New Life Recyclery is a charity that provides bicycles to the homeless to help them to have reliable transportation so that they can obtain and keep jobs and attend educational programs and medical appointments.
Mike Van Dusseldorp has donated over 1,975 bikes within Wisconsin alone, and over 2,500 bikes altogether world-wide.
Mike needs bike parts in order to fix bikes. These parts are taken from old bikes that have been donated by the community to help fuel the mission. Mike does not get much in the way of financial donations, but he's rarely been short on bikes for parts.
Unfortunately, this summer we were told by our home insurance company that we had too much "debris" in our yard and that if we didn't clean it up (i.e. get rid of the bikes) we wouldn't be able to be insured. This causes a big problem for New Life Recyclery, and it's mission, because if there are no bikes for parts, there are no bikes to give away. Mike cannot afford to just keep buying all his parts new, and relies on his parts bikes to keep going.
The solution we are hoping for, is one of storage. A 20ft storage container would cost $3000 and we could put it in the yard next to the garage, and that would solve the issue of debris in the yard and allow Michael to continue to store bikes and parts and to continue his work with New Life Recyclery.
An additional $1000-$2000 would get a larger storage unit, outfit it with storage racks and shelves for parts, and pay for taking down trees that are in the way for the placement of the storage unit.
Mike also relies on his wife's car to transport bicycles. Any additional funds will help Mike to afford to purchase a vehicle that he can use to transport bicycles so that he does not have to depend on his wife's car.