Blog : 2019


Lorelle C. - Howard County

Friday, May 10, 2019 1:47 PM

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Lorelle C. is a hard-working mother of two daughters, Dylan and Khayla, aged 7 and 21. Originally raised in West Baltimore, Lorelle now resides in Columbia, Maryland. Even though Lorelle lives in Howard County, she works in the city at the Baltimore City Health Department. Without a car, this meant that Lorelle’s commute could last up to two hours. Additionally, other stops on her route included dropping off her daughter to daycare in the morning and picking her back up in the afternoon. Lorelle relied on taking the bus and occasionally catching a ride from friends or family, even to the grocery store. Lorelle stated that she also struggled with not receiving invites to events and family gatherings due to her need for car rides. 

After receiving her 2003 Subaru Forester through our Car Award program, Lorelle stated that owning a car will grant her newfound independence. Lorelle...

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Lacey | Pasadena, MD

Monday, April 1, 2019 2:18 PM

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Lacey is a hard-working single mother of three children aged 11, 9, and 8 years old. She currently lives with her beautiful family in Pasadena, Maryland. Without a car of her own, Lacey has to rely on friends and family to drive to her job at Holts Construction. If she is unable to find a ride, then she must commute by bus, doubling the time it takes to get to work. Lacey found it difficult always having to be dependent on others’ schedules. But, more importantly, she struggled to spend quality time with her children such as simple outings, like the park or the local mall. Not having a car impeded her ability to schedule routine doctor’s appointments for herself and her family.

Now that she has her car award from VFC, a 2008 yellow Hyundai Accent, Lacey no longer has to worry about depending on others to help her get to work on time! Lacey is looking forward to having more job...

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A Real Life-Changer

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 2:01 PM

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Angela is a native New Yorker who has recently moved to East Baltimore with her two-year-old son and her four-year-old daughter. Without a car of her own, Angela had to rely solely on Baltimore’s public transportation, often having to take two or more buses to get to work each day. She always worried about them arriving on time, if they ever arrived at all. Her entire commute took at least an hour, whereas it would take only 15 minutes by car. Every day, Angela had to walk her daughter to her school’s bus stop, then walk with her son for a mile just to take him to school.

Now, after receiving her low-cost car from Vehicles for Change, Angela can finally devote her time equally to both her children and her job. Additionally, having a vehicle of her own allows her to search for better employment opportunities further away from her home. She also plans on taking a family trip to the beach ...

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Extremely Grateful

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 2:31 PM

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Originally born in East Africa, Helen moved to the DMV area at a young age where she now raises her 12-year-old daughter. Life as a single working parent is no easy path to travel, especially when there is no affordable source of reliable transportation. Without a vehicle of her own, traveling to her job at the Department of Social Services in Prince George’s County was always a challenge. In order to get to work on time, Helen had to spend an average of $200 a week renting a car. Between the time it took to reserve the car to taking time off from work in order to return it, Helen found herself stretched thin as she tried to balance a healthy home and work life. She explained, “If there was ever an emergency with my daughter, I had to ask friends to get her from school. As a parent, you want to provide a sense of security, which causes me a lot of stress and anxiety.” She confessed...

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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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The Road to Responsibility

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 3:42 PM

Sean - 2019 (1).pngBorn and raised in Baltimore, Sean currently works for the Baltimore County Public School System. His daily commute consists of two separate bus rides that can take up to an hour each way – something that is often troublesome for Sean, especially when trying to get his five-year-old son to school on time.

Without his own vehicle, Sean has found it challenging to successfully manage his responsibilities as a father. Sean wants to ensure his son gets to school and doctor’s visits on time while making sure he stays on time himself.

Now that Sean has the keys to his new Mazda, he feels like a new man. He feels as though he has more control over his life again. Sean can now take care of his responsibilities the way he would like to while helping eliminate some of the burden off of his son’s mother. Sean cannot wait to see what he can achieve with his new wheels. Sean would like to thank VFC...

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