An Hour for 5 Miles

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:57 PM

Mishell serves her community as a social service worker, volunteers at her church, and is a mother to a 3-week-old newborn and a 2-year-old.  But her transportation issues have been a huge burden on her life. To get to work, which is only 5 miles from her home, she must take the bus. The ride takes an hour and often the bus is late, which is a huge issue for Mishell because this can sometimes make her late to work. She just started a new job and is worried that she might lose it due to the unpredictability of the buses. Mishell has no control over her job security without reliable transportation. Additionally, it is difficult to get to the grocery store without assistance from friends or family. She has had to resort to ordering takeout often, which can get expensive. Without a car, she has not been able to take her children to see their father who is currently in jail. Mishell would...

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Father of Three

Monday, July 17, 2017 8:28 PM

Ian and his wife recently welcomed a new baby girl; his third child. As a father of three, with a wife who is on maternity leave, he has many people relying on him. Ian is a construction worker, which requires him to work in many different locations, but he is losing work due to his lack of transportation. Without a car, he cannot get to certain sites and often misses out on these jobs. Ian wants to work longer hours and more jobs in order to support his family. His children are affected by this transportation issue as well. His 17-year-old son has not been able to participate in sports like many of his classmates. His 4-year-old will start school soon and would like to participate in afterschool activities as well. It is very difficult to get his newborn to the doctor’s office without a car.

 This car is extremely important to Ian and his family. It will improve their lives and their...

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Saving Money on a Sitter

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 7:16 PM

LaAsia is a hardworking mother of three young children, ages 2, 3 and 5. Without a car, it is very difficult for LaAsia to get to work and take her children to daycare and camp. In order to solve her transportation issue, she must hire a sitter who feeds her children in the morning, drops them off at daycare and camp and brings them home in the afternoon. This service costs her $200 a month in addition to her bus passes and cab rides. LaAsia works at the Center for Addiction Medicine and recently got a raise.  For her new position, she will not have to travel to patients homes to follow up for after car. This will require a car and without one, she might lose this job.

This car award is extremely important to LaAsia. She will be able to spend more time with her three, young children and take them to and from daycare and camp. Additionally, she will be able to improve her financial...

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Caring for her Autistic Children

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 3:28 PM

Angela is a busy mother to four children, ages 10, 6 and two 3-year-olds. Her twins were born premature and have autism. Not being a car owner puts a huge burden on her already hectic life. To get to work, Angela either asks for a ride from her mother or takes an Uber. Transportation costs her around $100 weekly, an expense she can barely afford. Additionally, she has to rely heavily on her family to do every day errands. Uber and taxis do not provide car seats, so her grandmother must drive her to the grocery store, doctor’s appointments and anywhere she needs to go. Doctor’s appointments are extremely important for her two autistic toddlers. They have developmental and behavioral therapy three times a week, but they are often late or miss these appointments all together.

This car award will change this struggling family’s life. Angela will be able to be a better, more independent...

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Becoming Self-Sufficient

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:04 PM

Kimberley must rely on her friends to live her daily life. They drive her everywhere she needs to go. She has to find a friend to drive her to and from work every day. In addition, Kimberley is raising her two nieces, ages 8 and 12, all by herself. Her transportation issues affect them as well. They will often struggle to find rides to and from activities, the doctor’s office, and friends’ houses. Kimberley wishes she could take them to more activities, but is hesitant to ask for too much help. She feels like a burden on the people in her life.

This car award will not only improve Kimberley’s life, but her family, friends, and nieces’ lives. Kimberley will no longer have to rely on others to do simple daily activities like grocery shopping and going to the doctor. In addition to being able to drive herself to work, Kimberley plans to get a second job. Her family and friends will no...

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Carpooling with Coworkers

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 3:10 PM

Leslie never knows where his ride to work will come from. He either borrows his son’s car, takes the metro, or carpools with friends. Relying on other people is difficult for him and the metro can be expensive. Leslie has five children, ages 12, 13, 14, 21, and 22. His daughter is only able to participate in cheerleading after school, because a classmate’s parent gives her a ride home. Leslie’s children would like to be involved in more after school programs, but their transportation issues prevent them from doing so. His son’s car is not always available when Leslie’s other children need to go to the doctor.

This car award will greatly improve Leslie and his family’s life. He plans on showing up early to work and impressing his boss, which will lead to a raise. He is excited for his future and hopes to better his career and earning potential. Leslie wants this car award to improve as...

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Serving Her Community

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 7:53 PM

Shakia works as a phlebotomist for the Red Cross. An important part of her job is setting up and staffing mobile blood banks, which requires traveling to many different locations. Without a car, getting to and from work has become difficult. She hasn’t been with the Red Cross long, but she enjoys making a difference in her community. Shakia’s lack of transportation will affect her new job. As a mother of three, Shakia is in much need of reliable transportation to support her children and their future.

With this car award, Shakia will be able to travel and visit her relatives more often. She and her kids are most excited for an upcoming trip they are planning to the Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos! This car award will give Shakia and her family many more opportunities like this and she is extremely thankful, “I’m grateful that there are programs for people who have transportation...

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Future Role Model

Monday, May 22, 2017 7:14 PM

Daryl’s one and a half mile commute to his job at a machine shop should take a mere five minutes, but without a car, it takes Daryl thirty to fifty minutes.  Somedays he walks fifty minutes, and others he takes a thirty-minute subway ride. This journey can prevent him from spending time with his six-year-old daughter and helping her with her schoolwork. His daughter lives at her mother's house nearby, but the walk to-and-from can be exhausting, especially after a long day.

Having to depend on friends and family for transportation makes him feel like a burden. The grocery store is too far of a walk, so he relies on his father or his friends for a ride.  His doctor’s office is only down the street, but on foot, it takes Daryl thirty minutes.

Paying it forward is extremely important to Daryl.  He has friends in his neighborhood who are going down the wrong path, a situation he was once in...

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VFC Teams Up with Mervo

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 5:49 PM

Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School (Mervo) teamed up with Vehicles for Change for two car awards. The students worked on the cars that were donated to Vehicles for Change (VFC) through the Mervo automotive training program and then handed over the keys to the two highly deserving recipients. 

Christopher was one of the car recipients, who was just recently hired at HMC, Inc. Karen, CEO at HMC, spoke about her new hire and how valuable he has become to the organization but also recognized that Christopher has had a hard time making it work on time consistently because of his difficult commute from Baltimore to Columbia. It takes him an hour and a half coming and going and includes several bus rides. The students also handed over keys to car recipient Kyeonia, a Center for Urban Families (CFUF) Strive program alumnus, who is now employed in the medical field. Kyeonia's...

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Turning Life Around

Monday, April 17, 2017 6:23 PM

Sometimes Joseph goes a month and a half without seeing his kids, ages three years old and one year old, because he does not have reliable transportation. He pays a coworker $20 a week to get a ride to work and to get a ride home. The money adds up quickly and his separation from his children is hard on him.

Joseph just recently graduated from Helping Up Mission, an addiction treatment center in Baltimore Maryland, where he was in their one-year program. It has been difficult for him to get to doctor’s visits; he says he “can’t get anything done without relying on someone else.”

With the help of Vehicles for Change’s car recipient award program Joseph will be able to visit his young children at least once a week. He will be able to easily attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings and looks forward to taking his kids on fun outings.

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