of Success' helps workers needing a car
By JENNIFER LEIGH | News
September 7, 2009
TAMPA - There are 20 new car owners on the
roads of the Bay area today thanks to an
organization that puts struggling, full-time
workers behind the wheel of a donated used
The program, Wheels of Success, started
in 2003 and has given away more than 275
At a special presentation in Tampa this
morning, Lenore Hubbard, a single mom who
works as a home health nurse, received
the keys to her 1994 Nissan Altima.
Hubbard has been taking the bus to work
each day, sometimes riding for two hours
at a time. She says her new Altima will
give her a freedom she hasn't enjoyed since
giving up a vehicle she could no longer
drive in October 2008.
"When I do borrow my mom's car or
a neighbor's car we have a time limit,
and we have to go when they need us to
go, and now it's up to us," Hubbard
"When we want to go we can go. When
we want to come home we can come home."
The Wheels of Success program requires
participants to make payments they can
afford over the course of a year-long contract.
They also have to perform community service
hours, which vehicle recipients are always
willing to do, organizers say.
Jean Snyder can attest to that. She still
drives the Saturn she received from Wheels
for Success in 2007 and keeps coming back
to participate in other presentations.
"I came back to help detail all the
cars for this year," Snyder said.
She said the program helps put recipients
on the road to success.
"You don't need a new car. You need
a car that you can afford to make the payments,
be comfortable and be mobile and you know
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