last monday, sam, nephew duo:spastic-fantastic, and i, went to work making old tires new. the story is this:
detroit's got abandoned tires: bad for the environment, bad for people, bad for morale.
detroit's got people who are homeless and unemployed.
cass community green industries, one of many ccss programs**, makes tires + people = mud mats, which are sold nationwide.
overhead = nilch.
proceeds go directly to paying the mud mat makers and helping ccss to be a more self-sufficient organization.
founder, reverend faith fowler, summed it up like this: "it's cleaning up our community and creating jobs for people. and it doesn't cost the city a dime."
**cass community social services also uses tires to make heavy-duty shingles for sheds and garages. other programs include soup kitchens, shelters, and transitional housing.
You may ask yourself, "How did I get here?". - I'm going to tell you all about L'Eroica California in painstaking detail: Just not now. I will say though that I've given a lot to cycling over the years...