His Wheels has launched a new website that has lots of valuable information on it. The organizational structure and website architecture has been done by Gabi, our talented webmaster. The contents has been written by Alice. However we have not had anyone proof the work before it has gone up on the site.
Alice is listening to this honest and truth telling podcast on Forbes.com. In this podcast, Your Help is Hurting, Jerry Bowyer interviews Peter Greer, the President and CEO of Hope International, which is a microfinance organization, about how are giving hurts others and ourselves. HWI has grappled with working to implement this type of model with our trikes. There is always the question of how can the disabled give back. We have some business students in our University Consortium students who are grappling with this issue on HWI’s behalf in a program in India. Unfortunately it is much easier to be Santa Claus instead of a responsible steward.
Today Kevin picked up seven trikes that were powder coat painted. Now they are ready to be assembled.
Yesterday Alice went to the post office to send out a bulk mailing. Well such an excursion is always a daunting experience. Yesterday was no exception. I had 171 letters to mail. But guess what, one needs 200 pieces of mail to send out a bulk mailing. The words “Go home and get 29 more piece of mail and then come back” came from the post office clerk. (more…)
Cutie is the nickname we’ve given our compact trike. Today Kevin, Alice and Cutie went for a meeting at Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) in Bourbannais, IL. We met with two Mechanical Engineering Faculty members about having 3 senior engineering students use the trike for a senior project.The idea is to look at neuro-engineering and how a quadriplegic could maneuver a trike by EEG brain wave activities.
We dropped Cutie off and here is Cutie’s new home and new roommates
Cutie’s 2nd New Roommate
Cutie’s New Roommate
Kevin on right with ONU faculty
Nose of a Plane
ONU’s Building Shop
It’s possible that Cutie will outsmart any of us at HWI before the year is over if the trike hangs out with this team. We are excited to see the road Cutie takes at ONU. Kevin and Alice will return the 2nd week of September to meet with students and to answer any questions they might have at the time.
God is up to something and we at HWI are along for the ride.
For years we at HWI have been praying, planning, and plodding about how to get our trike seen by someone at Willow Creek. We’ve known that Willow Creek has directors in different parts of the world but even though some of our board goes there, we’ve never found our way to the right people.
Today Alice received an email. In it Alice learned that some people from the Dominican Republic were at the Willow Creek Leadership conference last week. (more…)
This Friday, August 16, 2013, Kevin and Alice will meet with a mechanical engineering professor at Olivet Nazarene University as our next step in the University Trike Consortium. Thanks to Katie, a WMBI listener who introduced us by email.
Today was the final day of our two-wheeled bike ministry. Now we will turn our undivided attention towards our hand-pedaled three-wheeled trike program.
We passed all our inventory on to Working Bikes in Chicago who we have partnered with some over the past few years. They would pick up beyond what we could repair. (more…)
Reflections Fall 2013
This article appeared in Reflections Magazine Fall 2013 edition, a bi-annual publication of Resurrection University (Formerly West Suburban School of Nursing). The magazine features institutional, academic and campus information, as well as alumni news, of which Alice was a 1984 graduate.
Today Alice got a report that the trikes were quite a big hit at the Winfield Criterium. Many people tried them out. They were used in a Mayors race and then were featured in the parade.
Now the US trike goes on to another friend in the area. What fun to provide the freedom of pedal powered wheels to someone longing for some exercise. Enjoy!