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Chain Reaction Ministries

Houston, TX

Chain Reaction Ministries provides freedom of transportation to those in need through a ministry of bicycle recycling. Started at Memorial Drive Christian Church in Houston, Texas, CRM recycles bicycles by linking donors with identified needs in the community. Started in December 2009, CRM had humble beginnings by answering a call by Westside Homeless Partnership for used bikes for kids in their program. The ministry has now expanded to Oklahoma City as well.

The secret to CRM’s success is linking the donor with the recipient. People have an emotional attachment to their bicycles. It was their first bike, or their kid’s first bike – and they don’t simply want to set it on the curb, or donate it to a large, faceless charity. They want to know that their bike can provide the same freedom and hope to a person in need that they experienced. CRM takes bicycles in any condition, and either fixes them up, or strips them for parts, then recycles the metal components – thus providing recycling in the following areas: 

  • Recycling of used bicycles to identified persons in need – satisfying a need for basic transportation and/or recreation to adults and kids.
  • Recycling of unusable metal scrap – satisfying a need for the continued recycling of metals – keeping it out of landfills.

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Oklahoma City ministry changes lives one bicycle at a time - NewsOK

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