On Sunday, October 16th
, Wheels4Hope Triangle presented Shikara with keys to her own vehicle at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
in Cary, NC. Shikara drove off as the proud owner of a 1999 Toyota Sienna donated to Wheels4Hope by a family from Cary, NC.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is one of over two dozen Triangle congregations who partner with Wheels4Hope to provide needed transportation. Congregations, like St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, support the mission with vehicle donations, financial support, and volunteers.
Shikara and 4 children (6, 8, 13, & 16 years old) have been without transportation since the beginning of 2016 when her car caught on fire. They live in North Raleigh, and there is not a bus line. After losing her job and needing a place to stay with her children, Shikara has been receiving support services from Catholic Charities Support Circle
Program for the last five months.
Shikara is currently employed as a Customer Service Advocate and has been relying on members of her Support Circle for rides. Agencies like Catholic Charities work with their clients on goals of self-sufficiency before referring them to the Wheels4Hope program.
“Wheels4Hope is a blessing to me. Sometimes I know that my family can be a burden on people's schedule or an inconvenience. I can't thank you enough. May God bless this organization and its hands and feet putting in the work, time, effort and dedication putting other people's needs first. To God be the glory, " said Shikara.