have to get a contemporary begin similar to the bikes did.”
From 10 to 11 a.m. June 26 at God’s Kngdom, 423 Washington Ave. in Lorain, Howard will lead a bicycle experience round Veterans Memorial Park to honor family members who’ve transitioned.
“I’ll experience with them, and we don’t have to speak,” Howard mentioned. “Generally, folks must know they’re not alone.
“I don’t should know them; I’m simply right here to help them.”
The situation signifies the significance of remembering historical past, however Howard says she hopes the contemporary air conjures up individuals to start a brand new chapter.
She mentioned strolling round Lake Erie and getting contemporary air helped her take care of grief, and he or she want to prolong that to the group.
“The rides symbolize folks transferring ahead,” Howard mentioned.
She insists she isn’t an informed counselor, however attended Lorain County Neighborhood Faculty for teaching.
Since shedding a cherished one to suicide, she mentioned she has labored intently with Psychological Well being, Dependancy and Restoration Providers (MHARS) Board of Lorain County, regarding suicide prevention, workshops and total psychological well being consciousness.
LCCAA Bike Store, which assisted with the bike repairs, is a nonprofit that has been downtown for 3 years.
“Most of our bikes are donated,” mentioned Josh Smith, the youth service coordinator. “The Bike Store is open to supply work expertise for our youth mentorship and supply transportation at an affordable value.”
The Bike Store is simply comfortable to help in the neighborhood, Smith mentioned.
“As a nonprofit, we’re in a position to actually meet folks the place they’re and accommodate them,” he mentioned.
individuals can experience all through the summer time with Howard and obtain inspiring supplies to encourage hope and therapeutic.
“Individuals can deliver their very own bikes to experience to get freedom after confinement because of the COVID-19, enter the raffle to win a motorcycle and helmets or signal as much as take a motorcycle experience with me,” she mentioned. “We are going to give out meals, hope baggage and different enjoyable actions.”
For extra data, name 440-308-1007.