Blog : Success Story


Out of the Elements

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 4:17 PM

Ameena - 2019.pngAmeena is a hard-working mother of two beautiful girls, ages 8 and 5. Currently, Ameena works at a cemetery in Suitland Maryland as a sales counselor. Without her own transportation, Ameena used 3 buses to get her daughters to school and herself to work. However, the commute ended up amounting to 2.5 hours each way. “If I left work at 5:00 PM, my daughters and I wouldn’t get home until 7:30 PM,” she said.

With winter weather fast approaching, Ameena became concerned for her daughters’ health and opted to begin taking ride-sharing services. However, the costs quickly became too high, resulting in Ameena having to rent a car each week. “It felt like I was going to work just to be able to afford the drive to work!” With her exorbitant commuting costs, Ameena’s biggest struggle became not being able to save money. “I want to go back to school, but I can’t save up enough right now.”

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7,000-Mile Journey

Friday, May 25, 2018 6:35 PM

Safaa.pngSafaa and his family fled to the U.S. from Iraq as refugees in December of 2016. Despite working as an aircraft engineer for 19 years at the Iraqi Aircraft Company, Safaa now works at a bakery in order to provide or his wife and three children ages 4, 3, and 4-months. Without his own transportation to rely on, Safaa has not been able to accept a second job despite wanting to earn more income for his family. This is in addition to the economic burden placed on the family by having to use expensive ride-sharing services to get to and from doctor’s appointments and grocery shopping.

With his newly awarded VFC vehicle, Safaa is looking forward to completing basic errands more easily. He also cannot wait to take his family to lunch at their favorite Afghani restaurant for a taste of home! Safaa excitedly mentioned that he loves cooking biryani and his wife is looking forward to visiting a...

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The Road to Recovery

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:56 PM

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For years Jessica struggled with alcohol addiction which left her homeless and straining to provide for her nine-year-old son who lives full-time in a mental treatment facility. When Jessica learned she was pregnant again, she knew things had to change. Luckily, Jessica was able to move in with a friend who also helped her get a job as a medical technician.

After working only 3 months, Jessica had 10 clients on her caseload. Jessica’s boss noticed her hard work and not only gave her a raise but allowed her to move into an apartment on the facility’s campus. Once Jessica had her baby, her boss knew Jessica would need even more support and allowed Jessica to move in with her.

Although Jessica was so grateful for the help, her boss had health problems as well as a child with disabilities of her own, so Jessica knew the situation would not be sustainable for long. Without bus routes near...

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Going Above and Beyond

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:50 PM

SS Small Cropped High.jpgUnlike most VFC car recipients, Cheyenne was not alone when she came to accept her VFC car award. Cheyenne was accompanied by her two case workers, Tara and Holly, from Caroline County DSS who wanted to share the moment with her! Cheyenne is a Baltimore native currently working at a nursing home in Denton, MD. Before owning her own vehicle, Cheyenne struggled to get to work, to the grocery store, and to doctor's visits for her two-year-old daughter. Having to walk everywhere, Cheyenne noted, “Walking with a two-year-old is not a fast process.”

Now with her newly-awarded VFC car award, Cheyenne can finally get where she needs to go at her own pace! Cheyenne even looks forward to traveling further than she was able to previously and stated that she can’t wait to take her daughter to Ocean City. “This is a huge blessing because of this program, my daughter and I don’t have to struggle...

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Slam Dunk

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 5:24 PM

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For most, the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. Sadly, for Yasmine’s family, that was not the case. Yasmine is the proud mother of four beautiful children ages 11, 6, and twins, age 4. In November, Yasmine received the devastating news that her oldest daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. Things took another hard turn when in December, Yasmine’s car broke down leaving her family without independent transportation. With work being 10 miles away, Yasmine had to find some way to continue getting to work and her children to school. She began using ride sharing services. Not only was this costly, but the temperatures were dropping below freezing and Yasmine did not want her children to have to continue waiting outside. So, Yasmine took on the extra cost of renting a vehicle to keep her kids out of the cold.

At $30 per day, Yasmine has spent over $1,800 on the car rental alone....

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8,000 Mile Journey

Monday, February 19, 2018 3:53 PM

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Grace’s journey to car-ownership has been long. Originally from Kenya, Grace moved to the United States only a year ago. Without a car of her own, she was passed over for her first job opportunity but is now currently working in the IT sector as a communications technician. Before being awarded her Vehicles for Change car, Grace tried renting a car costing her $280 per week. With her paycheck barely meeting the car rental payment, she began using the bus which required a 30-minute walk before having to take two bus rides totaling 2 hours, one-way.

With osteoarthritis in her knees, Grace’s work commutes as well as bus rides to and from physical therapy were not only long, but painful. When asked how having her own car will affect her life, Grace emphatically answered, “positively!” She is excited to no longer have to worry about getting to work on time and is looking forward to doing...

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9-Months Pregnant

Monday, February 5, 2018 8:54 PM

33372076690_456281b5ea_o.jpg33372076690_456281b5ea_o.jpgAshley 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....

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More TIme For Twins

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 6:43 PM

 

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          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...

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A Family Man

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 4:45 PM

Robert receives car award keys from Awards Coordinator Lauren Ring

          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 ...

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A Concerned Mother

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 8:49 PM

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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...

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A Determined Soul

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:13 PM

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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...

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A Heart of Gold

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 5:15 PM

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           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...

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Overbooked

Monday, September 11, 2017 8:45 PM

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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 ...

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A Humble Road

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 8:49 PM

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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 ...

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Aging Out of Foster Care

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 7:34 PM

Cheree has been in the foster care system since she was 15-years-old. Now that she is approaching 21, she will soon be on her own. She works at Chick-fil-A in the BWI airport. To get to work, she takes a 30-minute bus ride, but her commute will become more challenging as she moves out of her foster home. Arriving to work on time and keeping her job is extremely important because, not only does she have to support herself, but she also has to support her 2-year-old son. Without a car, Cheree worries for her and her son’s future outside of the foster care system. Cheree’s older sister, who recently aged out of foster care, is unemployed, homeless and in desperate need of help. Her sister cannot keep a job because of her lack of transportation, which has perpetuated the cycle of homelessness. Cheree wants to help her sister get back on her feet, but without a car of her own, she cannot.

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Getting to the Doctor

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 5:31 PM

Armine is a dedicated mother of two boys who recently emigrated from Armenia. She works as a home health aide and without a car, her life is extremely difficult. She must travel to different locations to see clients and it takes her three hours to travel to her job. Armine would like to work more hours, but this is not possible without a faster mode of transportation. But, the biggest struggle for Armine is dealing with her four-year-old son’s autism and epilepsy without reliable transportation. Due to his disability, she often has to carry him or push him in a stroller along with her two-year-old. Walking far distances with her two sons in her arms has caused joint pain. Taking her son to the doctor is challenging as well. He goes to many different doctors that aren’t always accessible by public transport, so he will often be late to or miss his important appointments.

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Staying Humble

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:51 PM

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 to travel, 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 years...

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Pursuing Passions

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:28 PM

Ogun is a father of five children, ages 3, 5, 10, 12 and 15. Without a car, life has been difficult for him and his family. His six-mile commute takes him an hour by bus. His wife dedicates her time to home-schooling her three youngest. She is also a raw vegan chef and works a table at a farmer’s market, but she is not able to get all the supplies she needs to run her stand.  This has hindered their earning potential and Ogun has had to turn down many job opportunities. He does not live in a safe neighborhood, so his children are unable to play outside. He cannot take his children to the park or to any summer activities because he is worried about taking five young children on public transportation with only one parent to supervise. So overall, they spend the majority of their day at home.

With this car award, Ogun will take on new, better job opportunities, his children will be able to ...

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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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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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In Her Own Words

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 8:36 PM

"I would just like to say thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the car program. People tend to take for granted owning a vehicle and the ease of which you can get things done. This car has changed my family’s lives and mine. We now have a new sense of time and are able to spend so much more time together. Before we lost about four hours in a day riding the bus and having a car has given that back to us. Programs like these really do change people's lives and my family and I are very grateful to have been a part of it.

We love our car so much. The first night I brought it home we went out and it was wonderful just to be driving in our own vehicle. We are going and are sharing our joy of having a car with others. Your program has made a difference in our lives so we do not take for granted what we have. We like to give rides to others we know and help them out...

