Saturday, July 20, 2024

Biking for Domestic Violence


The Center for Family Justice

Alan Masarek, an avid bicyclist and Co-Chair of the Empower House fundraising drive, is cycling 3,800 miles as a pledge challenge benefitting the newly acquired double-sized The Center for Family Justice (CFJ) Safehouse, currently under renovation.

The Bridgeport-based nonprofit, The Center for Family Justice, 735 Fairfield Avenue, celebrates its 126th Anniversary this year. During Covid in 2020, domestic violence grew by 40% in the region, causing a critical shortage of housing for victims seeking refuge. With plans to open in 2022, the new Safehouse will provide temporary housing and support services to domestic violence and human trafficking victims primarily from Bridgeport, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull and Easton.

Debra Greenwood, President and CEO at The Center for Family Justice said, “Talk about going the extra mile! Alan is going the extra 3,800 miles! He’s pedaling to protect victims of domestic violence and we are blessed to have him as co-chair of our Empower House fundraising team”.

Masarek, who is riding alongside 20 bicyclists in the Trek Bicycle “Bucket List” trip, which commenced on August 18th in Portland, Oregon, decided to structure his ride as a fundraising campaign for the Empower House Safehouse. He hopes to generate enough corporate sponsorships and donations on his Empower Ride to close a 40% fundraising gap in the $3.5 million dollar project. His trip ends on October 3rd in Portland, Maine.

Masarek will be cycling for 47-Days, and travel 3,800 miles.  His itinerary and progress will be tracked on the EmpowerRide page at

Donors can sponsor him with a $100.00 per mile pledge or make donations in any amount. Masarek’s daily cycling adventures will be posted on CFJ’s social media sites.

If you, or someone you know need emergency housing and support services for domestic violence abuse, call the Center for Family Justice’s hotline at 203-384-9559 for immediate help.


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