This week's 7Everyday Hero runs a non-profit he describes as "a beloved ragamuffin project." But Ernie Clark's Second Chance Bicycle Shop is changing lives.
"If we can get a kid a bike, and get them off the streets, who knows what's going to happen to this kid," said Clark.
Clark has given away more than 4,000 bicycles. He and a friend started the non-profit in Aurora 12 years ago. All day, five days a week, Clark and his team of volunteers fix-up used bicycles to give away.
"'Man, you're crazy, you don't get paid for this? You don't make no money on this?', people say. And I go: 'Yeah but I see the faces, the kid's faces,'" said Clark.
Clark works on a lot of kids bikes, but he helps adults who need a bicycle, too.
"He donated 22 bikes within 45 days, since I reached out to him. All of them for homeless, disabled and transitioning veterans," said Tony Medina, veterans employment specialist, Colorado Dept. of Labor.
"I got a Specialized Rock Hopper," said veteran Edward Trujillo.
Trujillo served his country in the U.S. Army for four years. Today, one of Clark's bikes is helping him find a new job.
"Well, yesterday I used it for an interview. It cut my time down by 20 or 30 minutes," said Trujillo.
Ernie Clark's Second Chance Bicycle Shop is improving lives.
"I have a lot of confidence now, especially from where I came to where I am now. I have a lot of confidence that i can obtain the goals that I am seeking and I can get there on time now," said Trujillo.
"If we can give them a bike, just to make them happy, who knows what happens," said Clark.
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