On February 1, 2015, representatives of Wheels4Hope Greensboro and Partnership Village gathered with members of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC to celebrate a Car Blessing for the Brogan family: Brian, his wife Sally, daughter Daytona and son William. Congregational United Church of Christ donated $500 from their “Change for Change” fund to offset repair costs for the vehicle.
Brian was referred to Wheels4Hope by Partnership Village of Greensboro Urban Ministry
In 2014, the Brogans moved to North Carolina from Indiana after a flood destroyed their home and personal belongings. Brian found work in North Carolina just five minutes from where his family was living at Partnership Village. However, another opportunity became available within his company for more pay, and he was transferred to a different location across town. To get to his new job Brian had to take the bus and transfer onto another bus at the Depot in downtown Greensboro since there was not a direct bus route. His commute took three hours – an hour and a half each way. By car, this same commute is roughly 15 minutes.
On one occasion, his son William, fell ill at school, Brian had no choice but to leave work and take a cab to get him from school. That cab ride cost him $30.
Rev. Julie Peeples concluded the service at Congregational UCC with the Car Blessing during which Brian accepted the keys to a 1997 black Honda CRV on behalf of his family. When asked where he would drive to first, Brian said, “A ride to Pilot Mountain sounds nice. We don’t want to go anywhere near water though!”
The Brogan family was joined by Wheels4Hope’s Tawanna Jones and Deborah Bryant along with volunteer Fay Stanley, and Partnership Village representative Tonya Morehead.
“Getting a Wheels4hope car will give me the opportunity to spend more time with my family. I won’t have to ride the bus for nearly three hours a day. This car will allow the entire family to be more involved, enriched and safe,” said Brian.