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Finding Stability

Monday, March 27, 2017 7:41 PM

Roxane’s commute to work varies day-to-day because her transportation depends on whether or not a coworker can drive her or if she has to pay a cab to take her.  The twenty-seven miles can take up to two hours on a bad day.

She recently moved out of a homeless shelter and is worried about losing her job because of her lack of reliable transportation. Her grandparents have been kind enough to take in her five-year-old daughter but without a car, Roxane is hardly able to visit and spend time with her.

Roxane looks forward to her car award. She plans on spending a lot more time with her daughter and is excited about the independence that car ownership will provide her.

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Balancing Bills

Monday, March 20, 2017 6:01 PM

Rashidah has to wake up at 5 am in order to get her 2-year-old son to daycare and herself to work on time. Her 2-hour commute involves 3 buses and walking over 20 minutes. She worries about her son being outside in the elements, especially in the winter.

In Rashidah’s neighborhood buses stop running at 6 pm, so her and her son are hardly able to do anything outside of their normal routine. The cost of buses and the occasional taxi cab add up, and Rashidah has been finding it difficult to balance the cost of transportation with her other bills.

She is beyond excited to receive her car award from Vehicles for Change. Rashidah is going to drive her son to Chuck-E-Cheese’s and plans on helping out other people that are struggling with transportation.

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Car Provides a Better Life

Monday, March 6, 2017 9:44 PM

Vonjj works at a dental office and is enrolled in school to prepare for dental school. In order to get to work and school, she has to count on family members and cabs for transportation. Vonjj has three children who ride with her and are dropped off at school. When riding the public transportation, Vonjj and her children have to wake up early to catch the bus.

With her car, Vonjj is able to work, attend school and ensure her three children get to and from school without obstacles. A reliable and affordable car puts Vonjj one step close to achieving success and providing a better life for her family.

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Future Construction Manager

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:17 PM

Tewodros has a busy schedule that is made even more difficult without reliable transportation. He works a job most days but also has an internship as an electrician, and on top of that, he takes college classes. Tewodros is working on getting a degree in construction management. He has to walk two miles to get to the bus stop and then spends an hour and a half on the bus just to get to work. When he has his apprenticeship he has to take three buses and the light rail while carrying his heavy electrical equipment.

With his car award from Vehicles for Change Tewodros will be able to spend a lot less time in transit and more time with his son. He will be able to go to the doctors and the grocery store when he needs to, and not have to wait for his friends to be available. Tewodros is excited to drive to work and to school and eagerly looks forward to keeping the car in tip-top shape.

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A Long Road to a Better Life

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:01 PM

Abuk is the mother of five with a sixth child due any day now. It takes her 40 minutes to walk her children to school and to get to work. Abuk is used to living a hard life, as she along with her husband, immigrated as refugees to the United States in 2004 from South Sudan, a war-torn country.

She has worked hard to support her children and provide a better life for them here in the United States. With a child on the way, her new car will be a huge help. Abuk will no longer have to walk in the cold weather. She will finally be able to make all of her prenatal doctor's appointments and save money instead of using cabs to get to them. Best of all, she will be able to go shopping with her family for baby clothes.

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More Family Time

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 7:53 PM

Charlene Dozier has to have two jobs to support herself and her three children. When she isn't working she is busy figuring out transportation for herself and her children.This requires figuring out public transportation or asking friends for rides. The problem with public transportation is that the bus fare for four adds up quickly, and the bus schedule usually means a lot of waiting for the family.

 Vehicle ownership will allow Charlene to easily take her children to school and drive herself to and from work. A new car means Charlene can continue working two jobs, plus pick up more hours. She will be able to continue to care for her children, but also provide more for them than she could before.

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Making the Doctors Appointments

Monday, February 6, 2017 5:50 PM

Michelle Morris only lives seven minutes away from her job, so why does her daily commute take 30 minutes? Because the mother of five has to rely on public transportation. Without a vehicle, Michelle struggles to get her children to school on time. Her 12-year-old can’t participate in volleyball after school because she has no way of picking him up afterward.

It is difficult for Michelle to get her children to doctor’s appointments, which are crucial because her daughter suffers from an unknown diagnosis requiring 3-4 doctors visits a month. Michelle struggles to take her daughter to her appointments and make it back home at a reasonable time to take care of the rest of her children. The kids miss out on fun trips and outings because the bus fare for 6 is so expensive.

Michelle and her children are beyond excited for their car award. They look forward to spending more quality time with...

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Breathing Easy

Monday, January 30, 2017 6:06 PM

Lindsay Lewis lives 20 minutes from her job. She takes public transportation, but it requires taking multiple buses at unpredictable times. She has been late to work many times because of the inconsistent bus schedules. If Lindsay cannot take the bus, Lindsay has to rely on other people for rides and wait for them to finish up their plans. 

 Because Lindsay’s mother is retired, she is able to look after her son and provide daycare. Difficulties arise when her son needs to go to doctor’s appointments. He has breathing issues and has to see a specialist in Towson. Getting him there is tough, especially because they have to rely on public transportation. 

 Lindsay hopes to use her new car to drive to Pittsburg and visit family. Her mom’s car could not fit everyone, and they can now take two cars when her family wants to go places. She plans on decorating her car with a new personalized...

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Car Brings Opportunity to Whole Family

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 5:51 PM

Delania Straws is a hardworking mother of four, and works at Henry Ford Hospital. Her and her children rely on public transportation, and family and friends to get wherever they need to go. It is difficult for her children to attend afterschool activities, and they end up missing many events.

Vehicle ownership allows Delania to safely transport herself to and from work. Her car will allow her children to be more involved and successful in school. The entire family is excited for all of the opportunities their new car will provide.

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Moving in the Right Direction

Monday, January 23, 2017 3:46 PM

Julia Brown relies on her family to drive her to work 40 minutes away. Since she works at night, she has to get a ride to her mother’s house before work to drop her daughter off. It takes a lot of effort for Julia to coordinate her schedule based on her friend's availability. Her daughter has missed cheerleading and band practice because of their lack of transportation.

Julia’s new car will change her life tremendously. She will continue to work at night in order to take care of her daughter during the day, but will take on more hours to earn more money. Julia will finally be able to take her daughter to cheerleading competitions and band practice. She will be able to save up money that she would have been spending on public transportation. She plans to decorate her car with a radio and GPS system.

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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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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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On the Road to Independence

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 5:26 PM

Leontyne Price lives in the West side of Baltimore but works in Towson, and her commute to work takes 2 ½ to 3 hours every morning. She normally takes two buses but if she is late, she has to take three or four. If she misses the bus, she has to pay $20 to take an Uber or a Lyft.

Leontyne has six children she wants to spend more time with. Since she leaves at 6:30a.m. to get to work in the morning, she is not able to spend as much time with them as she would like. Her older boys play sports, but they miss practices sometimes because it is hard for Leontyne to get them there. Sometimes their coach has to give them rides, and occasionally they have to take an Uber or Lyft.

Leontyne’s new car will allow her to go to job interviews to get a better paying job. She will finally be able to go to Philadelphia to visit her brother. She says her car is a girl, since she has so many boys in her...

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Car Allows Mom to Pursue Degree

Monday, December 5, 2016 5:47 PM

Dia Word is a hardworking young mother of a three-year-old son, in pursuit of a dream. She struggled this past year to get herself to work and school, and on top of this also taking her son to school. Dia set a goal for herself to continue her education, but paying for school left her without the funds to buy a car.

In July 2016, Vehicles for Change awarded Dia with a car. She is now able to get to and from work easily, in addition to driving her son to school everyday. She will continue to pursue her dream by enrolling in nursing school. Her new car plus a degree in nursing will allow Dia to cruise toward her dream of financial freedom.

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Putting Her Children First

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 5:41 PM

Tia Heath takes three buses every morning to get to her job at Amazon in Dundalk. Because it is such a long commute, she has to wake up at 3a.m. just to get to work by 7a.m. It is especially hard for Tia waiting for the bus when the weather is bad.

