Since 1996, nearly 5,000 New England residents have received a reliable car from Good News Garage. These families have been able to get to work, care for their children, further their education, obtain medical care, and access affordable housing -- changing their lives!
Good News Garage changes the lives of New Englanders over the long-term. Meet some of our memorable clients:
In 2017, Dylan was a single mother trying her best to make ends meet. With a 10-month-old daughter and a job to get to, life without a reliable vehicle was making for a very rough road. She had hoped to go to school to study medical assisting, but without a car, her career goals seemed impossible. Then Dylan received some great news; her Vermont Reach Up caseworker notified her that she would be receiving a 2001 Subaru Legacy from Good News Garage through its Wheels to Work program.
Now a little over a year since she received her Subaru, Dylan is nearly finished with her medical assisting associates degree and has become a certified end-of-life doula. She hopes to start her own business.
“Thank you Good News Garage. This car opened so many doors for me to be successful for my daughter and myself!”
When Erika received her “new” 2006 Subaru Outback from Good News Garage in October 2015, she was working at Addison County Community Trust in Vergennes, VT, as an administrative assistant. Immediately after receiving her car, Erika was able to increase her hours from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week because she didn’t have to rely on the bus schedule or getting rides from friends. In December, she was able to drive to Boston to attend a training program, which allowed her to receive a promotion to certified occupancy specialist. Erika was able to attend another training program in February for further certification. “Having my own car has given me more than extra hours in my job,” shared Erika. “It’s put me on a career path.”
Jamie received a 2000 Toyota Camry from Good News Garage in November 2012 and is still driving it today. Jamie said having a car has enabled her to be self-sufficient and makes her life so much easier. She's graduating from Champlain College in May 2016 and has already been accepted into the graduate program of social work at University of Vermont. She said she can't imaging how much more difficult that would have been or if she would have been able to do it without a car to drive to classes and to her internship. Jamie said that having a car means that she and her 6-year-old daughter are able to drive to visit family and to go camping in the summer and on other little adventures. "The best part of having my own car is being self-sufficient," said Jamie. "It makes everything in my life easier to be able to go wherever I need to without having to rely on other people."
Tashanda moved from New York City to Vermont hoping to find career opportunities in the African American salon business. Initially, Tashanda utilized GNG’s Ready To Go program, which brought her two-year-old son to daycare and Tashanda to her internship. After riding a Ready To Go van for nine months, Tashanda applied for a Good News Garage car. She received a "new" Subaru, which allowed her to finish school, earn her salon license, and get a job. “You wouldn’t think [not having a car] is such a big deal but it IS. I was able to see my family on the holidays, which was so special. I was able to have my son see Vermont, and he was able to connect with this place in a way other than just going to school,” Tashanda said. After she’d been served well by her car for six years, Tashanda donated the car back to Good News Garage! Tashanda said, "I thought giving my car back would help someone else like it helped me. Good News Garage gave me my independence."
Nancy said "If not for this program I’m sure I would have ended up in a shelter with no job, no self-worth and no end in sight. I know there are many people out there in the same situation as myself - working very hard with no light at the end of the tunnel. People like myself need organizations like the Good News Garage, so if you have a car you no longer need please donate it to help another struggling family.”