Fhalleane | Baltimore City
Fhalleane is a single mother of four children aged sixteen, fourteen, ten and nine. She is also the grandmother to her one-week-old grandchild. Originally from South Carolina, Fhalleane currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. When not spending time with her children, Fhalleane works nights in the nursing industry. Fhalleane has worked in healthcare for eight months now, and hopes to continue forward in the medical field. As Fhalleane explained, she would love to enroll in courses to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic. However, achieving this goal without a vehicle to help her get back and forth to training is a challenge. Fhalleane had to rely heavily on car services like Uber and Lyft, which came at a high cost. These expenses were so high that Fhalleane would sometimes make three transfers on her way to work. Fhalleane took buses as close as she could get to her destination, and then travelled the rest of the way with Uber in order to save on cost.
In Fhalleane’s words, “it's just hard to get to the places you need to be in a timely manner.” Buses did not travel all the way to her children’s schools, causing Fhalleane and her children to walk long distances to reach their destination.
With her newly awarded 2008 Dodge Caravan from Vehicles for Change, Fhalleane’s daily commute will now take an average of twenty-five minutes, and she will no longer have to pay for services like Uber and Lyft. Fhalleane clearly has a passion for healthcare and helping her patients. While Fhalleane plans on using her VFC car to help advance her career in healthcare, she will also be using it to advance the health of her own family. As Fhalleane explained, her oldest daughter was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and chronic depression. Her second daughter was also diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, emotional disabilities, schizophrenia, and is on the autism spectrum. As Fhalleane explained, she is excited to use her new car to help her daughters get to their doctor’s appointments.
Fhalleane also discussed the health of her sons and how her new VFC car will help them. Fhalleane’s ten year old son suffers from carbon monoxide poisoning. Fhalleane’s youngest son is also visually impaired. He participates in programs with the Maryland School for the Blind and Lions Club International. Without a vehicle, it was difficult to get her son to these programs. Fhalleane often relied on one of her son’s teachers to drive him to the programs. Now, with her VFC car, Fhalleane is looking forward to taking her son to school on her own!
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