MORRISTOWN, NJ - Every September, thousands of cyclists from all over the country flock to Morristown for the annual Gran Fondo NJ. With a mission of “giving back to our community”, Gran Fondo NJ has continually raised funds for charitable organizations in the area, and Homeless Solutions, Inc. is honored to once again be a beneficiary.

On Sunday, September 9 th , over 65 riders joined HSI's “Riding for Homes” team and despite the rain took to the streets to help build a better tomorrow. There are five different route options, giving riders of all experience levels the chance to enjoy some of New Jersey’s most scenic places. The 18, 42, 62, 75, or 107 mile routes provide an
opportunity for our riders to do something they enjoy while fundraising for a cause they truly believe in.

With an ambitious goal to raise $70,000, and a day filled with cold temperatures, rain, and wind, the riders had a tough road ahead. The funds raised will be used towards HSI's newest housing project on Martin Luther King Avenue in Morristown. The eight unit property is the first to offer a four-bedroom apartment, allowing the organization the ability to accommodate larger families – a need in the community.

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Homeless Solutions believes there is an overwhelming need for affordable housing in Morris County. For the last 14 years, HSI has built and rehabbed 66 affordable housing units all over the county. Over the past 35 years, HSI has been helping the homeless and working poor in Morris County. We are unique in what we do, and our philosophy of “A Hand Up, Not a Handout” perfectly describes that. CEO Dan McGuire explains, “It’s not just about housing the homeless. The goal is to provide people with the tools they need to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient. We are working to break the cycle of homelessness.”

When asked what motivates him to continue to be such a strong advocate and fundraiser for the HSI team year after year, seven-time Gran Fondo rider and Team Captain Steve Trozinski stated, “Combining a great cycling event with a great cause makes it easy for me to raise money for something I am passionate about. When people understand the impact we are trying to have on the community, they are always very supportive.”

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