Tia is a mother to five children. Her eight-year-old son has ADHD and mood disorder, so he has to see a therapist multiple times a month. It is difficult taking him to his appointments since she does not have reliable transportation. Her other son has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, so it is difficult taking him on the bus.

Tia will use her car to have new experiences with her children. She plans to take them to Chuck E Cheese and the movies. She is also going to put her son with ADHD into a sport to better manage his condition. Tia is going to let her children decorate the car.

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Time for New Experiences

Monday, November 28, 2016 5:30 PM

Asia Pollock has to walk a mile to get to the bus everyday. If she misses the bus, she has to walk even further to catch another one. One time she had to walk from Johns Hopkins to Canton because she missed the bus, having to follow the bus route just in case a bus pulled up.

Asia is a mother to five children with ages ranging from 10-months-old to 13-years-old. It is difficult to get her older children places like the library without a car. She does not want to spend $4 a day on the bus if she does not have to, so they just stay home.

Asia’s new car will allow her to drive to Delaware to visit her kid’s godmother for Christmas. This will be their first time going to Delaware, and she looks forward to finding out where she can and cannot park her very own car. She plans on representing Baltimore by decorating her car with Ravens decorations. 

 

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Better Shifts, Equals Brighter Future

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 3:36 PM

Ebony Hagen is a 31-year-old mother of a 12-year-old daughter. Ebony works as a part time home healthcare aide, a job that requires her to transport her patients for medical appointments and errands. Without a car, Ebony had difficulty performing her job and her income suffered. Her employer told Ebony that she would receive more hours if she could secure reliable transportation.

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

Vehicle ownership allows Ebony to work more hours, perform all of the requirements of her job, and earn more income. “Having a car allows me to pick up more shifts at work to increase my income,” she says. Ebony is also able to take her daughter to a better school that to improve her education.

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A Bright and Promising Future

Monday, November 21, 2016 4:57 PM

Maurice Gaines’ normal commute to work takes more than an hour. He has to take the subway followed by the bus every morning and afternoon. This commute would only be 15 minutes with a car. He is currently enrolled in a carpentry trade school that strictly enforces their no late policy. During the days where buses are crowded, they do not let any more people ride the bus. When this happens, Maurice has to pay to get a ride to get to class so that he makes it on time.

With his new car, Maurice will be able to spend more time with his 12-year-old son. His lack of transportation affects how often he sees him now. Since Maurice’s son does not live with him, it is hard to get over to him often.

It is Maurice’s first time owning a car, and he will have a promising future because of it. He wants to take his son to Dave and Busters, the Science Center and the Inner Harbor. Maurice also wants to...

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Promising Future

Monday, November 21, 2016 4:57 PM

Maurice Gaines’ normal commute to work takes more than an hour. He has to take the subway followed by the bus every morning and afternoon. This commute would only be 15 minutes with a car. He is currently enrolled in a carpentry trade school that strictly enforces their no late policy. During the days where buses are crowded, they do not let any more people ride the bus. When this happens, Maurice has to pay to get a ride to get to class so that he makes it on time.

With his new car, Maurice will be able to spend more time with his 12-year-old son. His lack of transportation affects how often he sees him now. Since Maurice’s son does not live with him, it is hard to get over to him often.

It is Maurice’s first time owning a car, and he will have a promising future because of it. He wants to take his son to Dave and Busters, the Science Center and the Inner Harbor. Maurice also wants to...

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More Family Time for Dad

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 4:05 PM

Anthony Dillard is a 25-year-old father of four young children, ages 6, 5, 4, and 9 months. To provide steady income for his family, Anthony endured a long daily commute for work, taking him from Detroit to Shelby and back. His morning commute before owning a vehicle, involved catching three bus rides starting at 4:30am to make it to work on time. Anthony also relied on bus transportation for shopping and errands, a challenge with four young children in tow.

In October 2015, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, awarded Anthony a 2002 Saturn SL2. Owning a vehicle simplifies Anthony’s daily commute allowing him to spend more time with his young family. He also no longer has to worry about which grocery items he can carry with him on the bus.

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Hard Work and Perseverance

Monday, November 14, 2016 6:01 PM

Tyasia Reynolds lives less than 10 miles from her job. What should be a short commute takes Tyasia 1 hour and 40 minutes on public transportation. She has a 3-year-old son who has to go to daycare in the morning. Her mother helps Tyasia out by dropping him off and picking him up. 

Tyasia says that she cannot get anywhere without a car. One time, when her son was sick, it took her 2 hours just to pick him up. Tyasia has to wait until her mother is able to drive her places, or borrow her car when she is not using it. 

Her son loves Chuck-E-Cheese, and Tyasia will finally be able to take him there more often. She will take her son to kickboxing in May when he turns four. Tyasia says she is thankful for her new car so she can get from point A to point B, and is also thankful she and her family can do more activities together. She is going to name her car and wants to decorate the inside...

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Patience and Determination

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:59 PM

Nicole Woodward’s normal commute without a car took 45 minutes. She had to get on the bus at the west side of Detroit to get to the east side for work everyday. Nicole also used public transit to get her two young children, ages 7 and 6, to school as well as day care. She works at a foster care facility and has had difficulty saving up the money for a car.

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 easily take her children to school and drive herself to and from work every day. 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...

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Momentum for Entrepreneur

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 2:38 PM

Gloria Wade Stevens is a self-starter entrepreneur. She puts her heart and soul into her business, but without a vehicle she was very limited. Gloria was unable to deliver her product and advertise her business, which reduced her income.

In September 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Gloria a 2001 Honda Accord.

Gloria now has the means to build her business and become successful. She is grateful for the opportunity to gain financial freedom and independence. Gloria is also excited that she can now visit her granddaughter.

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Dream Big

Monday, October 31, 2016 3:22 PM

Aaronette Harris is working hard to reach her goals. She has two kids, ages 3 and 5. She works in the Rochester suburb, and lives in the city. Without a car Aaronette has to rely on public transportation, and her commute takes an hour and a half both ways.

Aaronette has aspirations to get her business degree and also to become a nurse. She is currently enrolled in a certificate program and once she finishes that she is heading back to get her associates in international business.

With her car she plans on spending more time her kids and taking them out on trips. Aaronette wants to eventually be able to pay the kindness forward by working as a nurse and helping others.

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Bus Driver Gets First Set of Wheels

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 3:22 PM

Vera Williams is a bus driver, transporting passengers more than 100 miles every day. Yet she didn’t have a vehicle of her own to get to work. She struggled to care for her three teenage children and had difficulty taking them where they needed to be.

The Detroit Michigan office of Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Vera a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer.

With her new vehicle, Vera is able to reduce her monthly transportation expenses and eliminate her transportation challenges. Her children are excited to have more freedom and Vera will finally be able to keep up with her kids’ busy schedules.

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Serving the Community

Monday, October 24, 2016 4:57 PM

Michelle Mitchell recently ended an unsafe relationship, which led her to lose her house and car. Her sister has been kind enough to lease a car for her and provide a house for her to stay in. In exchange, Michelle helps take care of her sister’s autistic son in addition to her own 3 children. With the car lease ending at the end of October, Michelle does not have enough money to continue it.

Working as a community habilitation coordinator, Michelle helps match up developmental disability specialists with their clients. Michelle only lives 3 miles from her work, but because she does house visits she would be unable to keep her job without a car.

Michelle looks forward to owning a vehicle, and the independence it will provide. Michelle's car award will lead her to helping the community, and her kids are excited to participate in after school activities again.

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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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New Beginnings

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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Ready for Change (2)

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:41 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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Ready for Change (1)

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:36 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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Ready for Change

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:36 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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Limitless

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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A Bubble of Hope

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 8:25 PM

Timmey Clark has never owned a vehicle. The New York transplant and her two-year-old daughter Amaya dedicate almost four hours daily to riding public transportation.

Timmey rides four buses to make it to her daughter’s daycare and continues on to work, traveling from Baltimore County to Park Heights, a trip that will only take 25 minutes in her Pontiac GT.

She smiles as she shares the journeys that she can’t wait to take. “Delaware,” Timmey says still smiling. She has a sister that lives there and says, “It would be nice to get the family together.”

She’s also made future plans for Amaya with hopes to put her in ballet classes once she is old enough. Until then, she’ll be sticking her “Baby on Board” placard in the window of 'Bubbles,' the Pontiac. 

