Atalla | Tampa
| December 8, 2007
Wheels of Success
Tampa, Florida - Terry Ann Martin is a single
mom of 3 girls. So, you can probably imagine,
she spends quite a bit of her time on the road
in her minivan. It's a van that's traveled
more than a few miles, but rolled into Terry's
life just a short week ago. Terry's van was
donated to Wheels of Success.
Wheels of Success founder Susan Jacobs says, "Usually
what happens is when your car goes the next
step is you lose your job and the next step
is you become homeless. So, our goal is to
reach people before that stage." Jacobs
says people donate their vehicles to the organization.
Those vehicles are then fixed up and matched
up with people in need. She says, "When
you donate your car we try to keep it in the
car the county is donated so you know you're
actually changing someone's life right where
In Terry's case, her previous van was past
the point of repair. She says she was actually
getting physically sick from worrying about
what would come next. She says her new van
gives her a sense of freedom. She says, "(it's)
a big sigh of relief, especially this time
of year with the holidays coming. I can' imagine
another big car repair on my other vehicle
during the holiday season."
Terry was able to donate her old van which
Wheels of Success will salvage for parts. She
also donates some of her time. The organization
asks those who've received vehicles to volunteer
and help the next in line for a new ride.
Terry says, "if you can give back and
it gives to you and shows others in your life
like my children that things can work for the
better good it's a wonderful thing. I'm so
happy I found this organization and the way
it played out for me, it's amazing!"
To be considered for a vehicle, you must be
working full-time and be referred by an employer
or social service agency. If you donate a vehicle,
you'll get a tax receipt for fair market value.
And remember... Wheels of Success can use your
vehicle even if it's not running.