Ashley makes it her business to help others. As a paratransit driver, Ashley aids clients with essential trips, like grocery shopping and doctors’ visits. Even at nine-months pregnant, Ashley worked from 4:00 AM to 2:00 PM helping clients into and out of the mobility van. Without her own vehicle, Ashley’s daily commute began even earlier with walking and waiting for a bus to transport her and her four-year-old son to daycare before heading to work.
Ashley explained that it is very difficult to complete basic errands and doctor’s visits while having to rely on buses and rides from others. With bills to pay and children to care for, using a ridesharing service like Lyft is a huge cost-burden for Ashley’s family costing upwards of $90 per week. With her new car, Ashley will be better able to keep up with necessary doctor’s visits and spend more quality time with her son and new baby girl....Continue Reading
Jewel is a mother of four children aged twenty, seventeen, ten and seven-years-old. She relies heavily on her mother to drive her, in order to get from place-to-place. Her mother is in need of hip replacement surgery but has decided to put it on the back burner until Jewel and her children are standing on their own two feet. With four kids to take care of, Jewel often times finds herself struggling to juggle everyday tasks, such as taking her youngest to school, traveling to the grocery store and laundry mat, or helping her eldest to get to work on time.
With this car award, Jewel cannot only drive herself to work but can also help her children get to school and work. Thus, giving her mother the time and space she needs to focus on her health. She explains, “This opened the doors for me to be a better mom to my kids.” Jewel also feels prideful that this is the first car that is in her ...Continue Reading
Meet Angela, she is a hardworking mother of four, one ten-year old, one six-year old, and twins aged three. Her twins have both been diagnosed with autism and need several behavioral, developmental, and doctor’s appointments. Every day, she has to wait for her grandparents to arrive to watch the younger kids before she can head to work. Angela has to either take rides from her mother or pay thirty dollars for an Uber to get to her job located twenty-five miles away. Per week, she estimates spending about one hundred dollars for an Uber. Without any form of reliable transportation, Angela has been unable to attend many of the necessary appointments for her young twins.
With her newly awarded car, Angela can take the twins to receive all of the professional care they need. She is planning a family trip to the National Zoo in...Continue Reading
Robert is an employee for Gettle Electric, but was previously an apprentice for the Project JumpStart Program. During his apprenticeship, he relied heavily on his co-workers to drive him to and from work, paying a total of $100 a week for their generosity and flexibility. His other option for transportation was by bus, which made a 10 minute car commute turn into 45 minutes, one way. Robert’s young nephew also wants to join the football team at his school, but without a car, the commute would prove to be inaccessible, leaving Robert feeling guilty.
With his new car award, Robert no longer has to rely on others nor spend large amounts money on transportation. This car will also help him spend more quality time with his niece and nephew. “I won’t have to just get off of work and go to point ‘B’. I’ll be able to put my nephew into the football league and I’ll be able ...Continue Reading
Erum is a mother of two children, aged eight and three-years-old. Due to her lack of reliable transportation, her children half to walk to school and daycare, even in inclement weather. As their mother, this causes her to worry about the health and safety of her children. Erum’s daily commute can easily extend over four hours a day via bus, but with a car, she says the trip their and back would be no more than forty-five minutes. Her eldest son wishes to play sports after school, however, without a car, the possibilities of that are slim to none.
With this car award, Erum can not only spend more time with her family, but she can also save time and money driving to work and back. She explains, “It (car award) will save me time and money that I always end up paying to the daycare provider if I am running late. Most importantly, my kid will get to daycare safely.” Erum is going to take...Continue Reading
Sterlin, a proud father of two children aged fourteen and twelve, has been without a car, leaving him to constantly struggle to find effective means of transportation. For him, the bus is the most reliable option, however, it can take anywhere between thirty minutes to an hour, one way. Sterlin spoke about the three-to-four times in which the bus has broken down, leaving him with no other choice but to walk the ten miles to work. He explains, “Buses, they come or they don’t…I have to be here at work, so I have to walk the ten miles.”
It is easy to see just how much this car award has impacted Sterlin’s life. He no longer has to ride the bus or worry about walking the ten miles to work when it doesn’t show. He also explains how he is eager to take his two children to Ocean City. He tells us how he no longer has to plan so extensively to get to places like the grocery store and the...Continue Reading
Pearly is a grandfather who is currently living in a transitional home after experiencing homelessness and substance addiction. Ever since his road to recovery, he has been on a mission to dedicate his life to giving back to the community. He is unable to apply to work and mentor at another regional transitional home for boys, due to a lack of means to travel there. His current job is located just a block from his transitional home, however, once he moves back with his family, his job will be five miles away. Meaning, he would have to pay every day to ride the bus in order to get to work and back.
With his awarded car, Pearly will be able to take up the job offer at Mountain Manor in addition to his current job and fulfill his dream of helping others get back on their feet. He is most excited about being reunited with his family to spend time with his wife and...Continue Reading
Donna is a small town single mother, who walks fifteen minutes to her job every day, sometimes leaving as early as four o’clock in the morning. Her sixteen-year-old Kenzie suffers from multiple physical and mental health issues, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, and severe bladder issues. She needs to visit her doctor and psychiatrist regularly for checkups and medication refills, but has missed several appointments due to a lack of transportation. Kenzie also needs tutoring in English, history, and science. However, due to the lack of transportation, she is unable to get the extra help.
This car award gives Donna the ability to properly care for her daughter’s health while providing the opportunity for her to receive the necessary tutoring for her schooling. She will no longer need to walk to work, and can safely drive to the grocery store located outside of her town. Donna will...Continue Reading
Miranda takes the bus to work, which turns a 30-minute commute into an hour and a half. Her night shift is over 10 hours, but, with travel, work takes up 13 hours of her day. The rest of her day is spent either sleeping or taking care of her 4-year-old son. She must drop him off and pick him up from daycare, between which is the only time she has for rest. Miranda has to leave for work at 4:30 PM, which leaves her little time to spend with her son. Her long hours and lack of transportation have been an obstacle for Miranda. She is sometimes late to work due to the unpredictability of public transport and had lost her previous job.
With this car award, Miranda will be able to reduce her long commute, get to work on time and keep her new job. This will allow her to spend more quality time with her young son. They are looking forward to finally going to the DC Zoo, a trip they have wanted ...Continue Reading
Gloria dedicates her life to providing live in services for the elderly or disabled. Currently, her commute is one to two hours by bus. With a car, this journey would only take thirty minutes. Gloria lives with each client six days a week and assists them by running errands, getting groceries, paying bills, etc. In order to get around, she must take costly cabs and her travel expenses add up quickly. Her current salary has her struggling for financial stability. Better paying jobs are available, but these are further away and not accessible by bus.
With this car award, Gloria will be able to take on new clients and increase her earnings. She loves traveling but hasn’t been outside of Maryland in years. She plans on taking a road trip up the Northeast to Vermont and sight-see along the way. But, most importantly, this car commemorates a new chapter in her life. It took her twelve ...Continue Reading