Future Role Model

Monday, May 22, 2017 7:14 PM

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

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

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

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VFC Teams Up with Mervo

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 5:49 PM

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

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

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Turning Life Around

Monday, April 17, 2017 6:23 PM

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

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

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

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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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