Bike Shop #4! 2014-2015
In summer 2014, RBH was once again homeless: the landowner sold “The Warehouse” on Elder St. After a frantic search RBH moved into another empty 5,000 square foot building at 2266 Atlas St. Harrisburg. Formerly a 1920’s vehicle maintenance shop, and later furniture storage, this new “Warehouse” also had no electricity, running water, bathrooms, or HVAC. Once again volunteers installed basic electricity with lighting and a few outlets. During a frantic Labor Day weekend they moved hundreds of bikes, storage units, parts and tools to their new (and current) home.
RBH has continued to grow in this new neighborhood. Dozens of volunteers continue to receive donations for bikes, recycle, rehab, and give away bicycles to the needy and deserving, and train new owners how to maintain, and safely ride their bikes. In 2015 a new “safety vest program” began. Now everyone who gets a bike at RBH also gets a fluorescent safety vest for free. Two more partnerships were recently developed by RBH. In 2015, Life Cycle Carlisle, a non-profit bike shop was established with the assistance of RBH. RBH also helped the Lebanon County Mission and Lebanon County Pedals For Progress create a nonprofit bike shop of their own. RBH is now busier than ever.
Today: Making our Mission Permanent: 2016
RBH was recently formally incorporated as a 501c3, IRS designated non-profit charitable organization by its Board of Trustees. To create a permanent home for the organization with adequate space and facilities, a capital campaign has been initiated to raise funds to purchase and renovate a building in Harrisburg and to create a stable base of funding for continuing service and outreach into the future.