The Ride Was Amazing
January 29, 2017
My friend Rob and I had the idea for The Recovery Ride after participating in AIDS Life/Cycle, a 7-day 545-mile charity ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We felt as though it were time to connect the cycling community in San Diego with nonprofits doing important HIV prevention and treatment work in San Diego county. Our beneficiaries are Stepping Stone of San Diego and the HIV Funding Collaborative. Through both of those benficiaries, we contribute to funding over 11 local organizations and the impact of our contributions reach thousands in need each year.
I will not be riding in ALC this year due to a date conflict, so this will be my major personal fundraising effort for the year. Any amount is welcome, and helps, and does a ton of good. You can be sure the impact of your donations is directly felt by those that receive help.
The Recovery Ride is thankfully still small and nimble, with an all-volunteer committe and low overhead so a huge portion of your donation goes directly to the beneficiaries ... and helps us build this community of caring individuals committed to the cause.
Some information about Stepping Stone:
Since 1976, Stepping Stone has focused on providing recovery services for the San Diego LGBT community. Over its 40 year history, Stepping Stone has helped thousands of men and women recover from a seemingly hopeless life of alcoholism, drug addiction, and co-occurring disorders and situations that often accompany those issues.
Stepping Stone is one of the few LGBT-focused residential recovery centers in the nation. Each year, they help over 100 new individuals who want to be treated for their drug and alcohol problems. They do not discriminate on the basis of ability to pay – they have programs available that cover most if not all of the cost of our program, and they have a limited number of beds available for private-pay clients as well.
Stepping Stone is a hybrid social model recovery program, where residents undergo intensive education, counseling and exposure to 12-step and other recovery programs, and sets an effective foundation for a life free of drugs and alcohol.
In addition, they treat the whole person at Stepping Stone, addressing long-neglected “other issues” such as mental health, HIV and AIDS, and trauma. They believe – and our statistics support – that their holistic approach leads to excellent success for their residents.
Information about the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative:
The San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative (SDHFC) is a program chaired by the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF). Established in 1990 by a group of local funders and community members concerned with the impact of AIDS on the San Diego region, the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative’s mission is to raise, leverage and collaboratively allocate private funds in order to reduce the impact of HIV in the San Diego region.