Tampa, FL – November 15, 2016 – Wheels of Success is gearing up for a special car presentation to human trafficking survivor on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. thanks to funding by GTE Financial. The presentation will be held at GTE Financial’s corporate office located at 711 E. Henderson Ave., Tampa, FL 33602. We invite the press and public to meet the funder and the recipient and hear her story.
Wheels will be presenting a low mileage 2001 Honda Civic to our newest recipient, Crystal Anderson, who was referred to Wheels of Success through CREATED and Tampa Crossroads, a partner referring agency. Crystal is currently in a residential program for young girls that are victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a serious human rights issue in Florida.”In 2014-15, more than 1,200 instances of human trafficking were reported in the state through the Florida Abuse Hotline”.*For Crystal the bus she takes to work each day drives through her old neighborhood, which is full of prostitutes, drugs and horrific memories of her abuse. Her position with a local florist, Artistic Florist of Tampa Bay, working with many large clients such as the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is life changing for her. When Crystal receives her Wheels’ vehicle, she will be promoted at her job and literally drive away from her past as a human trafficking victim.
Wheels of Success is proud to work with local business partners to fulfill its mission to provide transportation solutions such as vehicles, repairs and zero percent financing to keep working families working. GTE Financial, a long-time partner, supports Wheels of Success with funding for our Build-A-Car program, as well as car donations. Also in 2014 GTE Financial collaborated with Wheels to create the ABC GTE Financial 0% interest financing program winning the 2016 WEDU Be More Brilliant AT&T Innovation Award. This innovative program helps the working poor not only get a vehicle they can afford but also improves their credit rating.
GTE Financial was established in the Tampa Bay area in 1935. Since then, GTE Financial has remained steadfast in its mission to be the financial cooperative that its members can always count on. GTE has been placing its members’ personal
over corporate profits in order to lend, support, and help so individuals and businesses in the community can meet their financial dreams. Please visit the GTE Financial web page, www.gtefinancial.org, for more information.
Tampa Crossroads designs individualized plans for each client, tailored to each person’s own needs, situation, conditions and abilities. Our staff listens, they care, and they are passionate about helping every client. Our choice-based approach empowers our clients to choose their own destiny, giving a hand up to lasting independence.
Wheels of Success accepts vehicle donations in any condition- running or not- and provides free towing through their partnership with AAA Auto Club Group. The vehicle donor receives the greatest tax advantage for their donation because we try not sell the car at auction but present it to a working family, so the donor can deduct the fair market value of the vehicle.
To make a vehicle donation or to donate funds to our “Build-A-Car” program, please call (813) 995-5040, or visit www.wheelsofsuccess.org.