“Today, just changed my whole life.”

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Paving it Forward

Monday, August 1, 2016 5:08 PM

In the past confidence is something that Oliver Tito struggled with. He had difficulty finding employment, and after almost two years his family discovered job corps. He enrolled in the manufacturing program and ever since he has become more confident. He is now a teacher’s aid to other students and helps teach basic machine operations.

 His lack of transportation and his need to rely on others to get to work caused Oliver to have issues arriving on time at his previous job.  With his new car, Oliver plans on helping other people get to school, searching for job opportunities outside of the Hartford area, and visiting family. Thanks to Mazda of Manchester for partnering with us for Mazda's Drive for Good, and Lisa Phillips for representing us!

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Three Cheers for Eboni

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:23 PM

Eboni Brown lives 45 minutes from her job at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, and previously carpooled every day from her home in Bowie, Maryland. 

As the mother of six children and grandmother of one grandson, Eboni is always busy. When her old car broke down she had to cut down a lot of activities. Her children play football, basketball, and participate on a cheer team. Taking them to out of town games and practice became very difficult.

With her award of a 2004 Mazda 6, Eboni looks forward to being able to watch her kids play sports and cheer. Her new car will also help reduce her commute to work. “I won’t have to carpool anymore, I can get to my appointments and I can do more things with my children,” Eboni said. 

Thank's to Passport Mazda for partnering with us as part of Mazda's Drive for Good program!

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Fully Re-charged

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 3:11 PM

Atum Dyson is excited for his new car and the job opportunities it will bring. With his car he will "make more money and be able to get to jobs in Frederick," says Atum.

Right now he wakes up at 6:30 in the morning for a 2-hour bus ride to work that involves carrying his heavy electrician equipment with him.

Atum looks forward to easily running errands and driving on a vacation trip to Ocean City.

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Fresh Start with a Fresh Car

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 2:10 PM

Jamie Jacob will finally be able to visit her family members a few counties over, some she hasn’t seen in more than 6 years. 

A mother to 3, Jamie spends a lot of her effort walking her 4 -year-old daughter to daycare and trying to get rides to visit her 15-year-old son at his Dad’s house. 

She’s already put flower decals on the windows and a lei air freshener on her mirror. Jamie’s 8-year-old son looks forward to being able to join a recreational soccer league and cub scouts.

 

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A Better Future

Monday, July 11, 2016 2:52 PM

Ashley Butler was overjoyed to receive her car. As a single parent of three young children day-to-day tasks without a car were extremely difficult. Ashley.jpg 

Having to wait for public transportation in all kinds of weather with her infant, toddler, and young child put a heavy strain on Ashley. “I’m really happy I don’t have to drag my kids around in the heat or cold when I have errands to run and drop them off,” she says. 

Ashley recently was able to register for college courses and she secured employment as a hair stylist.  With her new car and her family’s best interest in mind, she is working towards a better future. 

Thanks Pacifico Mazda for partnering with us for Mazda’s Drive for Good!

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What Matters

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 1:42 PM

InDira Cue balances taking classes at Temple University, going to work, and taking care of her children. All of these things she does without a car. It has been difficult for InDira to get to places on time. It takes her over an hour just to get to work, and if she is late to pick up her kids at daycare there are late fees she has to pay.

Because InDira was having trouble getting her daughter to school due to transportation issues last year, her daughter had to be placed at a school closer to their home. It’s clear how much of an impact not having a car had on her family’s life.

With her new car, many opportunities will be opened for InDira. She will be able to drive her daughter to school, and have a shorter commute to work.  InDira looks forward to being able to focus on what matters. “I’ll be able to drive to my mother and grandmother who both live in North Philadelphia and help...

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Student Bypasses Job Roadblock

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 2:32 PM

Daniel Rivera is one of the top students in his class at Orleans Technical Institute. Not only is he an outstanding student but he is ambitious outside of school as well. He has been trying to fit a job into his busy schedule.

Daniel has missed opportunities for well-paying jobs because public transportation does not always take him where he needs to go.

With his award, Daniel will be able to get to his appointments on time, instead of relying on his friends to drive him. He will be able to secure a job, and says the car “will make him a better man, not only for himself but for his family as well.”

Thanks North Penn Mazda for helping us give Daniel his car!

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Car Alleviates Asthma Stress

Monday, June 27, 2016 2:54 PM

Erica Jordan is a hardworking and motivated mother of a 7-year-old son. Because of her son’s asthma, which can worsen due to the stress of heavy and long traveling, he is away at a boarding school for the time being.

With a car, Erica will finally have reliable transportation, and will be able to visit her son more frequently.

On an average commute, getting to work takes Erica about two hours on public transportation. With a car, the commute averages to about 30 minutes.

“A car will help me tremendously. My mom and brother always tell me I need to get a car because I work at night and they’re worried, and now I’ll finally have one,” she says. Erica has just shared the happy news with her son, and he is incredibly excited. With her new car, Erica plans to drive her son to New York for his birthday.

Thanks to John Kennedy Mazda- Conshohoken we are one car closer to 100!

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No waiting, No asking

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 2:31 PM

Tamara Miller, a grandmother of 5, starts her day by dropping off her youngest grandchild at daycare. She takes the rest of her grandkids to her daughter’s house, before finally heading into work. Without a car that means paying a taxi for each stop she makes, which quickly becomes expensive.

"It's frustrating not being able to just get in a car and do what you need to do," said Tamara.

She looks forward to the freedom of owning a car, "no waiting, no asking," and plans to drive to the beach over the summer.

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Mazda Helps With Embracing New Adventures

Monday, June 13, 2016 5:20 PM

 

 Johnathin Haman had been without a car for an extended period of time before being awarded a car through the Mazda Drive for Good program.

 Before owning his car he struggled to find a job and was limited to jobs that were relatively close by to his home. Due to the high cost of public transportation, going to work and going out to places was expensive for Johnathin.

 After being awarded his 2000 Acura TL, he is able to do activities that he was not able to do before. He plans on going out to eat, going to amusement parks, movies, sightseeing, and out of town traveling. “I plan on using my car to travel to see family in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, New York, and parts of Maryland,” he says.

 Thanks to the partnership of Mazda and Vehicles for Change, Johnathin can finally embrace his love for adventure by driving to Busch Gardens.

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Ford Fusion Puts Mom on the Road

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:11 PM

Charmaine Simms is a motivated mother who envisions great opportunities for her family. The only thing that stopped her was not having reliable transportation, which put a strain on both her and her one-year-old daughter.

Looking for places for her daughter to go to school was difficult, since most schools seemed too far without a car. Taking her daughter to her doctor’s appointments was also a huge inconvenience. “It’s hard to take my daughter to the doctor at Children’s Hospital and having to bring a stroller onto the bus, and also trying to figure out the bus routes to DC,” Charmaine says.

Public transportation and its erratic schedules caused her commute to work to be more than one hour. With a car, Charmaine’s commute to work could be cut down to 20 minutes. She’ll also be able to take her daughter to the doctor without the stresses of public transportation.

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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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A Young Dad Makes Major Changes

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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Car Donation Makes Two Jobs and More Income a Reality

Friday, March 18, 2016 3:55 AM

Brandon Jackson relied on public transportation to get to and from work at his job in Detroit. Without a car, Brandon struggled to find better job opportunities with higher pay. He was limited to jobs that were in a convenient distance from his bus route.

In January 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Brandon a 1997 Honda Civic.

Brandon has become more self-sufficient now that he owns a car. He is able to get to and from work on time while looking for a second part-time job. With a car, Brandon has the freedom to work more and earn more.

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Mayor Awards Car to Hardworking Mother

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:50 PM

Chantae Rogers is one of the two recipients who was awarded a car by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Rogers is a hostess at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore and often takes the bus to work. During the winter months, she frequently waits for the bus for up to an hour and a half in the cold. Without personal transportation, arriving to work on time has been a challenge for Rogers. With a car, she will be a reliable employee and she will be able to attend her son’s extracurricular activities.

