It's a remarkable thing to see a group of bikers come together for a cause. Quite often, they come together for a cause you'd least expect too. Here in Muskegon, we're used to seeing bikers doing remarkable things. Benefiting cancer centers, making sure kids have toys at Christmas, food banks are filled and more. The big, rough and tumble, leather clad bikers are truly good hearted people who want to make a difference in the lives of others and use their collective power to make a statement while helping out some of the more needful areas where things are sometimes forgotten.
Every Woman's Place of Muskegon is a center that provides shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, children's services and education and prevention when it comes to domestic violence. Founded in 1975 and growing ever since Every Woman's place has come to be a safe haven for those who are most vulnerable in Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana Counties. They offer the services mentioned and so much more. Their work is endless, and they are at the ready anytime domestic violence or sexual assault occurs with caring and kind people who begin to help the healing process and do what they can to stop the cycle. They rely on community to help fund the work and this is where you come in if you are one of those bikers we were talking about in the previous paragraph!
The Patriot Ride kicks off from Muskegon's Bike Time Event Sunday July 22nd at 10am. It's an escorted, non stop ride where you'll get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of West Michigan with a couple hundred of your closest biker friends. The registration begins at 10, the ride rolls off at 11 and you're back to Biketime at 12n to enjoy the rest of the days events knowing you've done a good turn for someone who you'll probably never meet, and realistically, you don't need to meet. You helped a fellow human who needed you in their most desperate hour with your suggested donation of $10 for the great ride.
I was able to catch up with Lori Rasmussen of Every Woman's Place to talk a little about the work that goes on as well as the fun of the ride to help benefit their work, take a listen.
The hope is domestic violence has never touched your life. The reality is, it probably has and you might not even know it. It's a control issue. It's a dominance issue it's a matter of who's powerful and how they prove it and it's got to come to a stop. We could go on to give you statistics upon statistics, but instead we'll recommend action. Get out and be a part of the Patriot Ride July 22nd at Muskegon Bike Time. Even if you are not a rider, it's a great chance to stop by and throw a small donation toward Every Woman's Place to help them in their crusade to help treat the victims of domestic violence and prevent it from happening again. If you'd like to know more about the agency, you can click on the logo below to visit their website.