Michael Byl will combine his passion for two non-profit organizations – Amos House of Greater Danbury and the Ridgefield Playhouse - with his passion for running when he does his solo House Calls marathon run on Saturday, Dec. 17. This Ridgefield resident began House Calls in 2010 and raised $9,000 for Amos House and the Playhouse. His goal this year: $20,000. Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation to either or both organizations to help him make his goal is invited to e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the past 16 years Mr. Byl has been involved with Amos House, primarily as a member of its board. Begun in 1986 by five area churches, it is a transitional living facility serving the homeless in the Danbury area. He has been on the board of the Ridgefield Playhouse performing arts center for seven years. “Both organizations have a broad reach,” he said. “And they cross over somewhat. Many non-profits in the area, including Amos House, receive donations of tickets for events at the Playhouse.”
His run is aptly named, as it takes him to both “houses.” He will begin at 8 a.m. at the Playhouse, continue on Main Street to route 35, and eventually cross route 7 onto Topstone Road. Byl will enter Danbury by way of Mountain Road, pass the War Memorial and go by Amos House at Rocky Glen Road. From there he will take a three-mile loop up Danbury’s Main Street to Rose Street, where he will stop at the Jericho Partnership, a ministry partner of Amos House. He heads back to the Playhouse by the same course.