Access to transportation is the single biggest factor helping people avoid homelessness, hold a job, and keep service appointments.  Your support is helping so many in need.

Together, we pay it forward.

MEET PHILIP

Philip came in for an adjustment on his Trek bike. The very next weekend, his bike was stolen and he returned to us for help. He shared the heart-sinking feeling of coming outside to find his bike lock cut and his beautiful Trek mountain bike gone.

Philip describes himself as homeless and on a fixed income. He said it is extremely difficult for him to walk everywhere he needs to go. We were happy to grant him a refurbished bike, a bike helmet, and a bike lock the same day.

granted bike

MEET BARBARA

Barbara came to us months ago looking for a sturdy bike to get her to and from work. By the time we had the perfect bike ready for her, her phone number has been disconnected. Months later she contacted us again when she had earned enough money for a reliable phone. We were able to find another bike for her that was even better than the one we had on hold for her before. She also received a new lock through our current program sponsoring new locks for people receiving granted bikes. She said she is grateful for the donations and volunteers who made this possible.

Granted Bike

MEET JULIE

Julie was walking her dog past our free Saturday Clinic at Renascent place when she stopped to compliment a pink cruiser we were currently fixing up. She walked up to the service stand and asked how much it was. She told us she recently had to sell her car as the transmission went out and was too costly to repair. She could hardly believe it when we said “if you like it, you can have it.” She replied, “but for how much?” Free! We just asked her to do something nice for someone else that day, which she promised to do. She said we made her entire year!

Good Karma Bike Client

MEET CARLOS

Carlos was hit by a car while riding his bike and had a tough time getting back on his feet. He depends on his bike for transportation. It also enabled him to find a job with Door Dash.

Unfortunately, the bike Carlos brought in was well beyond the state of repair following the accident. We were happy to grant him a refurbished bike to get back on the road.

Family Unity Program

THE FAMILY UNITY PROGRAM AT GOOD KARMA BIKES

In April, we launched our new Family Unity Program at Good Karma Bikes. This program supports families with a parent facing challenges. We grant a bike not only to the individual in need, but to the entire family -strengthening the parent/child bond, while providing a healthy outlet for quality time together outdoors. Biking also supports mental health, reducing stress and anxiety which can have life-long effects for children facing family adversity.

A big thank you to San Jose Council-member Magdalena Carrasco for bringing this lovely family to us! They were the first beneficiary of this program which has been generously funded through a grant recommended by Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg. We hope this will help many more families in our community enjoy time with each other.

Bike granted

KAFPA

We were contacted by The Kinship, Adoptive, and Foster Parent Association (KAFPA) of Santa Clara County. They were having a holiday giveaway and had far more demand than they had bikes. They needed help, fearful of the worst – having to turn children away. We made a call out to our community for bike donations through KTVU.  We were flooded with used bike donations from all over the Bay Area. The story even reached Turlock – a private firm shipped us 50 brand new bikes! We were able to provide over 150 bikes to children in need-  a very special holiday to remember.

grantee

MEET MR. D

Mr. D. is a Vietnam Veteran who came into Good Karma Bikes and said he was proud to be eleven months clean. Recently, he rear wheel was stolen off his bicycle. We replaced the wheel and the tire, free of charge. We also adjusted his brakes and lubed his gear shifters.

He told us he uses his bike to commute to doctor’s appointments. The added exercise also helps him keep his diabetes in check. As he rode away, he said, “As a veteran, it makes a big difference knowing there are people who care.”

Bike Recipient

MEET RAY

In the aftermath of the George Floyd protests, northwest bike manufacturer Kona Bicycles offered Good Karma a dozen new bikes to be distributed to groups supporting the African-American community. Days later, Ray walked into Good Karma looking for a bike. He had suffered a double pulmonary edema and had been out of work for months. His doctor told him that riding a bike would be great exercise to support his recovery. He was our first recipient of granted Kona Bike.

