Greetings from the Pelican State
May 27, 2022
By Suzanne Ginger
Hey, y’all! Greetings from The Pelican State! Our bicycling team is gathering today in Slidell, Louisiana, about 35 miles north of New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Hosting our group of two dozen initial riders is the Christ Episcopal Church, of which Father Harry Jenkins is pastor.
Warm feelings and warm temperatures abound here! Already the thermometer’s mercury sits above 85 degrees — at 9 am in the morning. We set off tomorrow on the first day of twenty-eight — better known as The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure Underground Railroad Tour!
An outreach of the church is housing the homeless. Next door to the church, there’s a home set up to welcome families who’ve been living in their cars or have lost their former homes.
Having safe and reliable housing makes a huge difference in a family’s life.
One mother described the Family Promise housing as “lifesaving.” Her six-year-old daughter, she said, has thrived for the “first time in a couple of years.” School delights her. And she wants to “share all of what she’s learned for the day.”
When I hear a story such as this mom’s, I feel encouraged! Bicycling and building on houses means more because now I know someone who’s had her and her family’s life turn around, thanks to having safe and secure housing.
As the Fuller Center provides improved housing, too, I feel honored to team up with this great group!