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Mayor Awards Keys to Busy Mother of Five

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:39 PM

Regina Frazier is one of the two recipients who was awarded a car by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Frazier is a busy mother to five children ages 7, 6, 5, 3 and 1. Her commute to work at Amazon can sometimes be an hour or more when she takes the shuttle. It has been a challenge for Frazier to transport her children to and from school because of her ten hour work day. A car will help her children get to and from school in a timely manner while allowing her to feed them dinner and help with their homework at a decent time.

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Keys Give Mother Freedom to Get Ahead

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 4:42 PM

It was a trying winter for Lolita Griffin, a busy mother of three. Without a car, daily tasks were difficult for her to accomplish.

Working her schedule around others was a challenge. “It was difficult relying on others for a ride.” Now that she is the owner of a 2005 Ford Escape she is able to do more for her family. “Now that I have a car I can put my children in after school activities, be at appointments on time and avoid walking in rough weather conditions. The freedom to go when I need to is the greatest!”

A car donation has been life changing for Griffin and her children.

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Car Donation Provides Father with Freedom

Monday, March 7, 2016 5:19 PM

Samuel Langley looks forward to providing his daughters with more now that he is the owner of a 2001 Chevy Cavalier.

“Now I no longer have to ask for rides. I can get back and forth to work and take part in more family activities such as teaching my daughters how to drive.”

A car donation has provided Langley with the freedom he needs to achieve economic and personal independence.

“I really appreciate all of the help that I have received. Now I want to pay it forward and help others as I have been helped.”

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New Minivan Mom Helps Detroit Parents and Schools

Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:19 PM

Detroit resident Betsy Beltran, her husband and two teenage daughters previously lived life without a vehicle to call their own. Betsy works as a Parent Organizer for 14 Detroit Public Schools that require her to travel every day for meetings and training sessions. A family member would often drop Beltran off at work, but she needed her own car in order to keep her job.

In January 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Betsy a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

Vehicle ownership allows 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,” said Betsy on the impact of having her own vehicle.

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Busy Mother Looks Forward to Future

Thursday, March 3, 2016 4:11 AM

Rhonda Best-Melvin, a busy mother of five, is excited for her future now that she is the owner of a 2006 Kia Sedona.

“Without a car, it was difficult to get to work, go grocery shopping or take my children to doctor appointments. Having a car will make a lot of my dreams come true. Now I’ll be able to provide my family with more and help others.”

Getting around was previously a challenge and often unsafe for Best-Melvin. “Now I won’t have to walk in the dark to pick my children up from after school activities.”

A car donation has been life changing for Best-Melvin and her children. “I feel so happy and blessed to have been considered and approved for a car. Thank you!”

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Car Donation Brings Comfort to Mother and Daughter

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 2:48 PM

Kanya Anthony, a medical assistant and part-time server, can provide her daughter with more now that she is the owner of a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

“It was stressful always paying for a cab and not being able to do more for my daughter. Now I will have a peace of mind knowing that I can get back and forth to work and take my daughter to more activities.”

Anthony looks forward to freedom and new opportunities. “Now I am able to apply for higher paying jobs.”

A car donation has been life changing for Anthony and her daughter.

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Car Donation Provides Family with Freedom

Thursday, February 25, 2016 2:35 PM

Jazmine Williams, a mother to twin daughters, Khloe and Kawil, looks forward to her newfound independence.

“Getting my children to and from school and making it to work on time was a challenge.” Now that Williams is the owner of a 2003 Jeep Liberty, she can tackle her daily tasks with ease.

“Now I can get up and go without having to wait for public transportation or ask for a ride. I can also put my children in after-school activities.”

A car donation has given Williams and her daughters the opportunity to change their lives.

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A Set of Keys Moves Family Forward

Monday, February 22, 2016 4:42 PM

With a set of keys in her hand, Tenika Gilliam, a mother of six, will now be able to provide her family with more.

Gilliam’s daily commute will no longer be a hassle now that she is the owner of a 1999 Dodge Caravan.Taking public transportation with all of my children and not having the extra money to enjoy life with them has been a challenge. Now that I have a car, I will be able to finish school, improve my credit, become more reliable at work and pick my children up from after-school activities.”

A car donation has given Gilliam and her children the freedom they need to access more opportunities. “This is a great program. I pray that they are always here to help families in my position.”

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Mother Gains Access to More Opportunities

Thursday, February 18, 2016 3:15 PM

Bryshonda Robinson, a busy mother to her daughter, Anyla, no longer needs to rely on others for transportation now that she is the owner of a 2004 Suzuki Verona.

A car donation has made it possible for Robinson to do more. “Finding transportation to and from work and taking my daughter to daycare was challenging without a vehicle. Now that I have a car I will be more reliable and I will be able to find more opportunity.”

Robinson looks forward to having the freedom to provide her daughter with more.

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Young Mother Attains Opportunity to Get Ahead

Friday, February 12, 2016 4:41 PM

Sharnisha Gross, a mother of two, is on the road to success now that she is the owner of a 2006 Saturn Ion. A car donation has made it possible for her to provide her children with more.

Relying on others for transportation is no longer necessary for Gross. “Without a car, it was difficult to take my kids to doctor’s appointments, school, daycare or any fun activities.”

Gross is looking forward to the new opportunities that are ahead. “Having a car will help me get to work on time and allow me to work more hours. I will also be able to drive my children to where they need to be.”    

A car has made it possible for Gross and her children to attain more opportunities.

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Heartfelt Words

Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:44 PM

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To Whom It May Concern,

First of all, I would like to thank Matt Stubbs, Katherine and the whole Vehicles for Change organization for the wonderful opportunity in helping me to obtain a vehicle through the program.

In only a little over a month it has truly been a blessing. The vehicle has allowed me the opportunity to drive to and [from] work all on my own – not having to ask for a ride, wait hours for buses in the cold or depend on others (metro included) to make it to work every day, on time. As a result my supervisors are starting to show more trust and faith in me as well as talk about advancement opportunities in the future (as long as I remain self-reliant and dependable of course).

I have also been able to help my kids and their mother in more ways, too. When one of them missed the school bus, I was able to go over there in my car and take her – FELT GREAT! When the other...

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A Set of Keys Provides Mother with Freedom

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 5:09 PM

Keona Jones, a mother of four, looks forward to her newfound freedom now that she is the owner of a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Relying on public transportation was not easy for Jones. “The most difficult aspect of not having a car was spending a lot of money on rides to work and not being able to put my kids in after school activities. Now I will be able to maintain employment, advance my employment opportunities and sign my children up for more activities.”

Jones is looking forward to providing her family with more. “Before finding Vehicles for Change, life without a car was a challenge. I was unable to put my babies in daycare which caused me to lose my job. Getting places was a hassle because the buses only run once every hour. Now that I have a car I am less stressed and I can do more. I am very thankful for this program.” A car donation from Vehicles for Change has empowered Jones...

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Young Mother Starts New Year on the Right Path

Thursday, February 4, 2016 5:06 PM

In December 2015, Vehicles for Change decided to spread some holiday cheer by offering Lyft rides home to applicants waiting for a car donation. Brittany Lunkin, one of the selected Lyft riders, explained how life without a car was a challenge. “I have to leave my house very early in the morning and walk to the train station in the dark in order to make it to work on time. I get off in the afternoon, wait for the train and then walk 20 minutes from the train station to pick up my son. After that, we walk home together,” Lunkin said.

In January 2016, Lunkin received a late holiday gift; her name was removed from the car donation waiting list and she was awarded a car of her own. She would no longer endure her lengthy daily commute, thanks to Vehicles for Change.

As a mother of two, Lunkin’s life had many limitations without personal transportation. “It was tough keeping my children from...

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A Set of Keys Empowers Young Mother

Monday, February 1, 2016 5:58 PM

Tabitha Stanley, a mother of five, is able to provide her family with more now that she is the owner of a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country.

Stanley is looking forward to participating in more activities with her children, something that was seldom possible without her own transportation. “I am excited to take my children to the library and the park.”

It was not always easy for Stanley to find reliable transportation to her job as a Data Entry Associate. “Now that I have a car I will be able to get around more. I won’t need to depend on others and my commute to work will be less than 30 minutes.” From now on, Stanley will also be able to commute to the doctor, the grocery store and her children’s school with ease.

A car donation from Vehicles for Change has been life changing for Stanley and her children.

