One of my favorite things to see is someone go from being sad, depressed, angry, confused, desperate, hungry, lonely and disconnected to happy, hopeful, joyful, satisfied, connected and loved. That is what Wrench Raiders is all about: we create community with people and use the bicycle as a means to that end. Whenever a rusty old trash-heap of a bike rolls up to one of our repair stands, we often see this kind of transformation in a persons life take place as they watch their bike become operational again. It is a connection that is real, beneficial and beautiful.
I don’t want to over-dramatize the situation, but have you ever woken up one morning, gotten ready for work, piled in your car only to realize that your battery was dead? The feelings of desperation, panic and hopelessness come flooding into your thoughts. We need transportation… in our society, our means of survival are based on our abilities to get from here to there on a consistent basis. For those of us who find ourselves living on the streets or in camps along the fringes of our cities, transportation is a daily struggle, a daily barrier to survival.
When you see people you love struggling, what do you do? We created Wrench Raiders because our friends bikes were broken and we couldn’t afford to pay someone to fix them, so we started fixing them ourselves. Then more people started showing up, we fixed their bikes too… and they found out that it was a safe place, so they stuck around.
Right now, we only have about $35.00 dollars left in our account to buy parts. Once that money is used up (which will be very soon), it will be very hard to continue operating Wrench Raiders in the same capacity. We need your help to not only sustain what we are doing, but to dream together about where Wrench Raiders is heading. There are many opportunities staring us in the face, but we are severely limited by a lack of financial backing.
Please consider joining us in our effort to build community among people who desperately need it. Please click on the banner below to view the many ways you can partner with us: