Imagine walking a mile at 5:30 in the morning. Now imagine making this voyage five days a week with two young girls, a 3 year old and an 8 year old. For many, this is unimaginable. However, for Rebecca Hocking, a resident of Salisbury, MD, this was reality. Every day she made this voyage to the bus stop in order to take her daughters to school. When Hocking lost her car, she relied on public transportation and her family to help transport herself and her girls.“It was a burden on everyone, especially for a 3 year old. And you just feel guilty, you know?” stated Hocking.Fortunately, Hocking no longer has a reason to feel guilty. She was rewarded a 2003 Toyota Avalon in January 2014 by Vehicles for Change. Rebecca’s life has been completely transformed.“If not for VFC I can honestly say I don’t know where I’d be” stated Hocking.
Instead of walking a mile to the bus in the morning, her morning commute has been shortened to 15 minutes. Her daughters have also been able to rejoin an afterschool program, which they had to stop once their family lost their car.
Hocking’s biggest reward from her new car was a brand new job offer: She has recently accepted a job as a Job Counselor for the Wicomico County Department of Social Services thanks to her new car.
Hocking is not bashful about her appreciation for Vehicles for Change. “This has truly been a life changing experience. VFC is definitely changing lives for the better! I am so very grateful for all of you at VFC. I’m truly on cloud 9” said Hocking. “Thank you EVERYONE at VFC. I love my new second family!”