Monday, April 09, 2012
Donation Provides Needed Wheels
Lack of transportation can be a real problem for a young man who is working a part-time job, saving for college, and looking forward to a full-time summer internship. Javon, an alumnus of Angels’ Arms, was juggling his schedule and hitching rides with his foster parents and friends when Angels’ Arms stepped in and asked for help from the St. Vincent DePaul Society (SVDP).
“I contacted St. Vincent DePaul and let them review the case,” said Managing Director Zip Rzeppa. “Javon qualified for the ‘Vinnie’s Autos’ program, but there was a waiting list for cars. Fortunately, Javon was willing to learn to drive a stick shift, so when a 1995 car with a manual transmission became available, Javon was given the keys.” As part of the SVDP program, Javon paid $400 for the car, which was donated by a retired priest. In addition to the keys, Javon received a few lessons on driving a stick shift from a SVDP volunteer. “
Javon was delighted to get the car,” Zip reports, “And it is already making a tremendous difference in his life, allowing him to get to work and continue saving for college.”