Day 15: Kionia is the new owner of a Kia Optima through our vehicle program! She is a graduate of Nurse Family Partnership of Wake County, a partner agency of Wheels4Hope that assists first-time moms. Kionia has a 2 year old son named Chase and works full-time. She needed this vehicle to get back and forth to work and to take Chase to school and appointments. Kionia has overcome many obstacles to make it to this point in her life and we are happy to celebrate with her as she purchases her first car! Way to go Kionia!
Day 16: Syretta was referred to us through The Carying Place, one of our first partner agencies in the community. She has a 7yr old and 9 yr old and works full-time at a Senior Living Facility. For the last year Syretta has been struggling to get to work and get her kids to school without her own transportation. She was the recipient of a beautiful Honda Odyssey and said "Receiving a vehicle means I can look for a better job with more money and be able to attend my children's school functions. I can be on time for work or stay over for overtime. It would mean self-sufficiency for me. I can go to school without any transportation difficulties."
Day 17: Anthony is a recent graduate of the Real World Program at StepUp Ministry. He is currently attending school at Wake Tech and working two part-time jobs! Anthony has never owned a vehicle before and says "It means that I'm taking my first steps to freedom and independence." After he graduates, Anthony hopes to become a firefighter. Congratulations on purchasing your Chevy Malibu Anthony!!
Day 18: Eddie said he was "in love" with his Buick Lesabre!! This is the first car he has owned since 2008. Eddie works full-time at a furniture store and has been relying on the bus to get back and forth. He was referred to us through Housing for New Hope's Assertive Engagement Program. When asked what this vehicle means to him, Eddie said: "Freedom! It means coming and going as I please and no longer having an hour and a half travel on the bus to work a 10 hour shift."
Day 19: Arnetia, a mom of 3 young children, is now the proud owner of a Honda Odyssey from Wheels4Hope. She was moved to tears at her car blessing ceremony as she was presented with the keys to her first vehicle! Arnetia has struggled with getting to and from work and getting her kids to school and doctor's appointments. It was wonderful to celebrate this achievement with her!
Day 20: Jason was excited to receive the keys to his Honda Accord. He moved to NC a few months ago and has had to completely start over. Jason quickly moved out of a shelter and into housing after securing full-time employment. Jason was referred from Community Success Initiative and relied on public transportation to get to work. He spent about 3.5 hours/day on the bus getting to and from work. Jason is a US Army National Guard veteran and we are honored to have been able to assist him with transportation.
Day 21: Jack was full of energy and excitement at his car blessing ceremony. He was so grateful to have access to transportation again after two long years of relying on the bus and other people for rides. Jack works full-time at a restaurant and was referred to us through Community Success Initiative. He is looking forward to being able to visit family for the holidays. He hasn't been able to go home in 4 years. Congratulations on your Toyota Corolla Jack!!