Get your motor running for The Way Home’s 9th Annual Freedom Ride

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MANCHESTER, NH — Local motorcycle riders and friends will literally be hitting the road in September in support of The Way Home.  The occasion: The agency’s 9th Annual Freedom Ride. The event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15 with all proceeds benefiting the programs and services of The Way Home.

“The Freedom Ride is one of our annual signature events,” said Mary Sliney, Executive Director at The Way Home. “It’s a mix of mission, awareness and fun.  It’s also an opportunity to thank and recognize Veterans for their service to our country.”

The event starts in downtown Manchester with motorcyclists gathering for breakfast and registration at Market and Franklin streets (middle lot).  At 9:30 a.m. an escorted ride will take place along scenic local back roads to the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. Following a special ceremony, the procession will return to Strange Brew Tavern in the Queen City for the popular “Biker Bash” where participants will enjoy a lunch, live music, raffles, a silent auction and much more.

Registration is $30 per rider and $10 per passenger.  Non-riders are also welcome to attend the Biker Bash at a cost of $10 per person.  Riders who register by Friday, August 31 receive a free commemorative T-shirt.

Now celebrating its 30th year, The Way Home provides a broad range of services, support and education to clients who don’t have access to safe, affordable housing.  The agency serves over 1,300 individuals each year.

Comcast is serving as the major sponsor for the event.  In addition to their financial support, the company completed a day long community service project at The Way Home this past spring, where they helped refurbish housing units and beautify the landscape at The Way Home’s Spruce Street campus.  “Comcast has been a wonderful supporter and advocate for our work,” noted Sliney.  “We can’t thank them enough.”

Other event sponsors include: St. Mary’s Bank, Strange Brew Tavern, Blacklite Band, Great North Aleworks and Spectrum Marketing Companies.

Sliney also lauded the work of The Freedom Ride Committee, “a hard working and dedicated group of staff, board members, community volunteers and advocates.”

To learn more about The Way Home’s 9th Annual Freedom Ride, please contact Bianka Beaudoin, the agency’s Development Director at or via telephone at 603-218-1458.

About The Way Home

Now celebrating our 30th year of community service, The Way Home is a non-profit dedicated to helping low-income households obtain and sustain safe, affordable housing throughout the state of New Hampshire.  Since 1988, we have assisted more than 21,000 homeless and high-risk families, individuals, veterans and special needs clients with their housing needs.

 Our Mission and Vision statements speak of creatively helping those with the fewest resources. When designing our programs, The Way Home looks first to empower our clients in need. Over the past three decades, this has meant helping them increase their resourcefulness by providing more financial literacy classes, housing counseling and coaching, steps to success coaching, healthy home education, landlord/tenant rights and other life skills classes.

Our Vision is to continue as an innovative, grassroots organization committed to creatively helping those with the least resources increase access, raise hope, and build self-esteem.  We believe in implementing a “housing first” approach, which provides secure housing with the support they need to make a difference in their lives.

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