Switchpoint director’s cross-county bike ride for homelessness ends with visit to Hatch

Carol Hollowell and her husband Bob Hollowell meet with Sen. Orrin Hatch at the conclusion of their bike ride to raise awareness for homelessness, Sept. 30, 2015, Washington, D.C. | Photo courtesy of the offices of Sen. Orrin Hatch, St. George News

WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch welcomed Carol Hollowell, executive director of Switchpoint Community Resource Center in St. George, and her husband Bob Hollowell to the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon as they completed a cross-country bike ride to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty.

“Carol is an incredible example of service, and the work she does makes St. George and all of Utah a better place,” Hatch said. “Her impressive management skills have made Switchpoint into a unique, innovative resource center with powerful reach and vast potential to do good in the community. I commend her on her ride, and even more on her years of service to Utahns in need.”

Carol Hollowell and her husband Bob Hollowell rode a tandem bike from San Franscisco to Washington D.C., traveling approximately 100 miles a day over 41 days beginning Aug. 20, staying at homeless shelters at night.

Read more: Switchpoint director rides coast-to-coast, breaking cycle of poverty

On the Hollowells’ Breaking the Cycles website, revealing some of the inspiration for Carol Hollowell’s mission to break the cycle of homelessness, a story she related tells how some time ago she kept passing a man in a wheelchair sitting on the side of the road. One rainy day, she pulled over and learned he had been homeless for more than five years because he couldn’t get a state ID card. Hollowell spent the remainder of that day helping him get identification and records and housing at a local facility.

“That one experience changed me,” Hollowell said, as related on the Web page about her. “If we look outside of our own selves and reach outside of our comfort area and say, ‘What can I do today to make someone else see change?’ then we’ve done our job.”


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