Photo caption: Framingham resident Lynette Bidder and her 2005 Toyota RAV4. (Good News Garage)
FRAMINGHAM, MA — To some, an SUV from 2005 might seem like just another used car. But for Framingham resident Lynette Bidder, it's an end to the stress of finding reliable transportation.
Bidder was recently given a 2005 Toyota RAV4 by the Vermont-based Good News Garage. The nonprofit works with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission to give reliable vehicles to people who need transportation for work and daily life.
The RAV4 was donated to Good News Garage, which operates in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and Bidder received it on Jan. 16.
In Massachusetts, several local businesses help the nonprofit transport and refurbish the vehicles: ASD Auto Body and Repair in Worcester; Three Jacks Towing in Middleton; and Two Guys Garage in Lowell.
Good News Garage was founded in 1994 when social worker Hal Colston, and Revs. Frederick Neu, Bill Valliere, and Doug Ward worked to open a community garage in Burlington, Vermont. Since then, the nonprofit has donated more than 5,000 vehicles to people in need across New England.