Charity puts downtrodden on road to success

Posted May 13, 2013

— 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.

Wheels 4 Hope Nonprofit gives donated cars to people

"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.


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  • pipcolt May 15, 2013

    How about getting company's to sign on with this program and have a job offer to go along with each vehicle. This would really help out people starting over.

  • godnessgracious2 May 14, 2013

    That's great, people don't realize how hard it is to start your life nowadays if mommy and daddy can't get you through college or buy you a car to get to a job.

  • rocket May 14, 2013

    Just goes to show that charity doesn't have to come from money confiscated by the government. Hopefully those receiving vehicles will take advantage of the opportunity.

  • whatelseisnew May 13, 2013

    Only downside to this is the recipients now have to find gas, insurance and property tax money, but having a vehicle makes a huge difference for anyone that does not have one. Good luck to them.