Tahoe man cycling across US to raise funds for the homeless
June 7, 2017
South Lake Tahoe resident Daniel Deemer will be cycling across the United States to raise funds for Tahoe Youth & Family Services and to raise awareness about an issue close to his heart.
Deemer departed on May 22 to begin his "Bike For The Homeless" journey in Big Sur. His trek will take him across the U.S. eventually ending at Ocean City, Maryland.
Deemer is currently looking for sponsors for his trek. Those interested in donating can text "Bike2017" to 71777, or visit http://www.tahoeyouth.org for more info. All proceeds raised from Deemer's trek will go toward homeless youth programming and preventative services at Tahoe Youth & Family Services. Deemer will also be keeping an online journal for those interested in keeping track of his progress with daily photos and recaps at http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/bikeforthehomeless2017.
Deemer is no stranger to adventure. Last summer he raised $500 for Tahoe Youth & Family Services through a two-week John Muir Trail hiking excursion.
"I really wanted to find a way to kick it up a notch," Deemer said. "This year, I'll be cycling well over 3,000, if not 4,000 miles, with hopes of raising $10,000 for the community."
The trip will be almost entirely self-supported, meaning no one will meet him along the way to provide supplies or vehicle assistance. He will use a network of friends and family to sleep in a bed and do laundry where he can. He will also be solo for much of the trip although he has received interest from fellow cyclists who will join him for various legs of the journey.
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"I plan on roughly building my route around the National Parks I haven't yet visited, and the National Forests provide public lands that are free to camp on."
The beauty of the Tahoe region unfortunately masks a serious underlying issue of homelessness and transiency. According to data from the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, 136 unduplicated homeless individuals and seven families were served by the Tahoe Warm Room this winter, with 88 percent of those served reporting a local zip code for their permanent residence prior to becoming homeless.
The Lake Tahoe Unified School District reports over 230 homeless youth attend school in the district. Deemer is one of many concerned and passionate local residents who refuse to ignore this issue.
"It's overwhelming to have a community member care so much about the people and find a way to use their unique talents to raise awareness," says Tahoe Youth & Family Services Executive Director Christopher Croft. "This is another example of what makes this such an incredible place — the people."
This article was provided by Tahoe Youth & Family Services, a nonprofit that has provided safety-net and supportive services to families in South Lake Tahoe, California since 1971 and Douglas County, Nevada since 2007. Tahoe Youth & Family Services also has offices in Woodfords, California. Its mission is to promote the healthy development of children, families and individuals through counseling, mentoring and support services.