July 2017 Newsletter www.wheelsofsuccess.org
IN HER OWN WORDS:
“Reliable wheels changed my life”
“Wheels of Success has made a great impact on my life and I would like to thank them as well as the donors of the car that has changed my children’s and my life in so many ways. We were provided with a gate way to success and health. This vehicle has provided me with a way of not worrying about how I would have to continually have to take time off from work to take two to three buses to get to a doctor’s appointment.
About 3 years ago I was diagnosed with Gastroparesia an effect of bring a type one diabetic. These illnesses have caused me to be in and out of the hospital numerous of times, visits to specialist. Doctors, and counselors put a strain on me physically and financially and risk of losing my job due to all the time I would have to take off trying to make every appointment I could.
Being a single mother of 2 teenaged girls with no other income was becoming very over whelming having to make sure we could make it to places when we needed, just a simple thing as going to the grocery store was straining. There were times that I thought I was going to lose my job because
Brew Bus Brewing Evening Fun Benefitting Wheels of Success RSVP: Facebook Event
WHEN: Wednesday, Aug 9th 4 PM – 10 PM Vehicle Presentation at 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Brew Bus Terminal & Brewery, 4101 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida 33603
Please join us for fun, food and drinks while supporting Wheels of Success. 20% OF ALL PROCEEDS from house draft beer & food sales will benefit Wheels of Success. There will also be a 50/50 raffle directly benefitting Wheels of Success (You Do Not Have to be Present to Win).
At 7:00 PM Wheels of Success will be presenting a “New to Him” vehicle to Kameron, a shining example of strength & courage, who will soon exit the Foster Care system. Kameron, wouldn’t be able to continue his journey of success at Hillsborough Community College, without reliable wheels. Kameron was referred to us by Family Resources’ “SafePlace2Btoo- LGBTQ Program”, which provides an affirming & safe space for youth to be their authentic self while providing a roadmap towards self-sufficiency.
it was a all day process to take 2 sometimes 3 buses to get to a doctor’s appointment.
When I got the call from Wheels of Success it was life changing my children and I now have the means and way of getting to appointments without having to worry about taking so much time off from work, my health has improved due to being able to make appointments and my children have been able to join activities and get jobs of their own.
Without the help from Wheels of success and the donors I don’t think we would be in the place we are today so I would like to thank you and all your help and kindness and for this program that not only help me succeed but helping my family become more independent and saving my health. I am truly thankful for being a part of this program and appreciate the car so much.”
Thank you, Donna
Special Thanks to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for providing the funding to get her “New to Her” vehicle repaired and back on the road.
Donna’s vehicle was presented at the 2016 Gold & Diamond Source Holiday Party.
with Special Car Presentation
This vehicle presentation would not have been possible without 10 News providing the funding to get the vehicle repaired and back on the road.
“What’s important to know about Kameron is that he isn’t a victim of circumstance. He is a shining example of how you can thrive in the face of adversity when appropriate supports are in place.
Kameron, like other youth, ended up in the Foster Care system after years of housing instability. With determination and drive, he purposefully
set out to complete high school, with college to follow. Due to the location of his high school relative to placement, he was dependent on public transportation. During his Junior and Senior year, he woke at 5 am each day to take two buses and arrive at school on-time.
For Kameron, while aware of his past, his focus is on the road ahead. This is where “Wheels of Success” came in. Their program, will provide Kameron with the reliable “wheels” necessary to start college this fall & continue his journey of positivity, hope, and courage in the face of adversity.”
Kameron was referred to us by Family Resources’ “SafePlace2Btoo- LGBTQ Program”, which provides an affirming & safe space for youth to be their authentic self while providing a roadmap towards self-sufficiency.
You Can Help Working Families get their “Keys to Success”
By Donating Today to Help Build-A-Car!
Pay it Forward Philosophy
Wheels of Success operates with a pay-it-forward philosophy. Clients receiving a vehicle “buy” it from the program by making small monthly payments for 1 year. They also donate three hours of service monthly to the program. These fees help Wheels of Success assist additional clients and allow the recipients to pay-it-forward.
Hamburger Mary’s Bingo Night Fundraiser! Follow Facebook Event for Updates
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept 20th 6 PM – 9 PM Please Follow Facebook Event
WHERE: Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille 1600 E 7th Ave, 33605 Tampa
Wednesday Night Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s Benefitting the Wheels of Success. $10 donation cover charge includes 10 games (100% of the proceeds go to Wheels of Success). Play for a chance to win prizes! Required $10 food and/or drink minimum purchase. There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing, but you do not have to be present to win.
RESERVATIONS ARE HIGHLY SUGGESTED 813-241-6279. Or RSVP
by contacting Susan Jacobs from Wheels of Success at firstname.lastname@example.org
– 813-995-5040. We suggest arriving at least 30 minutes beforehand to enjoy dinner before the Bingo Fun.
100% of all donations received from this event will go towards Wheels of Success to support our mission of providing transportation solutions to
“Keep Working Families Working”.
WAITING ON WHEELS
Shaka, an applicant “Waiting for Wheels”, is a single mother of 5 children and in desperate need of a vehicle. Two of her children have mental disabilities that require many medical and therapeutic appointments. She struggles daily to get to work and take her children to their necessary appointments. Through no fault of her own, Shaka lost her transportation when she was in a severe auto accident which totaled her vehicle. Her injuries from the accident healed slowly, but she still managed to continue working full time.
A “New to Her” vehicle will help Shaka be able to work more hours earning more money, with the potential of receiving a promotion. Her “Keys to Success” will help her maintain her independence; provide better support and a brighter future for her 5 children. With a “New to Her” vehicle from Wheels of Success, Shaka will also be able to take her children to appointments without the disruption and hours of time the 6 different buses she currently has to take causes.
This hard working mother of 5 is patiently “Waiting for Wheels” while working hard towards a better future for her and her children. Let’s work together to get Shaka on the “Road to Success” with a
“New to Her” vehicle as soon as possible.
CALLING ALL CARS
Running or not donate your car to Wheels of Success
You receive the greatest tax advantage for your donation because we try not sell your car at auction but present it to a family so you can deduct the fair market value of the vehicle.
Find Out How to Donate A Car
Call (813) 995-5040 to learn more. www.wheelsofsuccess.org
Keith and Chandra Henthorne Joseph and Terrell Clark
Joe Brancucci John Imming Susan Jacobs Heather Steinfeld
Merlin an Louise Wadsworth
Sustainer Society funds allow us to take care of operational expenses, most often not covered by grants, but a necessary part of keeping Wheels of Success on the road to independence and sustainability.
Won’t you become a Sustainer today and help Wheels of Success to continue on its course of Keeping working families working?
Helping us make a difference in our community.