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Most local homeless shelters split families by gender, but the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality allows families to live in the same facility until they get back on their feet.

That focus on family inspired the shelter's second annual Family Fun Ride fund-raiser, a laid-back bike ride through Overton Park. On Saturday, April 16th, single bikers or entire families can make as many laps around the 1.5-mile trail as they wish.

The Dorothy Day House, which can hold up to three families at a time, depends solely on private donations. Funds raised from the bike ride will support services offered by the shelter, such as employment counseling, transportation assistance, mentoring, and educational guidance. Cost to participate in the ride is $80 per family or $25 for a single rider or ghost rider.

"Our mission is to keep homeless families together. Many shelters cannot do that, but that's what we do," says Sister Maureen Griner, co-director of the house. "When we were looking for a fund-raiser, something involving the whole family made sense."

Though the event is billed as a "ride," walkers are also welcome. The Peddler Bike Shop is conducting free safety inspections of bikes, and Little Caesars is providing pizza for a post-ride party at the Levitt Shell.

Dorothy Day House Family Fun Ride, Levitt Shell in Overton Park, Saturday, April 16th, 9 a.m. $25 individuals/$80 families (489-8573).

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