Fundraiser to help Kansas City homeless families

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – River of Refuge is inviting all bikers, riders and watchers to participate in a motorcycle ride across the city on Saturday, June 17 to raise money for local homeless families.

This sixth annual “Ride For Refuge” will start at the First Baptist Church of Raytown (10500 E. 350 Highway Raytown, Missouri 64138) and end at River of Refuge (5155 Raytown Rd – Kansas City, Mo. 64133). The event features food, music, prizes, and other festivities for participants and attendees. All of the proceeds will benefit River of Refuge and the families they support.

Registration is from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, June 17 and the ride starts at 10 a.m. For motorcycle riders the cost is $25; each passenger is $5; and buggies are $30. To register, please click here or call 816-737-5100.

The “Ride for Refuge” was started by avid KC motorcyclists and longtime supporters of River of Refuge, Timmarie and Rob Mahaffey. This KC couple wanted to spread the word about the problem of the hundreds of working poor families in the Kansas City area living in pay-by-the-week motels for months and sometimes years. These homeless families work hard to pay $800 -$1,200 per month for a one-room living space just so they can keep their families together. Many find themselves trapped, unable to save enough money for deposits, first month’s rent, or utilities for safe, permanent housing. The Mahaffies hope the “Ride for Refuge” raises money and awareness for this homelessness problem.

River of Refuge, which opened in the spring of 2016, focuses on building self-sufficiency. Families are placed on a strict budget and given the educational tools to help address the issues that lead to homelessness.

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