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Ride for helping the homeless on Aug. 17
'Ride to Provide' raises funds for mentally ill and homeless
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The community is invited to participate in the "Ride To Provide" event followed by a carnival Saturday, Aug. 17, to raise awareness about mental health issues and homelessness.

Community Friendship, Inc. (CFI) and Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson in Conyers will host the event to promote an open discussion of mental health disorders and investments in prevention, intervention and supportive services for homeless people in the metro Atlanta area.

Registration to ride in the event will begin at Sam's Club on Turner Hill Road 9:30 a.m. with the ride starting at 10:45 a.m. and ending with a carnival and entertainment at Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson. The registration fee is $20 for a single motorcycle rider and $25 for a driver plus one rider.

WSB-TV anchor Jocelyn Dorsey is the Grand Marshall of the event, which is open to the entire community, and Conyers Mayor Randy Mills is the guest speaker. Free food, carnival games, face painting, inflatable amusement for kids, live entertainment and more will be held from 11am to 5pm at Stone Mountain Harley Davidson located at 900 Dogwood Drive in Conyers.

Community Friendship, Inc.'s initiative "Unsheltered No More" seeks to provide a supportive community for people whose mental illness prevents them from participating in community life, employment and relationships.

"As we assess the needs of individuals, CFI estimates that 20 percent to 30 percent of (homeless) individuals will have mental illness," CFI President Jean Toole said. CFI and other community agencies are seeking to drive efforts to house 200 chronically homeless people, 400 homeless veterans and 200 episodically homeless individuals.

For further details involving the Ride To Provide or CFI contact Terrisita Terry at (404)875-0381 or tterry@communityfriendship.or visit