- Aug. 3, 2021
-- It's been 33 years since Dan Miller first donned a cycling helmet and turned a pastime into a passion. Having tackled his longest trek during the Six Gap Century Bike Ride out of Dahlonega – which features 104 miles up and down six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia Mountains, Miller is on the road (literally) for one of the biggest challenges of his life. On August 1, this Duluth, Ga. resident set out from Washington State for a cross-country ride that ends in Maine. Expected to take roughly two months, the ride holds far more meaning than an opportunity to check a box off his bucket list. Miller hopes this ride will raise awareness and funds for a nonprofit near and dear to his heart – Rainbow Village. In celebration of the 30th
anniversary of the nonprofit dedicated to providing safe housing, education, and community support systems to families experiencing homelessness, Miller hopes to raise $30,000 to help Rainbow Village move the needle to ending homelessness in Metro Atlanta. Donations can be made at www.DanMillerRides.com.
Miller first became familiar with Rainbow Village as a member of the congregation at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church. His journey with the nonprofit began as yardwork at the – then – Rainbow House before evolving to financial contributions and volunteer work in the nonprofit's afterschool program when it was hosted at his church during construction of Rainbow Village's current campus in the heart of Duluth. He watched it grow in size and scope over the course of three decades – from serving one family at a time at its start to up to 30 families for a period of two years so they can confidently embark on the journey to self-sufficiency and thrive beyond the village upon graduation from the program.
"We are constantly surprised by the love that pours out of the community for Rainbow Village," said Melanie Conner, CEO for the nonprofit. "In the case of Dan Miller, that's a love affair that dates back to our organization's humble beginnings. We are so grateful for his big heart for serving others and as he pedals his way across the country, our thoughts, love and prayers will be with him every mile and every minute of the way."
To stay up to date on Dan Miller's ride and show support by making a donation to Rainbow Village, visit www.DanMillerRides.com
. Anyone who is inspired by Miller's example and wishes to have an impact on Rainbow Village and the families it serves are encouraged to visit www.RainbowVillage.org