Katie and James Washnok, left, from BlackOut Industries, along with Andrew Rieman, center, from Black Hills Harley Davidson, lead the BUILD ABBOTT Kick off class.
Abbott House children have rebuilt five damaged motorcycles from 2011 to 2017 while rebuilding their own lives. Since then Abbott House had turned its focus towards building and rebuilding homes to provide for youth and young adults who have no safe place to live and no family to support them.
Due to the success of the past motorcycle projects and the completion of three new therapeutic foster homes, Abbott House has decided to restart the motorcycle rebuild program with the youth living in the newly established therapeutic foster homes.
This reestablished project called “Build Abbott” brings together new facilitators, Katie and James Washnok, owners of Blackout Industries, Black Hills Harley Davidson, and a new group of youth. This team of facilitators and Abbott House foster home youth meet frequently in the “shop” at Black Hills Harley Davidson to create a beautiful motorcycle with a uniqueness all its own while providing education, empowerment and encouragement.
Build Abbott is a three month classroom project giving Rapid City’s Bridges by Abbott House foster children the practical, hands-on experience of repairing and customizing a motorcycle. This group will be redesigning a 2013 Harley Davidson Road King with 13,000 miles on it. They will assess the damage, take it apart and create a new paint design and a name for the motorcycle. All of the enhancements — paint color, individual design, new handle bars, saddle bags, exhaust and other features, and hands-on work helps our youth understand they have the power and the skills to improve the motorcycle all while improving their own lives.
This one-of-a-kind motorcycle rebuilt by foster children, will be raffled off. Tickets are $100 each. Only 750 tickets will be sold, so be sure to get your ticket NOW! Drawing will be held in the Fall 2020. Need not be present to win.
All proceeds go directly to provide therapy and education for Abbott House children.