Mission and Goals
Project RIDE (Recreation, Independence, Development and Education) provides modified tricycles to children with special needs who would not otherwise have an opportunity to ride a bike. The trike is on loan to the family until the child outgrows it. This program is designed to enhance each child's recreational independence while fostering new motor and social skills. Project RIDE is a program that is sponsored by the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, a nonprofit, 501C3, social service organization welcoming individuals of all ages, races and religious affiliations living in South Florida.
How Your Contribution Helps
Purchase customized tricycles for children with special needs between the ages of 6-17. Each specially modified tricycle costs $450.00 and is on loan to a family. When the child outgrows the trike, the child is then eligible to receive a larger bike, if appropriate. Each returned bike is then given to another family whose child is ready to learn how to ride this modified bike. As we meet each family and learn more about their child's unique needs, Project RIDE will direct the family towards the many other Levis JCC programs that may benefit their child.
Words cannot express the excitement I felt when my 9 year old son, Sam, got on the Project RIDE bike for the first time! His face lit up with excitement as he pedalled down the street with the wind in his hair. His 2 brothers were also equally thrilled to be able to ride around our neighborhood and have "together time like typical brothers". You don't realize how these little things- such as a bike, can change the lives of so many---our whole family! We can now take bike rides together, whereas before we never could. Before we received the bike, it was so hard to wave at my husband and 2 older kids while standing in the driveway holding my son Sam's hand--Now, that is all in the past! I am so grateful for this Project RIDE bike, and for all the blessings this community has given us in order to make our family life even more meaningful and special. Emily Grabelsky