Ride for a Reason WHO IS PUTTING THIS RIDE ON? WHO IS BENEFITTING? SHIP (the Student’s Homeless Initiative Partnership of Frederick County) provides relief and support to the hundreds of Frederick County Public School (FCPS) students who are encountering homelessness. We chose to take the initiative and do what’s right, take care of urgent needs, and do it now. Working in tandem with FCPS and a number of Frederick County human service agencies, we are strictly focused on providing for these children in need. Poverty and homelessness are pervasive within America’s schools, and our Frederick students are not immune. They exist in every city, town, village and hamlet within Frederick County. In School Year 2015-16, homeless students were located in 61 of the 66 county schools. This issue cuts across all grades and all ethnicities. And the numbers continue to grow each school year. But with your help and support, we can work to provide these children with the things they need to help them lead normal lives. Things like clothing, and shoes, and food, and the ability to participate in activities like their peers. Student homelessness isn’t going away, but when caring cyclists unite with the residents of Frederick County, and align ourselves to helping and supporting these children, wonderful things can happen for us all – especially for these children in need. Click here to learn more about SHIP’s mission, and how we help. Click here to view SHIP’s Facebook page, and to become a “SHIPmate”.