Vehicles for Change recently awarded 10 vehicles to eligible recipients during ceremonies at its Detroit headquarters.
Greg Packer, CEO of AccessPoint and Advisory Board Chair of Vehicles for Change, and Jim Mack, Vice President of AccessPoint, participated in the car awards ceremony. One of the vehicles awarded, a 1998 Mercury Mystique, belonged to Mack’s late mother.
“I’m delighted that our family can contribute to another family’s climb toward greater personal and financial independence,” said Mack.
Five people who received cars also got $100 Shell gas cards, courtesy of AccessPoint. The gas cards will become part of all future Vehicles for Change car awards in Detroit. “We know that reliable transportation is one of keys to consistent employment,” said Packer. “The gas cards help the car owners get off to a good start.”
“Through this program, I am now able to drive to work every day,” said Detroiter Gancy Littles, Vehicles for Change’s most recent car recipient. “I know it will open up doors and opportunities for me. I recommend the program to anyone.”
“We are happy for Glancy and the other car recipients,” said Teresa McFadden, Director of Operations for Vehicles for Change Detroit. “We also want to thank AccessPoint’s Greg Packer and Jim Mack for their generous support of Vehicles for Change.”
The vehicles were the last of 28 car awards made available through a grant from Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency (Wayne Metro). A new grant from Wayne Metro will soon be designated for additional car awards by Vehicles for Change. Wayne Metro has been providing services to low and moderate income individuals and families since 1971.
Vehicles for Change took its first step toward national expansion by opening up its second location in Detroit, Michigan in the summer of 2015. Founded in the Baltimore, Maryland area by Martin Schwartz, Vehicles for Change sells low-cost vehicles to qualified applicants, helping them achieve much-needed transportation. The program guarantees low-interest car loans, under $1,000, helping recipients build credit while achieving pride of ownership. In addition, the vehicles are repaired as needed before being sold and carry a six-month/6,000-mile warranty.
More about Vehicles for Change
Baltimore-based nonprofit Vehicles for Change Inc. (VFC) empowers families with financial challenges to achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership and technical training. Since 1999, Vehicle for Change has awarded 5,140 cars to low-income families, changing the lives of more than 15,000 people. Our 2011 study found that 75 percent of Vehicle for Change recipients achieved better jobs and/or boosted their earnings an average of $7,000 within the first year. For additional information, please visit www.vehiclesforchange.org