A few years ago, if you had asked Donna Robbins what her future looked like, she might not have been able to give a hopeful answer. Homeless and without a job, Donna found herself in a tight spot after splitting from her husband. Determined to get back on her feet, she found support in a local agency that provided transitional housing, helped her apply for a driver’s license and allowed her to save money for a home and vehicle.
A few weeks ago, Donna purchased a 1994 Toyota Camry from Vehicles for Change – and despite just recently receiving her car, the vehicle has already made a huge impact on her life.
Previously, Donna was depending on rides from friends and family to get to her job at the deli in BJ’s Warehouse. Although relying on rides was a better option than walking a few miles or paying for a cab, they impacted Donna’s availability at work.
With a car, Donna can work more hours and be flexible in her schedule. In the few weeks since she’s obtained a car, Donna has already received a promotion and a raise.
“Vehicles for Change has been life-changing for me,” Donna said.
Donna hopes to save enough money to be able to purchase her next car independently – and plans on one day donating her Toyota Camry back to VFC.
The vehicle will also make it easier for Donna’s daughter Jada to participate in activities she loves, such as volunteering. Although she’s only nine years old, Jada loves to give back to the community, a trait that she’s clearly inherited from her mom: For the past few weeks, Donna has been using her “new” car to give a neighbor a ride to work. She knows first-hand how important reliable transportation is to keeping a job.
“People need to know about programs like this,” Donna said, “There are lots of programs out there that can help people who are willing to help themselves.”