Bikes, boats, benefit: Water and Spirit Ride this Saturday

July 23, 2009 7:05 pm
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Saturday is the Water and Spirit Ride to raise money for Family Promise of Seattle, a West Seattle-based organization that helps homeless families – families who have few places to turn, as most homeless shelters are not able to accommodate keeping family members together. Here’s the announcement:

Join St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church for their Water & Spirit Bike Ride 2009, a 40-mile ride that includes three scenic ferry crossings and concludes with a party at Me Kwa Mooks Park. Riders are welcome to come with bikes ready for a road trip. Helmets are a must. Friends are welcome.

The ride is organized as a fun community event and to raise awareness and funds for Family Promise of Seattle, an emergency housing program for homeless families based here in West Seattle. FPS coordinates a network of 15 congregations and over 100 volunteers that provides fellowship and nightly shelter and food at local churches, while staff provides case management to help newly homeless families access the resources they need to regain self-sufficiency. FPS has served 12 families since opening a year ago this month.

The ride begins with registration at St. John’s 6:15-8:00 AM in order to take 7:35 or 8:45 AM ferry crossings to Bremerton. Registration fee for adults $30, $20 for youth 18 and under, and includes ferry passes, a T-shirt, and picnic on the beach. Riders are encouraged to solicit sponsorships. Please visit to download rider registration and sponsor pledge forms.

St. John’s is next to West Seattle High School; here’s a map.

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