By Ed Roos, Shop Manager
Eddie Schneider rolled into the shop on a Sharing Wheels bike that he fixed up for himself. In his usual bright demeanor, he happily greeted the staff and volunteers, “SUP!”
He explains how the bike wasn’t working quite right and a couple volunteers offer to help him fix his loose handlebars. But Eddie has other plans. “I got this” he exclaims and takes the project on himself.
Eddie started work as an intern with Sharing Wheels in mid-October. He is employed through our partnership with WorkSource, a state agency that works with nonprofits to provide jobs and training services. Eddie is part of a program for at-risk young people who need work experience. After some struggles with homelessness, he now lives in housing provided by Cocoon House.
Ed Roos, Sharing Wheel’s Shop Manager says, “Eddie is a great addition to our team. He always comes to work early, with a great attitude. He works independently, always finding something to do and is learning some great life and work skills. When he first arrived, he knew very little about bikes, but he has incredible tenacity to learn and do the work himself. And always with a smile, laughter and witty comment. This guy’s going places and I look forward to being a mentor and guide for him on his journey.”
Eddie has learned how to take a bike apart and rebuild it, as well as basic bike maintenance and working with customers. Eddie described his time at Sharing Wheels as “it keeps me away from drama and keep focus on the things I need to think about and accomplish in my life. Plus, it’s a lot of fun! I get great advice from mentors who also serve as role models in my life. These guys don’t steer me in the wrong direction. Prior to working at Sharing Wheels, things were chaotic and crazy, but since working here, things have gotten better for me.”
At only 18 years old, Eddie is just starting out his post high school life and getting the job skills he needs to be successful. Eddie can be seen all over Everett, riding the bike that he got through the Sharing Wheels Community Bike program.
Come by the shop to meet Eddie and our friendly volunteers/mentors. According to Eddie, you will not regret it.