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A Car Donation Simplifies Life for Young Mother

Friday, January 29, 2016 3:27 PM

Life without personal transportation was challenging for Takia Dixon Lovings, a mother of four. Now that she owns a 1998 Legacy Outback Wagon, she has the freedom to accomplish her daily tasks.

A car donation has made it possible for Lovings to provide her children with a more consistent lifestyle. “A car will help me to transport my children to necessary places quickly and comfortably.”

Lovings endured an hour long commute to work before receiving her own set of keys. “The most difficult part of not having a car was catching the bus very early in the morning and not getting home to my children until late at night.” Now that Lovings has a car of her own, she will be able to find a higher paying job and commute to the doctor, grocery store and school quickly and without the stress of relying on others.

“This program is a blessing to me and other families.” A car donation from Vehicles...

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A Car Donation Gives Father Freedom to Change His Life

Thursday, January 28, 2016 3:24 PM

Fnu Dawlat, a father of six, has the freedom to accomplish more now that he is the owner of a 2002 Chevrolet Venture. 

Depending on others for transportation was often unreliable for Dawlat. "It was hard for me to get to my job on time each day. Between taking the bus and the metro, it took me two and a half hours to get to my job and three hours to get home." 

Commuting will no longer be stressful now that Dawlat has his own set of keys. "A car has saved me 5 hours of my time each day. Now it only takes me 15 minutes to get to work. I will be able to use the extra time to work longer hours so that I can provide my family with more." 

Dawlat is relieved that he will be able to provide his children with the opportunity to be more involved. "My kids would often ask me to take them to the playground or the museum, but I was not able to do that. My kids were very disappointed. From now on,...

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Achieving Success through Car Ownership

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 3:23 PM

Jerrell Fisher, an employee for Schuster Concrete in Washington, D.C., looks forward to a new and improved future. As a resident of the West Baltimore area, commuting to work was a difficult task for Fisher, the recipient of a 1995 Toyota Camry Coupe.    

Before receiving a donated car through Vehicles for Change, Fisher endured a two hour bus ride to work each day. With a car, his commute is now only 40 minutes.

“The car was clean and pristine when I first received it. Having a car has helped me with small, day-to-day tasks, such as going to the grocery store and spending more time with family.”

Fisher graduated from JumpStart, a construction-training program for Baltimore residents, in February of 2015. Vehicles donated to JumpStart graduates significantly decreases the length of their commute while increasing the stability of their employment.

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Hope Moves Families Forward

Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:50 PM

Margot Kellum, the recipient of a 2004 Honda Civic, has an exciting future ahead of her. She will now be able to enroll her children in after-school activities. A car donation has made it possible for her son to play football and for her daughter to join honors chorus, activities that were previously off-limits due to lack of transportation.

“I will no longer have to walk everywhere with my children in the cold and I will be able to find a higher paying job.”

A car donation from Vehicles for Change has been life changing for Kellum and her family.

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Keys Bring Freedom

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 4:50 PM

Living without personal transportation was a hassle for Frank Dixon, a father of four. Now that he owns a 1999 Mazda Protege, he has the freedom to accomplish his day-to-day tasks as needed.

Being dependent on others for a car was often unreliable for Dixon. Instead of borrowing a family member’s car, he can now drive to work and transport his children with a car of his own. “Now I can pick my son’s up from baseball, football and music class any day of the week.”

Vehicles for Change has been a positive part of Dixon’s life.

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Achieving Independence

Monday, January 4, 2016 3:06 PM

Counting on others can be an unreliable form of transportation when schedules don't align. Stephanie Pratt, a mother of three, no longer needs to depend on friends or family for her daily commute to work as a bus driver and assisted living staff member. With a car, she is now able to achieve more independence.

Vehicles for Change has provided Pratt with the opportunity to improve both her work and family life.

"It's relieving to not have to rely on others in order to make it to my jobs. I'm also looking forward to being able to spend more time with my family."

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A Story of Success

Thursday, December 31, 2015 3:23 PM

As an electrician and father of two, it was difficult for Jonathan Wright to achieve his day-to-day tasks without a car. Now that Vehicles for Change has provided him with a 2003 Honda Accord, he can make it through the day with ease.

Before owning a car, it was difficult for Wright to align his schedule with public transit. “Now that I have a car, daycare and doctor appointments will not consume most of the day and I will be able to accept more job offers.”

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Car Donations Provide Independence

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 4:09 PM

Angela Adkins, a mother of two, is able to get ahead now that she has her own wheels.

A car donation has made it possible for Adkins to spend more time with her son’s and support their hobbies. "I will be able to attend my son’s baseball games in the spring and take them on weekend trips."

Before receiving a car, Adkins endured an hour long bus ride to work each day. "I had to turn down five high paying jobs because the commute was too far. Now that I have a car, I will be able to accept a job that will pay more."

Vehicles for Change has helped Adkins to better support her children, gain access to better job opportunities and achieve economic independence.

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A Positive Change

Monday, December 21, 2015 5:51 PM

With a car of her own, Laquawn Holland, a mother of three, no longer needs to depend on others for transportation. Before receiving her vehicle, she was unable to pick up a higher paying job, work longer hours or make it to her son’s sporting events. A car donation brought a positive change to Holland’s life.

"Now I will be able to work more, drive my son’s to their practices and attend all of their competitions."

Commuting to work and supporting a family is no longer a timely and stressful task. Vehicles for Change has been life changing for Holland.

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Opening Doors of Opportunity

Thursday, December 17, 2015 4:24 PM

Car donations made a difference in the lives of three hardworking mothers. Equilla, Serenity and Mary will no longer need to rely on others for transportation. With a set of keys in their hands, they are now able to provide their families with more.

“The most challenging part of being without a car was not being able to do necessary things for myself,” said Equilla. Now that Equilla has her own 2000 Mercury Sable, her 15 mile commute to work will be stress-free and she will be able to grocery shop with ease.

Before receiving a vehicle, it was difficult for Mary to transport her children to a baby sitter and after school care. “Now that I have a van, I will no longer need to walk everywhere with my four children,” said Mary.

Serenity is thankful for her 2000 Ford Focus because of the goals she can now achieve. “I will be able to continue going to school, advance my career and take my...

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Car Donations Empower Families

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 5:23 PM

Living in a rural area without a car was challenging for Mandy McClanathan. As a Night Auditor for the Sleep Inn and a food prep at McDonald's, McClanathan had little room for rest.

Now that Vehicles for Change has provided her with a car, she will no longer walk 20 minutes to work each day.

"Now I can give my feet a rest, grocery shop, take my son to see his father more and find a better paying job instead of working double shifts with no sleep."

Vehicles for Change has been a positive impact in both McClanathan's work and family life.

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Keys Make a Difference

Monday, December 14, 2015 5:36 PM

Tatiana Pearson, a mother of two, is able to provide her family with more now that she is the owner of a 1998 Ford Explorer.

Her children will now have the opportunity to participate in more activities outside of school, something that was never before possible. “Now that I have a vehicle my girls can get involved in more community events, activities and gymnastics,” said Pearson.

Before having a set of keys, Pearson walked to work, the doctor and the grocery store in all weather conditions. Now she can commute to where she needs to be in a matter of minutes. She will now also have the ability to go back to school.

Vehicles for Change has been a positive impact for both Pearson’s professional and family life.

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A New Outlook

Friday, December 11, 2015 3:35 PM

Malika Jones, a Family Engagement Specialist at Abilities Network in Baltimore, is able to do more for her 3-year-old son, Delonte, now that she has a car of her own. Relying on others for transportation was a challenge for Jones.

“Now I can easily grocery shop, get my son to school and make it to work on time.”

Vehicles for Change has been a positive impact for Jones and her son.

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Driving Forward

Monday, August 3, 2015 2:11 PM

Worrying about distance became a thing of the past for Candice King, a single mother, when she received her Honda Civic from Vehicles for Change.

“My son and I couldn’t do certain things because of distance. I could only go so far and pay so much to use public transportation. By the time I got to my destination, I was so tired because so much time is taken up on buses.” says King.

With her new vehicle, King is excited to “start off doing small things” like going to the laundromat, and going to the grocery store to buy all the food that she needs, rather than only buying what she can carry. She is also excited to spend more time with her six-year-old son, Joshua, and visiting her family more frequently.

