Brad Unger, program director for Recovery of Hope captained a group of 35 cyclists that took part in a nation-wide cycling event called Ride for Refuge. It is an umbrella organization under which charities can register and participate. Eden Health Care Services was approved as one of those charities, making this the first year that the organization has participated in this event.
The event has a number of participation levels available, which includes a 5 km walk/run, a 10 km ride, a 25 km ride and a 50 km ride. More than half of the Recovery of Hope Riders chose the 25 or 50 km route that began on Knowles Ave. in the north of Winnipeg, made its way to Lockport and along the edge of the spillway before returning to the starting point.
Recovery of Hope Riders were responsible for raising over $14,000 for Eden Health Care Services and of the 31 charities represented at the event that in total raised $166,689, the team was the second largest fund-raiser.
Funds raised by Recovery of Hope Riders will be used in supporting the work of Eden’s many service areas including Recovery of Hope Counselling program. Their counselling services are actively available in Steinbach, Altona, Portage la Prairie, Winkler and two locations in Winnipeg. What makes this program unique is that Eden engages the counselling services of trained professionals in some of the leading practices currently available. Although this is a ‘fee for service’ program, no one is turned away due to their particular financial circumstances. People who seek the counsel of these professionals, pay on a scale based on income. The difference between that ability to pay and the cost to engage professional counsellors is subsidized by the resources that are raised through an event such as this. This last year 1,700 counselling sessions were possible because of these financial resources. How the lives of people receiving counselling is a private matter but it would be appropriate to assume that hope is being recovered.