Grateful Man Goes Back to School

Monday, May 23, 2016 5:17 PM

James Yates cannot wait to help the people with his car.

James works at a shelter and plans to use his car to help clients with important errands like trips to the doctor and picking prescriptions. He also wants to reach back into his own community to assist those that have supported him in the past.

Education and family are near and dear to James’ heart. He looks forward to returning to school and being an awesome uncle now that he can get to Washington, D.C. with ease.

“Everybody has a story. It’s important to be thankful,” James says.  He feels good about being able to pay it forward.

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Yazmyne Names the Family Car

Friday, May 13, 2016 4:07 PM

Patrina Ravenell walks 90 minutes to take her five-year-old and two-year-old daughters to day care and get to work every morning. “I’ve walked in all sorts of weather and I can’t carry them both,” she says about her daily commute. With a car, Patrina’s trip would only be 10 minutes.

She’s never had a problem getting to work on time, but driving allows Patrina to be more energized and focused on the job. She describes the situation as stressful and is glad to know that she’ll have more security for her children.  

Patrina’s favorite color is pink and her bubbly personality reflects that choice. She looks forward to taking lots of family trips and even hopes to plan a trip to South Carolina.

“My daughter Yazmyne says we should name the car Rosetta. Rosie for short.”

Thanks to Mazda's Drive for good, we're that much closer to getting 100 families into 100 cars!

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A Young Dad Makes Major Moves

Thursday, May 5, 2016 5:05 PM

Hayder Khaliq works 12 hours a day as a cook and has to travel at least two hours to get to and from his job.

“I can’t wait to see my son more,” he says excitedly about being able to visit his girlfriend and 6-month-old son.  He’s envisioning a fun-filled summer with trips to the park, aquarium and to Ocean City, MD.

Hayder also wants to move forward with his education. He was considering G.E.D. classes in Arundel Mills, but he was unable to travel the distance to make the classes. He wants to be a good example for his son.

Growing up in Pakistan, Hayder had a horse named Naina. Thanks to #MazdaDrive4Good, his Mazda Tribute will bear the same name because he’ll be able to “ride around freely.”

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Making Baseball Dreams Come True

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:11 PM

Latisha Curtis leaves her home at night and takes three buses to get to her night job. With her car, the 90 minutes commute can be cut down to a 20 minutes drive. She’s looking forward to her night travels being safer and much less unnerving.

Thanks to our partnership with #MazdaDrive4Good program, she will be able to indulge in her seven-year-old son’s new found interest in baseball. Latisha hesitated to include Cory in sports and other after-school activities because most activities aren’t very accessible without a car. Now, she can even consider a trip to Chuck E. Cheese.

If Latisha could drive anywhere, she’d take a trip back to her hometown of Oklahoma. She hasn’t visited in 13 years.

“It’s definitely going to be a boy. Maybe Billy,” she says when asked about naming her car.

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Nurturing New Additions

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:09 PM

Denise will be naming her car “H&N” after her the twins girls she recently received custody of, Heaven and Nevaeh.

On an average day, it takes Denise 30 minutes to get the three-month-olds to daycare and another 20 minutes to get herself to work. During the 3 years that she hasn’t had a car, she often gets rides from a girlfriend or pays for a cab to get around.

She’s excited to gain back her independence, but cares more about nurturing her new additions. “It’s really for the kids. I’ve done my share of living. Now, it’s about them,” says Denise.

The place she’s looking forward to driving to the most is home.

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Angel Drives Towards Her Future

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 6:20 PM

Angel Brent is an energetic, young mom that has a vision for her future. She works full-time as a restaurant server while attending school part-time, studying hospitality management, and taking care of her one-year-old son Austyn.

Angel makes a two-hour commute in the mornings: riding the Metro from Landover, getting off to take her son to daycare and getting back on to finally arrive at work in Arlington, Virginia. Schedules can be unpredictable as a server, so she often misses the last train home and has to get a ride. “After a long day at work, the last thing you want to think about is riding the Metro.” Owning a car means that her commute is cut down to about 30 minutes. Angel will also have an easier time getting her son to medical appointments to help improve his asthma.

What Angel looks forward to most is spending time with her family, moving forward with her education and...

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Patience and Determination Puts Nicole on the Road

Friday, March 18, 2016 4:11 AM

Nicole Woodward endured a 45 minute bus commute to work each day. She also struggled to transport her two young children, ages 7 and 6, to school and day care. Nicole works at a foster care facility but did not have enough money saved to buy a car for her commute.

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 take her children to school and drive herself to and from work with ease.

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 say thank you.”

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Car Means Better Shifts, More Income and Better Schooling

Friday, March 18, 2016 4:06 AM

Ebony Hagen is a mother to a 12-year-old daughter. She has been working part-time as a home healthcare aide, a job that requires her to transport her patients for medical appointments and errands. Her employer agreed to give her more hours if she could secure reliable transportation. This opportunity would provide Ebony with and increased income.

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

“Having a car allows me to pick up more shifts at work to increase my income,” she says. Ebony will also be able to take her daughter to a better school to improve her education. Vehicle ownership has been life changing for Ebony.

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Young Mother Secures Transportation and New Job

Friday, March 18, 2016 4:02 AM

Danielle is a 25-year-old mother to a young son. She secured a higher paying job but needed to rely on public transportation and friends for her daily commute. Her work hours were limited due to having unreliable transportation.

In January 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Matrix Human Services, awarded Danielle a 1997 Nissan Altima.

Vehicle ownership allows Danielle to get to and from work on time and allows her to pick up additional hours. Danielle is happy to have a higher paying job with more hours so she can better care for her son.

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Car Ownership Allows Mom to Make a Difference

Friday, March 18, 2016 3:58 AM

Moneak Canady, her husband and two children relied on public transportation to complete life’s daily tasks. Moneak works as a home healthcare aide where she takes her clients to doctor appointments. Moneak used her clients’ vehicles to take them to their appointments and run their errands because she did not have a car of her own.

In January 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Moneak a 2001 Saturn.

Vehicle ownership allows Moneak to get to and from work every day and to take her clients to their appointments. Now that Moneak has a car, she can take on additional clients and increase her household income. “This car is going to help my family reach one of our goals—to have a ministry to help those that are less fortunate,” says Moneak.

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