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 that even simply traveling to the grocery store was a huge ordeal that had to be planned out carefully.
Now that Helen has been awarded a low-cost vehicle through our Car Award program, she no longer has to worry about taking time off from work during the week to handle any issues that may have come with renting a car. Instead, she looks forward to attending her daughter’s school events and sports games. Additionally, Helen plans on returning to school to take Business Administration and Finance classes to increase her employment options. “Really, I can’t speak” she explained to VFC the day she picked up her vehicle. “I’ve been praying for this car for so long. Struggling for this car for so long. I don’t know if this was easy for [my car donor] or if they struggled to do this, but they chose to donate this car to help those in need. I can’t express my gratitude. I’m just extremely, extremely grateful.”