44th Annual Anchor House “Classic” Ride, Flex Ride and Walk planned for 2022.
Anchor House, Trenton's shelter and multi-service agency for abused, runaway, homeless, aging out and at-risk youth, is celebrating the Ride’s 44th year. The annual 500-mile Ride is from Virginia to New Jersey over the course of seven days. The annual event has expanded to include a 6 week ride and walk.
The Classic” “Ride for Runaways” begins in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 10, 2022 and returns to Trenton, New Jersey on July 16, averaging 70 miles a day.” There are 7 stops along the way including: Charlottesville, Culpepper and Leesburg, Virginia; Gettysburg, Lancaster, and Lansdale, Pennsylvania; and Trenton, New Jersey.
The “Flex” ride will commence on June 4 and end on July 16th. It will be a flexible; ride where you can, when you can, over 6 weeks for a total of 500 miles. The walk will commence on June 4 and consist of 100 miles over 6 weeks, also ending on July 16th.
The goal of all of the challenges of the annual “Ride for Runaways” is to raise money so that Anchor House can continue running their programs and providing a safe haven where abused, runaway, homeless, aging out and at risk youth and their families are empowered to succeed and thrive. Over the 43 years of the Ride, it is estimated that more than $9 million has been raised for this important cause. Registration for all 3 challenges will be available on the anchor house ride website (www.anchorhouseride.rallybound.org) in mid-January.
Today, Anchor House programs include the original 24-hour homeless shelter for youth ages 12-17, a transitional living program where youths learn to live independently and also an outreach program called Anchor Link, which provides services to young adults ages 14-21. The primary purpose of Anchor House is to reach out to youth on the streets to reduce the incidence of runaways and homelessness. The goal is to build relationships with youth to engage them in services that will help them be productive members of society. The Anchor Line Permanent Apartment Program works with homeless young adults ages 18-21. Anchor Line supports these young adults by providing subsidized housing, food, case management, and life skills education in order to give them the time and skills they need to successfully live on their own. The Connecting Youth Program helps young men and women ages 14-17 build a support system, so that they have life-long connections within the community.
THANK YOU 2021 ANCHOR HOUSE RIDE/WALK PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR DONORS FOR RAISING OVER $400,000 AND COUNTING........ ********************************************************************************** Welcome from the Executive Director
For 43 years, Anchor House has expanded its territory to impact the lives of children and youth ages 11 to 21. What began in 1978, as a need to shelter young people who had runaway has now been expanded to not only provide a shelter but emergency respite care for younger children, a long term placement for our youth aging out of the foster care system, apartment living and street outreach services. The doors of Anchor House have remained opened and our program services have been increased because of the dedicated support of the community. If this is your first ride or you are a veteran rider, we want you to know how invaluable your support is to us — how much our kids so desperately need your support in their lives. You are part of a solution — a solution to help children who are hurting and in need, a solution to stabilize families and a solution to help our young people transition successfully into adulthood. While you are riding or walking, know that your challenge is with a cause and for a purpose — to make a difference in the lives of our children. Thank you for your commitment to helping our kids! ~Kim McNear