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Putting Her Children First

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 5:41 PM

Tia Heath takes three buses every morning to get to her job at Amazon in Dundalk. Because it is such a long commute, she has to wake up at 3a.m. just to get to work by 7a.m. It is especially hard for Tia waiting for the bus when the weather is bad.

Tia is a mother to five children. Her eight-year-old son has ADHD and mood disorder, so he has to see a therapist multiple times a month. It is difficult taking him to his appointments since she does not have reliable transportation. Her other son has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, so it is difficult taking him on the bus.

Tia will use her car to have new experiences with her children. She plans to take them to Chuck E Cheese and the movies. She is also going to put her son with ADHD into a sport to better manage his condition. Tia is going to let her children decorate the car.

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Time for New Experiences

Monday, November 28, 2016 5:30 PM

Asia Pollock has to walk a mile to get to the bus everyday. If she misses the bus, she has to walk even further to catch another one. One time she had to walk from Johns Hopkins to Canton because she missed the bus, having to follow the bus route just in case a bus pulled up.

Asia is a mother to five children with ages ranging from 10-months-old to 13-years-old. It is difficult to get her older children places like the library without a car. She does not want to spend $4 a day on the bus if she does not have to, so they just stay home.

Asia’s new car will allow her to drive to Delaware to visit her kid’s godmother for Christmas. This will be their first time going to Delaware, and she looks forward to finding out where she can and cannot park her very own car. She plans on representing Baltimore by decorating her car with Ravens decorations. 

 

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Better Shifts, Equals Brighter Future

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 3:36 PM

Ebony Hagen is a 31-year-old mother of a 12-year-old daughter. Ebony works as a part time home healthcare aide, a job that requires her to transport her patients for medical appointments and errands. Without a car, Ebony had difficulty performing her job and her income suffered. Her employer told Ebony that she would receive more hours if she could secure reliable transportation.

In February 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Ebony a 1997 Mercury Sable.

Vehicle ownership allows Ebony to work more hours, perform all of the requirements of her job, and earn more income. “Having a car allows me to pick up more shifts at work to increase my income,” she says. Ebony is also able to take her daughter to a better school that to improve her education.

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A Bright and Promising Future

Monday, November 21, 2016 4:57 PM

Maurice Gaines’ normal commute to work takes more than an hour. He has to take the subway followed by the bus every morning and afternoon. This commute would only be 15 minutes with a car. He is currently enrolled in a carpentry trade school that strictly enforces their no late policy. During the days where buses are crowded, they do not let any more people ride the bus. When this happens, Maurice has to pay to get a ride to get to class so that he makes it on time.

With his new car, Maurice will be able to spend more time with his 12-year-old son. His lack of transportation affects how often he sees him now. Since Maurice’s son does not live with him, it is hard to get over to him often.

It is Maurice’s first time owning a car, and he will have a promising future because of it. He wants to take his son to Dave and Busters, the Science Center and the Inner Harbor. Maurice also wants to...

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Promising Future

Monday, November 21, 2016 4:57 PM

Maurice Gaines’ normal commute to work takes more than an hour. He has to take the subway followed by the bus every morning and afternoon. This commute would only be 15 minutes with a car. He is currently enrolled in a carpentry trade school that strictly enforces their no late policy. During the days where buses are crowded, they do not let any more people ride the bus. When this happens, Maurice has to pay to get a ride to get to class so that he makes it on time.

With his new car, Maurice will be able to spend more time with his 12-year-old son. His lack of transportation affects how often he sees him now. Since Maurice’s son does not live with him, it is hard to get over to him often.

It is Maurice’s first time owning a car, and he will have a promising future because of it. He wants to take his son to Dave and Busters, the Science Center and the Inner Harbor. Maurice also wants to...

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More Family Time for Dad

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 4:05 PM

Anthony Dillard is a 25-year-old father of four young children, ages 6, 5, 4, and 9 months. To provide steady income for his family, Anthony endured a long daily commute for work, taking him from Detroit to Shelby and back. His morning commute before owning a vehicle, involved catching three bus rides starting at 4:30am to make it to work on time. Anthony also relied on bus transportation for shopping and errands, a challenge with four young children in tow.

In October 2015, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, awarded Anthony a 2002 Saturn SL2. Owning a vehicle simplifies Anthony’s daily commute allowing him to spend more time with his young family. He also no longer has to worry about which grocery items he can carry with him on the bus.

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Hard Work and Perseverance

Monday, November 14, 2016 6:01 PM

Tyasia Reynolds lives less than 10 miles from her job. What should be a short commute takes Tyasia 1 hour and 40 minutes on public transportation. She has a 3-year-old son who has to go to daycare in the morning. Her mother helps Tyasia out by dropping him off and picking him up. 

Tyasia says that she cannot get anywhere without a car. One time, when her son was sick, it took her 2 hours just to pick him up. Tyasia has to wait until her mother is able to drive her places, or borrow her car when she is not using it. 

Her son loves Chuck-E-Cheese, and Tyasia will finally be able to take him there more often. She will take her son to kickboxing in May when he turns four. Tyasia says she is thankful for her new car so she can get from point A to point B, and is also thankful she and her family can do more activities together. She is going to name her car and wants to decorate the inside...

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Patience and Determination

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:59 PM

Nicole Woodward’s normal commute without a car took 45 minutes. She had to get on the bus at the west side of Detroit to get to the east side for work everyday. Nicole also used public transit to get her two young children, ages 7 and 6, to school as well as day care. She works at a foster care facility and has had difficulty saving up the money for a car.

In February 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Nicole a 2005 Buick Century.

Vehicle ownership allows Nicole to easily take her children to school and drive herself to and from work every day. Nicole was awarded her car at a local Belle Tire where the vehicle was made road ready. A Belle Tire customer in the Flint area donated the 2005 Buick Century to Vehicles for Change after learning about the program. “Having a car changes my life in an amazing way. I am blessed and want to...

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More Time for Family

Monday, November 7, 2016 6:39 PM

Nia lives almost 50 miles away from her job as a personal care assistant. It takes more than an hour to get to work when she gets rides from friends, and even longer when she takes the bus.

Nia has a 4-year-old who she wants to spend more time with. A lot of her time is spent in training to becoming a certified nursing assistant, which influences the amount of free time she gets. Nia also spends a large amount of money on transportation to take her son to and from places.

Nia looks forward to not waking early in the morning to get to work. She can pick up more hours at work and spend more quality time with her son. She plans on taking him to an apple and pumpkin farm to take advantage of the fall season.

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Momentum for Entrepreneur

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 2:38 PM

Gloria Wade Stevens is a self-starter entrepreneur. She puts her heart and soul into her business, but without a vehicle she was very limited. Gloria was unable to deliver her product and advertise her business, which reduced her income.

In September 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Gloria a 2001 Honda Accord.

Gloria now has the means to build her business and become successful. She is grateful for the opportunity to gain financial freedom and independence. Gloria is also excited that she can now visit her granddaughter.

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