I came across this amazing project in Toronto. The Nelly's Women's Shelter devised a program to provide its residents with donated bicycles. here is their story and below I have posted some of their client's comments
“In all my life I have never had a bike. I’m 45 now and I finally have one. This program has changed my life!“
“I feel so proud to have a bike that’s all mine!“
“I can put my things in the basket and then I go. To work, to shopping…it’s good!“
Also, Nellie's is currently working on forming partnerships with local bike repair businesses to help mitigate the cost to repair donated bikes and equipment in "rough shape." Hogg, who said bikes in good working order are especially appreciated, hinted it would be extra helpful if the city stepped up to the plate and donated some memberships to its new Bixi bike rental program. The donated bikes and gear will be used by women and children at the shelter as well as by the kids in the shelter's summer camp program. Those who move out or those who don't live at the shelter, but seek assistance from Nellie's will be given the bikes and equipment.
To make a donation, or for more information about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-461-0769.
Taken from the Insidetoronto.com