Olga Rodriguez was elated Thursday to receive over 30 refurbished bicycles for children at the Haven of Peace.
She’s the executive director for the French Camp emergency homeless shelter for women and their children.
“This is more than just great – this is a blessing,” Rodriguez said.
She’s extremely thankful to Pete Paulsen of nearby Paulsen Motorsports.
For Paulsen, he credits Vince Haro and his clean-up business for coming up with the bicycles that were still far from being junk.
Those first batch of bikes received some elbow grease and a lot of TLC from Paulsen and the likes of volunteers such as Doug before being delivered to the Haven of Peace.
Paulsen received a few more bikes from other sources.
Rodriguez said the bikes will be used for children of the shelter to play with “on a daily basis.”
She added: “They’ll also be allowed to take (the bikes) with them later on.”
As for Paulsen – he’s also known for his annual Hot Rod Party in October – the spirit of giving goes well beyond the holidays.
“We’ll get more,” he said, indicating the need to help more area families.
Meanwhile, Haven of Peace – 7070 Harlan Road – has been servicing the area for 59 years, according to Rodriguez.
The 24/7 French Camp shelter can accommodate up to 35 homeless women, ages 18 to 65, and their children.
“We provide a variety of classes (to residents) such as life skills, parenting, budgeting and computer classes,” Rodriguez said.
Those residing here are referred to by other agencies for assistance with domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health as well as other issues.