Cross-Country Cyclists Build Homes for the Needy in Colorado

Jul 12, 2013

Cindy Freimark and Rachel Scheinman are part of the group Bike and Build. On Friday, they're helping construct a home in Silt.
Cindy Freimark and Rachel Scheinman are part of the group Bike and Build. On Friday, they're helping construct a home in Silt.
Credit Marci Krivonen

A group of cross-country cyclists is making a stop in Silt Friday to help build a house. The group will work with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to construct a home for a family in need.

The cycling group, called Bike and Build, sends groups of young people on long tours through different parts of the country, where they hammer nails for affordable housing projects.

24-year-old Cindy Freimark is with the group building homes in Colorado this summer. She says she’s been touched by the stories she hears.

"On bike and build we have to interview families who receive a home. One family I interviewed said, they were infested with rats and cockroaches to the point where every time they put food down, cockroaches would come out. I just can’t imagine living in a place like that," she says.

When they’re not building homes, the group is peddling. They average 75 miles a day. Their entire trip is about 4200 miles, from South Carolina to California.