OUR BACKGROUND
In 2008, Ken and Mary Nies approached the pastors at Abundant Grace Fellowship with a proposal to setup a "Soup Kitchen", at the Church, for the homeless and needy.

Later that year, The Harry Chapin Food Bank certified Abundant Grace Fellowship as a site to receive donated food
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Also, as Ken and Mary met many homeless men & woman, they asked them, if they would fix their bicycles.

It soon became apparent, there was a need for bicycles and bicycle repairs. These bikes not only provide transportation to and from the "soup kitchens", it also provides them with transportation to work and medical appointments.

Ken realized the area, at Church, was too small to accomodate the Bicycle Ministry.  He met with Pastor John Daugherty, at City Gate Ministries, who was noted for his charitable work.

Pastor Daugherty not only gave Ken a place to store bicycles, but also allowed him to setup a bicycle shop, where the Bicycle Ministry is currently located. Although Pastor Daugherty is no longer there, Pastor David Pleasant has carried out his same passion to help the homeless and needy.

In 2010, Ken & Mary applied for and received their 501(c)3 status, to better serve the community.

As of May 2017, Ken and his volunteers have donated more than 2950 and repaired more than 1000 bicycles, to men, woman and children.

The adults, however, are required to volunteer 8 hours of service, at any not-for-profit church or agency to receive a bicycle.

The children receive bikes for free, because Ken believes that every child should have a bicycle or tricycle.

Mary is still serving meals at Abundant Grace Fellowship and along with the pastors and volunteers, has served more than 42,000 meals, to date.