“Sometimes it’s not always the matter of having money, but sometimes the means to get places. Vehicles for Change helped me get on my feet and have the luxury that people take advantage...

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Starting ANEW

Thursday, July 30, 2015 3:50 PM

For recent Center for Automotive Careers detail graduate, Tyrone McNair, an array of opportunities approached when Vehicles for Change awarded him a 1999 Saturn LS.

While the 10 minute walk to work wasn’t an issue for McNair, keeping his clients and traveling to their homes to detail cars proved to be a difficulty.

“Once I received my car, I’m now able to expand my client base and provide my detailing service at their homes. Having to come in to my shop for detailing will no longer be an inconvenience for my clients.” said McNair.

Now able to provide a better detailing experience, McNair is making more money.

“It’s like a raise!” he says.

Not only is McNair able to better his career for himself, but he is able to create a more comfortable living for his girlfriend and three children. McNair is now able to take his kids out to do fun activited and hopes to get them more involved in...

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STAYING POSITIVE

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 4:27 PM

Before receiving a 2001 Ford Windstar from Vehicles for Change, Jessica Harlan’s ideal 10 minute drive to work was a two-hour job in itself.

“I would have to leave my house two hours before my shift to make it to daycare to drop my youngest boy off, then I had to walk about two miles to work from the daycare.”

After her shift ended, Harlan would have to walk back to the daycare most of the time carrying what groceries she could since she didn’t have access to a vehicle to go to the grocery store.

Now having access to a van that accommodates her family perfectly, not only is she able to shorten her two-hour commute to work to 10 minutes, Harlan was able to seek out a new job that would create a stable living for her and her three children that is only five-minutes from her home. Now, Harlan works with Occupational Enterprises Inc. as the Vehicles for Change agent in Southwest Virginia....

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Keeping the Faith

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 4:27 PM

Before receiving a 2001 Ford Windstar from Vehicles for Change, Jessica Harlan’s ideal 10-minute drive to work was a two-hour job in itself.

“I would have to leave my house two hours before my shift to make it to daycare to drop my youngest boy off, then I had to walk about two miles to work from the daycare.”

After her shift ended, Harlan would have to walk back to the daycare most of the time carrying what groceries she could since she didn’t have access to a vehicle to go to the grocery store.

Now having access to a van that accommodates her family perfectly, not only is she able to shorten her two-hour commute to work to 10-minutes, Harlan was able to seek out a new job that would create a stable living for her and her three children that is only five-minutes from her home. Now, Harlan works with Occupational Enterprises Inc. as the Vehicles for Change agent in Southwest Virginia....

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A NEW start

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 4:20 PM

The summer just cooled down for Lashanda Hussey, a single mother of three, who received a 2002 Ford Explorer from Vehicles for Change. With a set of keys in her hand, Hussey no longer has to endure a two-hour commute to and from work each day and is able to spend more time with her children.

“My job is only a 12 minute drive away, but I had to take three different buses to get to work and home, which took about two hours, sometimes longer.” said Hussey.

Now having access to a vehicle, Hussey will no longer have to pay a late fee to her daughter’s daycare, leaving extra money in her pocket to take her children to do fun activities that they all enjoy, such as going to the eldest child’s, Davonte, football games, Chuck-E-Cheese and to the park.

“Vehicles for Change changes lives, it definitely did that for me. It made my life easier. Receiving this car is the candle on the top of my...

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A Journey Worthwhile

Friday, April 17, 2015 1:55 PM

Donald Spadavecchia made a very special trip to Vehicles for Change. However, this trip wasn’t just your average ride around the corner.  Mr. Spadavecchia traveled over 4,000 miles from Hawaii to pick up his 2004 Chevy Astro Van.    

“I did a google search for this particular type of vehicles that I wanted and it came up on cars.com, “Spadavecchia said. “From there I made the calls and contacted Kim.” Why did he travel so far for this type of car? Good question. Spadavecchia needed a specific vehicle that suited his business needs. The van had low mileage, looked exceptionally clean and well taken care of which prompted Spadaveccchia to take the trip.

“I feel great that my purchase is going towards and helping this organization,” said Spadavecchia. “The people here are professional and courteous and it helped my confidence in the product I was purchasing due to the way I was treated.”

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A New Car, A New Opportunity

Thursday, February 5, 2015 9:41 PM

The holidays came early for David Hawk, who received a 1998 Nissan Altima from Vehicles for Change on December 4th. Now that he owns a vehicle, David no longer has to ride his bike eight miles in the cold to get to work and back each day.

The car will also bring a well of opportunities for the ex-offender.“Vehicles for Change is excellent for someone who is trying to put his life back together and turn it around,” said David.

He looks forward to taking on more work hours, going to school, and implementing personal change by making it to more recovery group meetings. 

David is able to set bigger goals, and car ownership will help him reach them. He will take another giant step as early as Monday, when he begins a new job in Washington, D.C.

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Car Donation Helps Families and Creates Memories

Thursday, February 5, 2015 4:07 PM

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Shawntice Thomas used to get her three children up early every morning in order to get to the bus stop and then on to day care.

Afterwards, Shawntice needed to wait for another bus and risk being 30 minutes late to work if transfers didn't work out just right. 

Public transit routes with buses that arrived every half-hour forced Shawntice to make a lot of hard choices.

To avoid being late to work in the mornings – or 45 minutes late to pick up her seven-year-old daughter, Aniya, in the evenings – Shawntice began paying $130 each week to a neighbor in exchange for a ride.

That worked until a new work schedule made it impossible for the helpful neighbor to continue with the arrangement.

Thanks to a donor, though, Shawntice gratefully received a 2007 Ford Focus from V. She is now able to get to work on time every day.

Not only that, but she is now able to go on more local family...

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A Car and a Job From Vehicles for Change

Monday, November 3, 2014 6:40 PM

Vehicles for Change has a life-altering impact on the futures of families. Stephany Willis was traveling over six hours a day just to make it to work and support her young son, Ja-Leal.

She came to VFC with her family on September 24th to accept a 1998 Honda Civic LX. Her boyfriend, Paul Hunt, just happened to ask about what other opportunities were available through VFC and learned about our Center for Automotive Career detailing program.

The couple can now expound on their potential and have become self-sufficient. Hunt has encouraged his mother and father to enroll in our trainee program as well, in hopes of opening an auto detailing business with his family.

Paul graduated from the CAC on Monday, October 13th with Stephany and his son there to support him. “This program helped me and my family to build a foundation,” says Stephany.

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How This Mom Finally Got a Car for Her Family

Monday, November 3, 2014 6:29 PM

Robin Reeves believes it is important to keep all of her children active. “I have to find something positive to keep them captivated and out of trouble.”

This is quite a feat for Robin, who has ten children, including 14-year-old football player Christian, 16-year-old Tenyia and 11-year-old Daiquoia, both of whom are liturgical dancers.

Practice, rehearsals, games and performances are often held in Baltimore City, which is quite a trek from Robin’s home in Montgomery County, where the nearest bus stop is over a mile away from their home. It takes Robin at least two and a half hours to travel 40 miles from Montgomery County to Baltimore.

Not having a car has impacted Robin’s family in many ways – her son Rico has frequent hospital visits due to sickle cell anemia. Robin often had trouble bringing him to the hospital or visiting him there. 

Now, with the 1999 Mercury Sable she received...

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How Maritha Helped Robin Get a Car

Friday, October 17, 2014 1:31 PM

maritha-Gay-Headshot.jpgMaritha Gay was extremely excited to know that her car donation went to a family in-need. After all, the Mercury Sable had been sitting in her driveway for a significant period of time and her heart’s desire was to be able to help someone else by making the donation. It just makes sense that Gay would want to help people— it’s somewhat of an occupational hazard, especially when your field is healthcare.

As Executive Director of Community Benefits at Kaiser Permanente in Rockville, Maryland, Gay’s job deals directly with the community in order to improve the overall health of disadvantaged people. Gay sees firsthand how people living on fixed budgets, without transportation, are not able to get to the doctor’s office or to make it to their follow-up appointments.  It’s a heartbreaking scenario that she witnesses constantly.

Being familiar with VFC’s mission through Kaiser Permanente’s...

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Stacy Got a Car and You Can Too!

