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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Mom's First Car

Monday, January 9, 2017 4:50 PM

Amanda Serio has three children ages 12, 8 and 2. It is hard for her and her children to get places when relying on public transportation. Amanda has had to walk a mile to and back from the grocery store, sometimes walking in the cold or heat with many grocery bags.

Amanda uses her mom or grandma's car to get to work. Sometimes if they need the car, her friends help out and drive her. She has had to cancel doctor’s appointments for her children when she didn’t have a ride. Her children are also not able to go on play dates because they have no way of getting there.

Amanda will use her new car to take her children to play dates. She plans on taking her kids to ocean city for vacation. This will be Amanda’s first car, so she will be sure to keep it clean and detailed.

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New Opportunities for Dedicated Mother

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:54 PM

Amekqua Phillip has to rely on her mother for rides or on Ubers to take her to work. She works at three different locations, which can be erratic and difficult to keep up with. The cost for Ubers can be up to $17. Amekqua has a one-year-old daughter who has to be dropped off on the way to work and back. Since her daughter gets too cold or cranky on the bus, they have to wake up earlier for an Uber.

Amekqua’s new car will allow her to go to the grocery store with her mom. She will go and visit her great Aunt in Baltimore City. She plans on decorating the car and keeping her and her daughter warm.

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Car for the Mechanic

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 6:16 PM

Robert Butler was a Full Circle Service Center intern for two months. He came to Full Circle with auto body experience, and was able to expand his automotive knowledge. With the help of Full Circle, he landed a job at Bel Air Auto Body where he works with another previous intern on automotive body work.

Robert lives 30 miles from his job at Bel Air Auto Body, and it is difficult getting there everyday without a car. Since Robert does not have transportation, his boss takes him to work and back. He has to leave whenever his boss does, which can mean leaving earlier or later than he wants to. A new car will give him the opportunity to work a second job to get more income.

Robert has to take Ubers four days out of the week to get groceries and run other errands. This can cost him at least $25 one way. Robert’s new car will make this much easier, and he will also be able to run errands for...

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Ready for Spare Time

Thursday, December 22, 2016 6:45 PM

Rashidah Hardie lives only five miles from her job, but it takes her two hours and three buses to get there. She is a single mother to a two-year-old son, who she has to take to daycare everyday. It is difficult riding the bus to work and daycare, and is extremely time consuming. She has to wake up at 5a.m. and walk 10 minutes to the bus stop, then walk 20 minutes to daycare after the bus. Waiting outside in the cold is also hard for her and her son.

Rashidah has difficulties taking her son places without a vehicle. She has to call a cab if she gets stuck at work since the buses stop running at six-o-clock. She has difficulty paying bills and groceries because it all adds up, especially transportation costs.

Rashidah plans to use her new car to take her son to Chuck-E-Cheese. She also wants to be able to help other people who may be in the same predicament she was in.

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More Time for Fun

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:15 PM

Brandi Jones lives a mile and a half from her work. Her friends or family members have to drive her everyday, or she takes a cab and pays $6 each way. Brandi is not able to take her one-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son out to do activities without transportation. Brandi says that she wants a more exciting life for her one-year-old, who is not able to go to play dates or to friend’s houses.

While Brandi is at work, her son’s father watches him and her grandmother watches her daughter. It costs Brandi $20 to get her son to his father’s house if she does not have a ride from a friend. She also has to pay to get to the grocery store and when she wants to run errands.

Brandi just wants to be able to have a day to take her kids out and not worry about having to bring the car back to her friends. She wants to take her daughter to the beach or other special places. Brandi plans on naming...

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Giving Back to Detroit

Monday, December 19, 2016 8:23 PM

Betsy Beltran, her husband and two teenage daughters live in Detroit and struggle to perform everyday tasks without a vehicle. Betsy works as a Parent Organizer for 14 Detroit Public Schools where she trains parent leaders to help the Southwest Detroit community. This job requires her to travel every day for meetings and training sessions. A family member outside of her home drops her off to work, but she needs her own car to perform her role and keep her job 

 Vehicle ownership will allow Betsy to continue her important role in the community and in the Detroit Public School system. “Every day my job allows me to change a parent’s life, which in turn improves my life,” says Betsy on the impact of having her own vehicle.

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Better Life for Small Family

Monday, December 12, 2016 5:54 PM

Tonya Squires lives less than 10 miles from her job, but waiting for a cab takes up to 45 minutes and is $9 each way. Tonya has a 17-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son who are not involved in activities because they have no way of getting there. Her kids have not been able to see the doctor or the dentist since the summer.

When Tonya needs groceries, she has to wait until her mom or sister is going. Tonya plans on using her new car to finally do errands herself. She also plans on visiting her sister, who is a traveling nurse. She is going to name her car and is thinking about purchasing seat covers, to keep the car nice and clean.



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