By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 9, 2018
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Bikers are pushing the pedal to the metal in Valdosta as they gear up to hit the road, biking border to border.
This weekend, a group from Azalea City Church of God will be leaving Valdosta to bike to the Alabama border, all the way to the coast and back, but their reason to hit the road is much bigger than their mileage.
"I was in my little study at home when this kind of came to me, and I walked in to the living room where my children and my wife were, and I said we're going to ride across the state of Georgia," said Pastor Brett Jarriel.
The group of about ten bikers will be taking off from Azalea City in Valdosta on Sunday, riding more than 300 miles. Each pedal is turning for a special cause.
For Michael Meadows, the vision began years ago.
"We're supposed to work with young men, and [my wife's] exact words were, I see that," Meadows said.
His vision was The Promise House. It's a home for young men, aging out of foster case with no where to go. He said too often, these men end up incarcerated or homeless. Meadows said as many as fifty percent of young end up in these situations in their first year after leaving foster care.
"We want to give them an opportunity to come in, further their education, get a trade, whatever the case may be that they need to get them on their feet," Meadows said.
The Promise House will be a home in Adel for ten young men. Organizers hope to open early next year, but in order to do so they need funding. That's the reason for this bike ride, each mile biked making that happen.
"If you can change the direction of these young men's lives, how great of an impact can you make in a community," Jarriel said.
This is the second year of the Border to Border bike ride. Last year they rode from the Florida border to Tennessee, raising about $50,000. This year they hope to double that.
Meadows said the home will cost about $150,000 annually to provide for these men. Donations for the Promise House can be made through Azalea City Church.