After years of abuse and threats on her life,
Fiona and her young son fled their home in
the middle of the night. She took nothing
with her except a laundry basket filled with
clothes and a few toys.
Like many victims of domestic violence, Fiona had no work experience because
her controlling husband would not allow her to have a job. Determined to
make a better life for herself and her son, Fiona searched until she found an
employer who was willing to give her a chance, but she had to walk four miles
to get to the office and back home--with a cane. When a co-worker learned
of her situation, he told her about Wheels of Success.
Fiona was one of 13 recipients of vehicles
from local AutoWay dealers as part of the 13
Days of Christmas event. In just
a few months, Fiona's car has provided
her with both independence and opportunity.
She has been able to get to work on time, and
she just got a pay raise. She has also started
her own side business, Two Maids and a
Broom, and has more than doubled her income
since receiving her car.
Fiona recently underwent the knee surgery she
needed but didn't think she could ever
afford. She is healthy, happy and confident.
She says that one of the best things about
having a car is that she is able to attend
activities with her son, including driving
to his school three times a week to spend their
lunch time together. Mother and son are
also going to domestic violence counseling
each week--something that they would not have
been able to do without reliable transportation.
With a bright smile and tears in her eyes,
Fiona said, "The past is like it
never happened. I am truly grateful for
all that's been done for me."