The Omaha Home for Boys is again participating in the nationally recognized Helping With Horsepower Bike Rebuild program.
Using a motorcycle as a tool to teach life lessons, the hands-on project helps at-risk youth learn how to overcome life's obstacles and realize that, like their lives, a motorcycle can be rebuilt better than before.
Participants started in late January by going over the mechanics and discussing themes and designs for the motorcycle — this year, a Harley-Davidson FXR model — and the initial dismantling of the bike. By May, a finished, customized motorcycle is unveiled.
Jeremy Colchin of Black Rose Machine Shop in Omaha facilitates the local program, with help from other Black Rose mechanics.
Raffle tickets will be sold for the rebuilt motorcycle, with the winner announced Sept. 25 at the Omaha Home for Boys' fundraiser, dubbed Restoring Hearts With Bike Parts.
An Omaha Home for Boys alum — decorated soldier Rudy Reyes, featured in HBO Films' “Generation Kill” movie and subsequent mini-series — will be the featured speaker at the September event.