Imagine navigating daily life – work, school, errands, appointments – as a single mom with no car. This challenge is often a reality for the mothers in the HomeStretch program and transportation is complicated. Car loans for low-income families often carry big interest rates, using cabs or other ride sharing services is expensive, and riding public transportation in North Atlanta is disjointed and cumbersome.
That’s why our new partnership with AutoGift is changing lives. AutoGift gives single mothers with minor children who currently have no access to a car, the gift of a safe, reliable, debt-free automobile as a resource to enhance their quality of life.
AutoGift’s decision to partner with HomeStretch was based on our extensive applicant vetting process and hands-on approach to guiding the residents in the program. As candidates move through HomeStretch, their lives are stabilized, making them well-qualified candidates for the AutoGift program. The validation that they’re financially able to have the gift of a car makes it a blessing and not a burden.
“AutoGift is a niche program designed specifically to fill a particular need for disadvantaged single moms,” explains AutoGift’s founder, Bill Kilinski. “We know what we do and we stick to it so we will not lose focus and effectiveness. Our hope is that a safe, reliable car will give moms the ability to care for their family and expose their kids to areas and activities outside their zip code.”
This month, two HomeStretch families were blessed with donated cars from AutoGift. Their big smiles say it all. And, what makes this story even sweeter is one of those cars was donated to AutoGift by a HomeStretch mentor!
“It’s a true blessing,” says Bridget, who received the mentor-donated car. “The sense of peace as I drive to and from work, drive to the grocery store, and take my girls places again, empowers me in ways you would not truly understand unless you have lived without reliable transportation. I thank God for HomeStretch, AutoGift, and the Hardy family who made it all possible.”
If you would like to donate a car to AutoGift, contact Angela Agel, Director of Operations, at 678-777-3010.