Charity puts downtrodden on road to success
Posted May 13, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Getting behind the wheel of a car is something that most people take for granted, but many low-income families can't afford a car.
Wheels 4 Hope on Monday presented 18 people who have been through hard times with refurbished used cars. Wells Fargo committed $5,000 to help the nonprofit repair the donated cars.
"I love it. That's my baby," D'Angela Monk said as she grabbed the keys to her minivan.
"It's the next chapter. I can go a little bit further in getting myself completely back together for me and my kids," she said.
A mother of five, Monk was homeless for more than a year.
"When you depend on other people for rides, you might be late to work. You might lose your job," she said. "That can put you back to where you started."
Wheels 4 Hope requires each recipient to put $500 toward his or her vehicle.
"Those who started Wheels 4 Hope believe in the capacity of all people to pick up their own lives, be responsible for them and be part of a healthy community," executive director John Bush said.