About Us


Over 30 years ago, Ed Austin gathered a few friends and created the Steeple Chase Bike Tour – a cycling event to fundraise for the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM). The event has grown every year, becoming a shared fundraiser in support of WAIM, Perception Programs, and the Windham Region No Freeze Shelter. In recent years the event has added a walking tour, offroad trails, and other family-friendly activities.

Our Mission

The Steeple Chase Ride / Walk is a charity fund-raiser to support three local non-profit organizations: Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM), Perception Programs (PPI), and the Windham Region No Freeze Project. This event features cycling and walking routes through scenic Northeastern Connecticut's “Quiet Corner”.

How Funds Raised are Used

Our Non-Profits

Every dollar raised helps each agency carry out its critical mission of supporting and assisting those most in need in our community. All three agencies are based out and serve our neighbors right here in Eastern CT.

Windham Area Interfaith Ministry

In 2022, the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry used Steeple Chase funds for case management services to our low/no-income community members. This support helped 290 individuals from 143 families/households avoid eviction and remain safe in their homes; kept home heat and/or lights on for 362 people; made sure 473 children had clothing and/or supplies to start the new school year; and provided assistance to 113 individuals for transportation, medical or other unmet needs.

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Perception Programs

Since 1970, Perception Programs has provided a range of mental health and substance use services to thousands of individuals and families throughout Eastern Connecticut. The Steeple Chase fundraiser allows us provide responsive and high quality care including therapy, case management, harm reduction, and transitional housing services.

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Windham Region No Freeze Project

The Windham Region No Freeze Project uses the Steeplechase funding to provide emergency shelter and housing services for adults experiencing homelessness. Last year, we sheltered 123 people in need of a warm, safe place to stay. We provided housing support and advocacy to 51 guests who are now permanently and safely living in their own homes.

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Join us for a day of fun, food, and friends!

This year's event will be on
Saturday, August 19, 2023


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