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June 22, 2024

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Take the ‘Stop the Cycle of Homelessness Challenge’

Hop on a bike to benefit this organization that provides shelter to those experiencing homelessness

Williamson County Homeless Alliance (WCHA) is putting forth a 200-mile Bicycle Challenge throughout the month of October.

The Challenge is to ride 200 miles in the month of October at your own pace and leisure and raise awareness and funds for those experiencing homelessness. This month-long event is great for all ages and gives cyclists the freedom to explore the beauty of Williamson County whether they ride solo or in a small group.

“This is an opportunity to enjoy the fall weather while supporting those struggling in our community,” says WCHA’s Executive Director Kevin Riggs. “Our holistic approach first provides safe and secure shelter to rest and recover and then offers paths to solving issues that may have led to homelessness such as substance abuse, mental health, or physical health issues or unemployment.”

As a result of the summer’s extremely hot temperatures, WCHA’s emergency shelter broke records for the number of nights they were open. So far this year (since January 1st) the emergency shelter has been opened 94 nights. When temperatures exceed 90 degrees or dips below 32 degrees, those needing shelter meet at the Natchez Community Center for a meal and then spend the night at a local church.

Details: Ride 200 miles during the month of October
T-shirt pickup location: WCHA Office 511 West Meade Blvd., Franklin
Date: Saturday, October 1st, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact: Kevin Riggs,
Registration and Donations

The mission of the Williamson County Homeless Alliance is to develop and maintain a permanent transitional sanctuary that meets the needs of people experiencing homelessness in Franklin/Williamson County Tennessee by partnering with local government, non-profits, businesses, individuals and churches.

For more information about the Williamson County Homeless Alliance, visit


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.