The article mentions how a bicycle program for women in transition has affected the women of Interim House positively on their road to recovery and a healthy lifestyle.
The program director, Kathy Wellbank, and a current staff and former client, Thelma Yancy, appeared on Community College of Philadelphia's (CCP) Tapestry of Living TV Show, Channel 53, to discuss women and recovery. You can watch the video on CCP's website or on You Tube.
Interim House, Inc has received a $12,500 Community Fund grant from Women's Way to foster Career Development for Women in Recovery. Fifteen women who have had success in their recoveries from substance use will participate in a rigorous program to become certified in Pennsylvania as Peer Recovery Specialists. They will receive academic and GED training with Interim House's teachers and tutors and career training from PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization-Achieving Community Together). With Certification as Peer Recovery Specialists, women at Interim House - many of whom have lengthy histories of substance use and homelessness - will be able to secure well-paying careers helping other people who struggle with drug use and/or behavioral health challenges.
Program participants and graduates from PHMC's Interim House and CHANCES programs went for a bike ride on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Mayor Michael Nutter on Friday, May 18, 2012, National Bike to Work Day. These women are part of Gearing Up, a nonprofit organization that promotes biking and bike education for women in recovery. Gearing Up was founded by Kristin Gavin when she was the fitness consultant at Interim House. Every year, Mayor Nutter promotes cycling on Bike to Work Day by going for a ride with representatives of local bike groups. This year, he particularly called on the women from Gearing Up, Interim House and CHANCES, inviting them to bike up front and to stand on the podium with him at LOVE Park during his press conference.