Lake Wales woman gets back on the road thanks to local program ABC Action News
Jackie Callaway – May 25, 2010
LAKE WALES, Fla. - On the outskirts
of Lake Wales, Judy McGill finds nothing other
than open road within walking distance.
strokes, a heart attack and no family nearby
left Judy relying solely on her car to get
to food, doctors and medicine. At one
point, the 64-year-old had to choose between
her pills and her car. Then, the repo
"Without a car, there is no independence.
You just sit and wait," she
After hearing Judy's story, I introduced
her to Susan Jacobs, the founder
of Wheels of Success. "We
have a lot of people who apply to
us who don't meet our qualifications
of working full time," Jacobs
said. Judy did
not meet the criteria for a free ride, but
she did qualify for a car under a
new Wheels of Success endeavor.
On Friday, I took Judy to her new car.
recently opened its own dealership. At
the Automotive Buying Center, people
like Judy can purchase dependable
wheels for about half of what the
car would normally sell for. "Oh
my God. I can't
believe this ... I can't believe I am sitting
in this car," she said.
The Saturn has
new tires, just 15,000 miles and a 90-day warranty. Wheels
of Success sold it to Judy for $1,800.
of Success has partnered with Manheim Auto
Auction in Lakeland which will allow other
Polk County residents to take advantage of
the program already running in the Tampa
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of Success is Tampa Bay's only 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
providing a full range of transportation solutions, including
vehicle replacement; car repair; and licensing, car payment and
down payment assistance to low and moderate income working families.