Friday, October 10, 2014 3:50 PM

Stacy Booth patiently reviewed every sheet of paperwork while finishing the process of taking the next step to better her future.

Stacy works six days a week and lives less than five miles from her job, but it was costing her almost $200 a week for transportation. “Just to find people to get you to where you need to go was getting expensive.” There isn’t much public transportation coverage in her neighborhood.

After being introduced to Vehicles for Change in August, Stacy, the mother of two and grandmother of an 18 month old, was awarded a 2004 Ford Focus. She stated, “Vehicles for Change is seriously trying to help.” She expressed that having a car would alleviate some of the struggles of handling and traveling to all of her family’s activities along with her granddaughter.

Stacy and her granddaughter will be able to travel in safety and comfort in the oncoming winter months.

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How Angela Got a Car and Helped Her Family

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:03 PM

Problem after problem plagued her, but Vehicles for Change provided the light at the end of the tunnel for Angela Henson and her family.

After losing her job of six years in March 2013, Henson was forced to file for unemployment. However, unemployment was not enough for Henson to provide for herself and her two daughters. She walked out one morning to find that her car had been repossessed.

Henson found employment after nine months, but struggled to find proper transportation. She paid $6 each day to use a local taxi service. The service was late several times increasing the potential for Henson to lose her job.

Henson’s problems didn’t end once she found employment. Several weeks into working at her new job, Henson was found unconscious by a coworker. Due to a lack of oxygen to her brain, she passed out.

After having surgery due to complications, Henson's feet swelled and she was...

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Antoinette Got a Car and Made Her Daughter Happy

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:59 PM

Antoinette Farmer's morning commute to work normally consists of six buses and a ride on the light rail. After walking a mile to the bus stop each morning with her three-year-old daughter, Farmer would board the bus for four hours each morning.

She remembers hearing the cries of her daughter, age 4, each morning on their way to the bus stop. Her daughter pleaded, "Mommy when can we get a car? Mommy why don't we have a car?"

After becoming homeless, Farmer recalls fighting for her and her daughter's survival. She was forced to move in with her father, making their commute to work and school even longer.

"VFC has already changed my life," she said. Farmer received a 2004 Chevrolet Impala with 107,804 miles on September 26, 2014.

With a car, Farmer will be able to work multiple jobs and re-enroll into school. She is pursuing her degree in massage therapy.

Farmer is most excited about the...

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CAC Trainees Graduate and Gain Self-Confidence

Friday, September 5, 2014 2:27 PM

Tyrond Manning, Chad Zemanski, Mark Countee, and Delvin Pringle will be graduating from VFC’s Center for Automotive Careers (CAC) program Monday, Sept. 8th.

CAC offers to train unemployed and underemployed individuals automotive services, concentrating on detailing. After two weeks of learning all about detailing cars and training on cars that will be sold or awarded, these men are ready to dedicate themselves to a job.

Most of them have car experience but as Mark expressed, “You learn new concepts, a new way to do things.” They all hope to get a job with a car dealership.

Delvin hopes to own his own detailing business in the future, once he has attained more experience. Mark, a chef, plans on continuing working with cars based off what he has learned from this program. He said he enjoys this work. “I’ve always liked hospitality,” he said.

Chad, Vehicles for Change’s first trainee to...

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A Vehicle for a Special Veteran

Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:57 PM

This Fourth of July holiday will be like no other for Alton Byrd and his family: the Army veteran was awarded his 1995 Honda Civic from Vehicles for Change on Thursday, July 3, and his daughter danced around VFC’s garage with joy as her dad received the keys. Alton and his daughter arrived at the bus stop at 7:30 a.m. the morning of his orientation class, scheduled for 11 a.m. What should have been a 20 minute drive to VFC’s office was more than a three-hour trip by bus, a reflection of how much longer errands take by public transit. Needless to say, he was ecstatic to be receiving a car from Vehicles for Change.

Alton discovered the Vehicles for Change program through an acquaintance that had previously gone through the program with Gaudenzia Treatment Facility. As an Army veteran, he went through the program with Veteran’s Affairs, and about 6 weeks after applying he is leaving with...

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A VFC Recipient Counts Her Blessings

Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:00 AM

Before being awarded a car from Vehicles for Change, Tammie Smith’s typical day included waking up early and preparing herself for a three-mile walk to work. Tammie has since learned that she has arthritis in her hip and will need hip surgery, but with a car, that’s a condition that is much more manageable. With a 1996 Toyota Tercel, Smith is able to make it to her doctor’s appointments with ease.

So far, Smith has loved her VFC experience: “They are ready to help as long as somebody is willing to help themselves.”

Speaking with Smith, you get the impression that she is a spiritual woman. It is very important to her that her car is a blessing to others as well as herself. She vividly recalls how it felt not to have access to transportation and wants to assist those in her community who are in the same predicament.

Smith’s car has had an unexpected impact on her family - she jokes that...

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"Thanks for Making A Difference"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM


"I am a single mother of 3 that was trying to do everything alone without transportation. Because of your kindness and generosity, I don't have to struggle as much.This is a huge, huge help to me and my kids. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate this.

Thanks for making a difference,"

LaFaythia W.

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How Tamika Got a Car of Her Own

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:05 PM

Tamika Singh, a single mother with two children, received a 2002 Dodge Intrepid from VFC a few weeks ago. We asked Tamika to share with us her story:

I'm  with a housing program called MBQ. That's how I learned about VFC. I'am so thankful for MBQ and VFC's help with my new car because life without a car is so hard.

 I live in Cockeysville and work in Baltimore City. I have to take the bus to the light rail then get off and take another bus. Sometimes my first bus doesn't even come or its late. I have to take a cab just to get to the light rail. When I get off from work at 11 pm sometimes I am on the light rail by myself. I've had a few bad experiences on the light rail. It makes me so nervous to even catch it, but I have no other choice.

To go grocery shopping I have to take the bus or walk, then take a cab home. On the days when I didn't have extra money for a cab, I'll take the bus or ...

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WMZQ Fall Fest Car Giveaway

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 8:00 AM

After a month-long contest, Vehicles for Change awarded a 2003 Chevy Impala to a Virginia family at WMZQ’s Fall Fest on Saturday, September 8th.

Throughout the month of August, WMZQ listeners nominated families that they knew were in great need of a vehicle. WMZQ and VFC staff then reviewed the nominees and narrowed the list down to two finalists. After a week of public voting, Chantilly resident Christina Darr was named the winner.

Darr, a single mother of two young boys, had been temporarily borrowing her mother’s car to travel to her job as a security officer. A week before Fall Fest, Darr was offered a new job working security at George Mason University – but the position was contingent on Darr having her own vehicle.

Darr also greatly needed her own vehicle to care for her children – her seven-year-old son is autistic and attends a special school in Fairfax County. Without a...

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The Pierson Family: Proud to be Gators

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 5:50 PM

Within the first few minutes of speaking with Kelli Pierson you learn two things about her: First, family is one of the most important things in her life. Second, she treasures her three children’s accomplishments just as much as her own.

When we speak, it’s difficult to hear Kelli’s voice against the background noise coming through the phone. She’s with her two sons at a football camp – one of the many luxuries that are only available to Pierson and her family because they now own a car.

“They are so happy to be ‘Gators’," said Pierson, a Baltimore City resident, “When we didn’t have a car, I had no way to take them to things like this.”

“Things like this” includes taking her 15-year-old daughter to swimming practice. Her daughter recently earned 2nd place at state regionals for swimming, in both the breast stroke and butterfly, and just became a certified lifeguard.  It also includes...

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"You Each Have My Undying Gratitude"

Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:50 PM

“I want to thank everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for making it possible for me to acquire the Buick Le Sabre.  From the person who donated a car in Maryland, to the people at Vehicles For Change who made it possible, you each have my undying gratitude.

Circumstances recently required that I change jobs.  An abusive situation at home forced my eight-year old son and me to suddenly have to move into a friend’s basement.  I had been working part-time for the past five years at the Washington Hospital Center, but I had to seek full-time employment immediately.  Unfortunately, this took four months and put me in a serious financial bind.  Happily, I have now found a full-time position at the same hospital where I had already been employed.  However, I have to be at work at 5:30 am, and public transportation simply does not run early enough from where I am living to be able to get...

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