Wright Direction

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:09 PM

Katina Wright lives only 5 miles away from her work, but without a car it takes her much longer to get there. She works as a caregiver and her employer has been nice enough to drive Katina to her client’s houses.

 She has been limited though, to only the clients that are close to her work. Katina has difficulty picking up her groceries without reliable transportation. Her friends and family members have been taking her 12-year-old daughter to school for her.

 Katina was excited to receive her vehicle. She plans on getting her certified nurses license and taking a trip to Ocean City. Her daughter will also be able to take dance classes.

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New Possibilities

Monday, October 17, 2016 5:08 PM

Wade Hawkins has the determination it takes to succeed. With his job 15 miles away, and his school 30 miles away, Wade’s daily commute is time consuming. Because there are no bus routes to work or to school, he has to rely on rides from friends or family members.

Wade is limited on the places he can meet with his two sons because he does not have a car. He also has trouble getting to doctor’s appointments and is unable to go to the library when he needs to study or do work for school.

When Wade had a car in the past, he and his sons would go to a video game go-kart place called Swadders about once a week. Wade plans on being able to do that again with his new car. He also plans on going back to school to gain better employment, and wants to study medical coding and billing. Wade is going to put pictures of his sons on the dashboard of his new car. 

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A Fresh Start

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:14 PM

Susan McLean lives 17 miles from her job. Without a car, Susan’s commute was impossible. She had to borrow a car from a family member to drive there. Because she couldn’t keep the car for long, the mother of three kids worried everyday about her job security.

Mazda Gallery of Norwood handed Susan keys to her 2007 Mazda 3 Sudan, and her life has changed for the better. She looks forward to taking her kids to after school activities, and imparting on them the importance of a good work ethic. She also plans to go hiking in the New Hampshire White Mountains and visiting museums with her kids. 

Thanks to Mazda Gallery of Norwood for partnering with us as part of Mazda's Drive to 100 initiative!

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Excited for Change

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:42 PM

Gary Jackson has to travel 13 minutes to his job everyday, which takes him up to an hour and 30 minutes on public transportation. With a car, his time will be cut in half.

Gary has two daughters and four granddaughters. Because of his lack of transportation, he is unable to give them a ride. Gary wishes he were more available in his grandchildren’s lives. He cannot run regular errands like go to Walmart or the Laundromat, and it is extremely difficult for him to carry groceries on the bus.

With his car, Gary will be able to go to the supermarket regularly, as well as go to work easily. He is excited to spend time with his grandkids and to take them to places such as the movies, aquarium, and science center.

Gary says he is blessed to have a vehicle and gives thanks to VFC!

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Bedazzling Future

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 3:53 PM

Denisha Moreland lives only 6 miles from her job. It takes 45 minutes for her to walk to work, and she has to wake up at 5:30 am to get there by 8:30 am.  Her commute will only take 2 minutes with her new car.

 Denisha is the mother of a 2-year old toddler and without a car, she was unable to get her daughter to daycare. Her mother was able to watch the toddler during the week, but this meant Denisha only got to see her daughter on weekends.

 With her car, Denisha will be able to buy all of the groceries that needs, instead of just the ones that can carry back to her house. She looks forward to spending more time with her daughter and being able to watch her grow. Daneisha is excited to bedazzle the inside of her car and enjoy the freedom that it will bring.

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A Ford Taurus Named Mrs. Green

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 7:21 PM

Cyndicy Yarborough is not the only one excited about her new car. Her four kids, 2 girls and 2 boys, ages two, four, five, and six, get to vote on the cars name. Cyndicy says she is leaning towards Mrs. Green as the name, because they have a pet turtle named Mr. Green. 

Before owning her car, her daily commute involved walking to a bus stop and taking her children to school, which took an hour and 20 minutes. With her Ford Taurus, her commute is now only 20 minutes.

Cyndicy feels much safer driving her children places. She also feels better knowing that she can get them to doctors appointments on time, and will be able to regularly pick up groceries for them. She plans on driving all of her kids to the waterpark as a treat. 

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A Bright Future

Thursday, August 25, 2016 8:59 PM

Crystal Toomer is a mother of 6 kids. Her youngest child is just 2 years old.She works hard to take care of them and maintain her job. Without a car it is very difficult for Crystal to get to work, the grocery store, and the doctors. She often has to pay for a cab, and with her large family that is expensive. Crystal recently enrolled in Warwick Community college, and she plans on furthering her education to benefit her family. 

With her new car, Crystal's commute will only take 10 minutes. She will also have time to take her kids to football practice, and classes at the local YMCA. Crystal looks forward to family vacation trips, and going out on date night.

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Hardworking and Selfless

Monday, August 22, 2016 4:53 PM

Luis Lugo is going to help out his family with his new car. Luis' nephew suffers from asthma and has to go the doctor's office frequently. With his car, Luis will take some of the strain off his family by driving his nephew to appointments. His father works long overnight hours and does not have his own car, which  causes him to depend on others.  Luis plans to be the shoulder his dad can lean on by shuttling him to and from work.

 As a full-time student at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, CT Luis works during the day at Carey Manufacturing and attends college at night in hopes of obtaining a degree in machining to better his life for himself and his family. 

 Thanks to Modern Mazda in Connecticut for partnering with us as part of Mazda's Drive to 100 initiative!

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Monday, August 15, 2016 8:21 PM

Mandy Rogers has had to rely on friends and co-workers for rides. She said there was "no guarantee that they were going to be on time," and this limited the places she was able to go. Mandy and her 15-year-old son have not always been able to  get to doctors appointments, get to the grocery store, or run everyday errands. 

All of that will change with Mandy's new car. She has a job offer in Columbia that will pay more than she currently makes. Her son will be able to stay after school for lacrosse and wrestling, and he will even be able to go to away games! They both look forward to visiting Mandy's father and other family members in West Virginia, a 2-hour-trip that they have not been able to make in a long time.

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Determined to Succeed

Monday, August 8, 2016 3:51 PM

Lyndon Rowland has the will and the determination that it takes to succeed. While working full-time as a customer service representative at State Farm Insurance, he’s taken the initiative to enroll himself at Manchester Community College for the fall semester. 

Lyndon’s fortitude is clearly an inheritance from his mother, who recently received her first degree and is now working towards a bachelor’s degree in social services. Although she was driving herself to school and work, she managed to find the time to help her son get where he needed to go, too. 28436369802_cf73b8f90f_o.jpg

A strong-willed mother and the help of Job Corps allowed Lyndon to gain more structure in his life and that structure is a major stepping stone towards higher education and more career opportunities. 

The other stepping stone is his new car. Car ownership allows Lyndon to have a greater sense of independence and self-reliance, and more...

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