Future Construction Manager

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:17 PM

Tewodros has a busy schedule that is made even more difficult without reliable transportation. He works a job most days but also has an internship as an electrician, and on top of that, he takes college classes. Tewodros is working on getting a degree in construction management. He has to walk two miles to get to the bus stop and then spends an hour and a half on the bus just to get to work. When he has his apprenticeship he has to take three buses and the light rail while carrying his heavy electrical equipment.

With his car award from Vehicles for Change Tewodros will be able to spend a lot less time in transit and more time with his son. He will be able to go to the doctors and the grocery store when he needs to, and not have to wait for his friends to be available. Tewodros is excited to drive to work and to school and eagerly looks forward to keeping the car in tip-top shape.

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A Long Road to a Better Life

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:01 PM

Abuk is the mother of five with a sixth child due any day now. It takes her 40 minutes to walk her children to school and to get to work. Abuk is used to living a hard life, as she along with her husband, immigrated as refugees to the United States in 2004 from South Sudan, a war-torn country.

She has worked hard to support her children and provide a better life for them here in the United States. With a child on the way, her new car will be a huge help. Abuk will no longer have to walk in the cold weather. She will finally be able to make all of her prenatal doctor's appointments and save money instead of using cabs to get to them. Best of all, she will be able to go shopping with her family for baby clothes.

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More Family Time

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 7:53 PM

Charlene Dozier has to have two jobs to support herself and her three children. When she isn't working she is busy figuring out transportation for herself and her children.This requires figuring out public transportation or asking friends for rides. The problem with public transportation is that the bus fare for four adds up quickly, and the bus schedule usually means a lot of waiting for the family.

 Vehicle ownership will allow Charlene to easily take her children to school and drive herself to and from work. A new car means Charlene can continue working two jobs, plus pick up more hours. She will be able to continue to care for her children, but also provide more for them than she could before.

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Making the Doctors Appointments

Monday, February 6, 2017 5:50 PM

Michelle Morris only lives seven minutes away from her job, so why does her daily commute take 30 minutes? Because the mother of five has to rely on public transportation. Without a vehicle, Michelle struggles to get her children to school on time. Her 12-year-old can’t participate in volleyball after school because she has no way of picking him up afterward.

It is difficult for Michelle to get her children to doctor’s appointments, which are crucial because her daughter suffers from an unknown diagnosis requiring 3-4 doctors visits a month. Michelle struggles to take her daughter to her appointments and make it back home at a reasonable time to take care of the rest of her children. The kids miss out on fun trips and outings because the bus fare for 6 is so expensive.

Michelle and her children are beyond excited for their car award. They look forward to spending more quality time with...

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Breathing Easy

Monday, January 30, 2017 6:06 PM

Lindsay Lewis lives 20 minutes from her job. She takes public transportation, but it requires taking multiple buses at unpredictable times. She has been late to work many times because of the inconsistent bus schedules. If Lindsay cannot take the bus, Lindsay has to rely on other people for rides and wait for them to finish up their plans. 

 Because Lindsay’s mother is retired, she is able to look after her son and provide daycare. Difficulties arise when her son needs to go to doctor’s appointments. He has breathing issues and has to see a specialist in Towson. Getting him there is tough, especially because they have to rely on public transportation. 

 Lindsay hopes to use her new car to drive to Pittsburg and visit family. Her mom’s car could not fit everyone, and they can now take two cars when her family wants to go places. She plans on decorating her car with a new personalized...

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Car Brings Opportunity to Whole Family

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 5:51 PM

Delania Straws is a hardworking mother of four, and works at Henry Ford Hospital. Her and her children rely on public transportation, and family and friends to get wherever they need to go. It is difficult for her children to attend afterschool activities, and they end up missing many events.

Vehicle ownership allows Delania to safely transport herself to and from work. Her car will allow her children to be more involved and successful in school. The entire family is excited for all of the opportunities their new car will provide.

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Moving in the Right Direction

Monday, January 23, 2017 3:46 PM

Julia Brown relies on her family to drive her to work 40 minutes away. Since she works at night, she has to get a ride to her mother’s house before work to drop her daughter off. It takes a lot of effort for Julia to coordinate her schedule based on her friend's availability. Her daughter has missed cheerleading and band practice because of their lack of transportation.

Julia’s new car will change her life tremendously. She will continue to work at night in order to take care of her daughter during the day, but will take on more hours to earn more money. Julia will finally be able to take her daughter to cheerleading competitions and band practice. She will be able to save up money that she would have been spending on public transportation. She plans to decorate her car with a radio and GPS system.

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On The Path to Freedom

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:41 PM

Hope Thomas-Devs has a one-hour commute to work everyday. She leaves her home at 5:15a.m. and takes two buses and the subway to get to work at 7a.m. The commute is difficult for Hope, especially when the buses are late or there are subway delays.

To get to the grocery store, Hope has to walk there and then pay for cab rides back home with her groceries. She has trouble leaving her house because she does not want to deal with the MTA. Hope has a 7-year-old grandchild who she watches a fair amount. She cannot do activities with her because she does not want to wait for the bus on her days off.

Hope’s new car will allow her to pick her grandchild up from school and enjoy social activities with her. Hope will no longer have to stand at the bus stop in the cold. She looks forward to freedom and independence, and plans on letting her mother name the car.

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No More Costly Cabs

Monday, January 16, 2017 4:47 PM

Kelli Jackson lives in Howard County, but works half an hour away at BWI airport as an emergency dispatcher. Everyday she takes an Uber to and from work, which usually costs around $40 one way. She has two daughters, ages 5 and 8, who are looked after by her grandparents while she is at work. In addition to Ubering to work, Kelli also has to Uber to her grandparent’s house everyday to pick up her kids.

Because of Kelli’s schedule, she has to take her kids out of school two hours early everyday except Tuesdays, Fridays and every other weekend. Her oldest daughter is greatly impacted, and has to miss her favorite subject, math. She is able to take the work home with her, but it can be a struggle. 

Not having reliable transportation has impacted how Kelli runs her errands. When they get groceries, they walk to the market but have to Uber home with the bags. Sometimes if the day is busy,...

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Time to Help Others

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 5:15 PM

Christina Lester is the mother of three kids, ages 2,4 and 6. She pays for a cab to get her 2-year-old and 4-year-old to daycare everyday. It takes her 20 minutes in a cab everyday to get to work, which adds up to $18 per day. Christina is not able to take her kids to Chuck E Cheese or the park without a car, and they can’t play sports because of the cab costs.

Christina just graduated culinary school for catering, and wants to get a better job with her culinary background. She plans to use her new car to pursue her dream, and embrace her passion of cooking by getting her business license. She will take her kids out to the park and to do other activities. Christina will also serve the homeless at her church on Sundays.

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