Unlike 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...Continue Reading
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....Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
Ashley 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....Continue Reading
Jewel is a mother of four children aged twenty, seventeen, ten and seven-years-old. She relies heavily on her mother to drive her, in order to get from place-to-place. Her mother is in need of hip replacement surgery but has decided to put it on the back burner until Jewel and her children are standing on their own two feet. With four kids to take care of, Jewel often times finds herself struggling to juggle everyday tasks, such as taking her youngest to school, traveling to the grocery store and laundry mat, or helping her eldest to get to work on time.
With this car award, Jewel cannot only drive herself to work but can also help her children get to school and work. Thus, giving her mother the time and space she needs to focus on her health. She explains, “This opened the doors for me to be a better mom to my kids.” Jewel also feels prideful that this is the first car that is in her ...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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 ...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading
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...Continue Reading