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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Loaves & Fishes: A warm and reliable car

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Every morning I take my daughter to school and head to work in my very reliable and warm SUV. I don’t think twice about my car not starting on a cold morning or if I might have to call an Uber or a friend to get to work or to get my child to school. This morning ritual is a luxury. Reliable transportation enables us to meet our basic needs, something that many of our clients struggle with daily.

The CARES Programing at Loaves & Fishes continues to be the guiding light for clients who need assistance, and the CARES Car Program helps to provide reliable transportation. This program takes donated vehicles, makes any necessary repairs, and prepares them for clients at no cost. Additionally, the clients participate in financial fitness training to ensure they are prepared to take on the financial responsibilities of owning a car.

Since July 2022, fourteen households have successfully navigated the Car Program requirements and become proud owners of a vehicle. Over 2,000 cars have been donated since the program’s conception in 1999. Unfortunately, we currently have a list of clients waiting for a car with no donations in sight. With inflation and challenges with the supply chain, fewer people are purchasing cars, which means fewer vehicles are available for donation. Providing a client with reliable transportation to get to work is the number one goal of the car program.

One car recipient said, “It is such a life-changing thing to be able to go back and forth to work and the grocery stores. We are so thankful and happy for this car. Without the donor and the people at Loaves & Fishes taking it in and fixing it up, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

We need the community’s help spreading the word about this impactful program to continue this mission. This month as you are running errands about town in your warm and reliable car, take pause, give thanks, and consider our friends and neighbors in need.

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Joni Wiltz
Joni Wiltzhttps://www.loaves-fishes.org
Joni Wiltz is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Loaves & Fishes Community Services. Contact her at jwiltz@loaves-fishes.org. If you would like to learn more about Loaves & Fishes, please visit our website at www.loaves-fishes.org.
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