International Rescue Committee (IRC)

IRC Sacramento Bike Drive

IRC Sacramento Bike Drive

Over 30 bikes have been donated to the IRC Bike Drive in Sacramento, putting them well on their way towards the goal of collecting 80 bikes for the IRC’s 80th anniversary.  The bikes benefit newly resettled refugees by providing an alternative source of mobility in an area notorious for limited public transportation.  IRC Sacramento Employment Manager Azzie Rapadas notes, “Sacramento transportation options are a huge handicap for refugees entering the Sacramento area and a bike can improve mobility and morale.”  The donated bikes help refugees get to work, school, and IRC classes, easing their resettlement in Sacramento.

Fifteen refugee clients have already received a donated bike, with many more planned for the coming weeks and months. Married couple Yekaterina Panteleyeva and Nader Hanif received bike donations from IRC Sacramento in June. “With the bike I go around the city and to the park,” said Panteleyeva. “Without bike, we don’t go out.” She notes that the bike makes going to the bank, store and classes much easier. Panteleyeva is now able to reach her IRC English and employment classes in seven minutes, a journey that used to take twenty five minutes by walking.