MEET VINCENT

Not long after Ray came in, Vincent came in to see us. Vincent is a veteran whose bike — which he used to go to his chemo treatments, had just been stolen. Those who knew him around downtown San Jose encouraged him to go to come into Good Karma for a replacement, and while Vincent isn’t African-American, our Kona’s sales rep felt

the donation fit into the spirit of the effort. Vincent was overjoyed, he had no idea

he would be receiving a new bike that day.

Rebekah with Bike

REBECCA’S STORY

The common expression, “It’s so easy, just like riding a bike!” I’ve never gotten it. I feel like people take the simplicity of riding a bike for granted. For someone like myself, it’s not so easy.

I’m Rebekah. I’m an actor, writer, artist, and musician – I also have cerebral palsy. I never learned to ride a bike due to balance issues. I’ve been on a constant growth journey- trying to love myself and where I am at. In this act of self-acceptance, I found Good Karma bikes. I don’t have a car and walking is hard for me. I carry a cane and there is never a guarantee for a seat on the bus. At Good Karma Bikes, I found an adult trike that spoke to my heart. A brown seat and shiny blue paint. I put the bike on layaway and planned to pick it up once it was paid it off. About a week later, I received a call from Jenny at Good Karma Bikes.

She said, “In the spirit of the holiday season, we would like to give you the bike, Rebekah.” I was so blown away, I was moved to tears. Sometimes you don’t know the impact of acts of kindness, generosity, and compassion. I have to say, you hear about them, but you never expect them to happen to you. I’ve always been a person that believes in sowing good seeds. And sow good seeds while knowing, you never know which one will bloom. I believe in karma and the principle of paying it forward. This gift will help with less stress getting to work while helping me help myself in all others areas of my life. I am so thankful that such a wonderful place exists in San Jose, and I am grateful to Good Karma for blessing me with this wonderful gift that means more than I am able to convey. Here’s to Good Karma and remembering to pay it forward.

MEET THOMAS

Research shows endurance exercise greatly improves physical and mental health. Meet Thomas who has been unemployed, unable to afford a card, and has been caring for his elderly moth one the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He came to us in need of a bicycle for transportation and exercise, hoping it will improve his health. He had to wait a bit until we received a bike donation that fit his six-foot frame, but one arrived from a generous doner that we fixed up nicely. Thomas said he loves Good Karma Bikes and thanks the generous donors for his new bike.

Granted Bike

MEET EDWIN

Edwin came to us needing a bike to get to his doctor appointments, food donation locations, and other appointments. We were happy to grant him a bike, helmet, and lock the same day.

Granted Bike

MEET MARIA

Maria came in with her foster mom looking for a bike to get her to work and the gym. She loved this new bike and we also granted her a lock and helmet!
Granted Bike

MEET JOHN

John was referred to us by his social worker. He loved his new bike that we granted him and told us that it would help him find employment and get to and from work and help him see his family.

MEET SHARON

Sharon came to us with a letter from the family she takes care of through In Home Support Services. Her car is having issues and she can’t get to work to care for this family who depends on her for so much.  We granted Sharon one our recent HOPR acquisitions, retired from a ride-share program.

MEET JARED

Jared heard about us through his involvement with the Bill Wilson Center and they told him that we would be able to help him out – which we were happy to do! Jared walks to his job and sometimes Ubers which is time consuming and costly. We hope this will make things easier Jared, thanks for coming in.

MEET ADRIAN

Shortly after Jared came in, the Bill Wilson center sent us somone else in need of transportation. This is Adrian. He needs a bike so that he doesn’t have to walk back and forth to school or use an Uber. His mother sometimes takes time off from school to drive him, so this will allow her to pick up more shifts at work. We are so happy we were able to help him.

MEET SCOTT

Scott heard about us from one of his friends that we were recently able to help. Scott needs a bike to get to work and run errands. He does not own a car and cannot afford to buy himself a bicycle. We were happy to help him out with a new bike and lock.  Sponsored by Bridges of Hope.