Here are some highlights from Week 1 of our #31Campaign. We have placed 7 cars and have 24 more to go. Read the inspirational stories of our recipients. Congratulations to all of them!
Day 1: Eveline is the proud new owner of a Toyota Corolla!! She is a silver chip graduate of Healing Transitions and is currently receiving support services from Passage Home through one of their housing programs. Eveline works full-time at a smoothie shop and relied on the bus system to get to and from work. For years Eveline has had to walk 1 mile to the closest bus stop and then catch 3 different buses just to get to work. If she couldn't get a ride from a friend, she would have to repeat that same journey back home. What this car means to Eveline: "A chance to keep improving my life, less strain on my body, and not having to depend on the bus for transportation." We are so happy for you Eveline!
Day 2: LaJuan was pretty in pink for her car blessing ceremony! There was laughter and tears of joy, even before we made it outside to the car. LaJuan was presented with the keys to her "new" Toyota Camry at our garage surrounded by Wheels4Hope staff and volunteers, her caseworker from Urban Ministries, her close friends and church family, and the donor of the vehicle. We aren't sure when LaJuan sleeps because she has THREE jobs!! LaJuan works night shift at the airport, at a dining hall on NCSU campus, and she cooks at a country club. LaJuan has managed to make it around to all her jobs on the bus or with assistance from friends. What a true inspiration and example of how hard work and perseverance can pay off! Congratulations LaJuan!
Day 3: Verlisha is a mom to three young boys and is currently living at the Raleigh Rescue Mission. She has been working full-time in Durham and spending hours on the bus getting back and forth. With the limited bus schedules, Verlisha was unable to get any overtime at work. Now with her Plymouth Voyager she can pick up more hours and continue working towards her next goal - permanent housing! In her words: "Such an amazing ministry! It's easier to get to work. My boys can participate in extra-curricular activities. We can grocery shop for the month without worrying about the bus ride. I'm so thankful for this wonderful, wonderful opportunity."
Day 4: Juana had never owned a vehicle before purchasing her Acura Integra from our program. She completed the Journey Program at Urban Ministries of Durham and now has her own apartment. Juana works full-time as a bilingual receptionist and was relying on others for rides to and from work. She plans to use her car to work towards her goal of becoming a real estate agent. Juana, we hope this vehicle serves you well!
Day 5: Shakori and her 4 year old son moved to NC to start fresh after a traumatic experience. With the support of wonderful agencies like Interact and Passage Home she has been able to find stable housing and a steady, full-time job. The next step in Shakori's journey to self-sufficiency was getting a vehicle to maintain her job and care for her son. That's where Wheels4Hope comes into play! We were able to take a Chrysler PT Cruiser that was donated to our organization, repair it, and place it with Shakori! Thank you to all the many hands that made this possible!
Day 6: Maurice, a USMC veteran, moved to Raleigh for job opportunities. He stayed in a shelter for a while until Passage Home was able to help him secure housing. Maurice now works two jobs and was spending several hours a day on the bus. With his Buick Regal, Maurice will be able to maintain his employment and continue achieving the goals he has set for himself! This car is the first vehicle that Maurice has ever purchased! Congratulations.
Day 7: Tristan was all smiles as he received the keys to his Chevy Prizm, the first car he has owned in over 2 years! Tristan works 3rd shift and has a 5 yr old son. He needed a vehicle to maintain his job - the buses do not run 24 hrs/day so he struggled getting to work. Tristan has been receiving support services from Passage Home so that he can get back on his feet and achieve his goals. A vehicle will also allow Tristan to visit his son more often!