| December 21, 2007
Old cop cars get new
lives for single moms
LARGO - They were tears of joy and complete
Cari Frounfelter and Richelle Shelton got
the surprise of their lives. Friday morning,
they were each handed the keys to a car --
They were selected as part of the Wheels of
Success program. It's a new program that helps
single parents become more independent.
Frounfelter has a 2-year-old boy and a baby
on the way. She escaped an abusive relationship
and moved to Florida.
"I've been through so much. And I needed
transportation so bad. And this is just so
great," she exclaimed.
Five cars, set to be auctioned off, were donated
by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. They
used to be unmarked police cruisers.
Richelle Shelton, meanwhile, has four kids.
She was just diagnosed with a disease that
causes ovarian cancer. She had to take three
busses just to get to her doctor's appointment.
"I haven't been able to work or really
get around. So, this is just a blessing."
The program is a partnership between the sheriff's
office, The sheriff's Police Athletic League,
and the Greater Ridgecrest Area Youth Development
The families still must get insurance before
they can officially own the cars. They also
must take courses in budgeting, life skills,
and maintenance of their car.
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