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Pedal Past Poverty 2.22.2020

Partners for Affordable Housing

Eighth Annual Pedal Past Poverty Fundraiser Supporting Homelessness on February 22

Mankato — February 7, 2020 — Back for the eighth year, Partners for Affordable Housing (PAH) is hosting its annual Pedal Past Poverty event on Saturday, February 22 at the Mankato YMCA. Presented by MEI Total Elevator Solutions, this exciting and unique stationary bike race has been a key element for PAH to raise funds to help fight homelessness in the Mankato and Saint Peter communities.

Over 30 teams of ten individuals each will gather at the YMCA, ready to pedal to the limit and help raise funds that will directly benefit the work that PAH does in southern Minnesota. This event has become popular over the past several years and is not just for biking enthusists. Riders from ages six to 90 join teams of ten, each pedaling for a 20-minute heat. Prizes are awarded each heat and for designations like team spirit and most team miles biked. The event is more about having a fun time while supporting a great cause.

“We are proud to support Pedal Past Poverty,” said Coralyn Musser, Director of Outreach and Engagement for MEI Total Elevator Solutions. “This event not only brings greater awareness to our community regarding the issues surrounding homelessness, but also raises much needed funding for PAH and the families it serves. It’s such a fun, high energy experience for our employees, and the PAH staff does a fantastic job coordinating this impactful day.”

Clark Johnson, former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 19A, is the keynote speaker, and music/entertainment will be provided by Radio Mankato. Teams are encouraged to wear costumes and decorate the area around their bike. The atmosphere is loud and spirited, as people encourage their fellow team members along.

PAH’s emergency shelter sites, Theresa House and Welcome Inn in Mankato, and their newest Union Street Place in Saint Peter, house up to 18 families nightly. Over 12,000 bednights are being served between the the three shelters in Mankato and Saint Peter in a twelve month period. Children under age 18 account for 43 percent of all shelter guests.

“There continues to be a great need for emergency housing in the Mankato area,” said Jen Theneman, Partners for Affordable Housing Executive Director. “We provide emergency shelter for 54 people each night, year-round, while also supporting them with case management, food, transportation and much more; however, that does not meet the need. Everyday, we receive many calls of people looking for a safe place and a fresh start. It is so important to come together as a community and support those among us who do not have a place to call home.”

Teams can still sign up to participate in the event by visiting partnersforhousing.org/pedal. Riders without teams can participate as well by joining the “Mismatched Socks” team. Local businesses interested in sponsoring the event are asked to call 507-387-2115 ext 4.

“We are excited to come together as a community that cares, to make our 8th Annual Pedal Past Poverty an amazing event and raise funds that we really count on,” Theneman said, “This community is incredible when it comes to rallying support for important causes or needs within Greater Mankato, and we feel so blessed that people believe in our mission to impact homelessness.”

Deep-rooted in the community for over 35 years, Partners for Affordable Housing is seasoned in serving the housing needs for vulnerable populations. The organization owns and operates a number of site housing facilities that provide different housing options. In addition to three Southern Minnesota emergency shelters, PAH provides transitional and permanent affordable housing options to the homeless and/or at-risk individuals and families in the Mankato area.


For more information:

Kirsten Becker, Communications Manager: 507-387-2115 ext 4
cell: 507-340-3214

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership