Bicycle rider raising funds for homeless shelter
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Ron Snell, Executive Director of The Connection Homeless Shelter in North Platte, will be in Imperial Monday, during his 3,100-mile bicycle ride to each county in Nebraska.
He will be at Smokin’ Leroy’s 12th Street Cafe around 9 a.m. Monday to meet the public. The restaurant will be mentioned in his articles, blogs and his story for Nebraska Life magazine after the ride.
Snell’s goal is to highlight unique Nebraska restaurants while completing a fundraising effort to build a new homeless shelter in North Platte.
In 2005 Snell and his wife walked 1,000 miles around Nebraska on behalf of The Connection Homeless Shelter, where he’s been director for about nine years.
In 2007 he made his own “flatboat” and poled/paddled/dragged it 548 miles from Wyoming to Iowa on the North Platte and Platte Rivers in 14 days.
Snell plans to bike about 100 miles per day for six days a week to make it through all 93 Nebraska counties.
The Connection has been serving 200-300 homeless people per year from around greater Nebraska for the past 15 years.
Currently located in an old, converted restaurant, the shelter’s new facility will provide low maintenance living space and case management for families with children, as well as singles, who use the opportunity to build a better foundation for their future.
The shell of the new building is finished. Snell hopes to raise $200,000 more to complete the project.