Grandmother Returns to College; her Grandson
Sees the Rays Play
J. had no vehicle. For two years she and her
grandson Hunter (then 5 years old) walked to
everything…work, the grocery store,
laundry mat, doctors’ appointments, and
church. Many times, there simply was no bus
going where they needed to go. Hunter did not
understand why he they could not go places
and do things like other families did together.
Their health problems complicated the situation
for this determined grandmother and grandson.
She suffers from severe arthritis; he has asthma.
Walking in the heat exacerbated both of those
ailments. Lacking transportation made getting
to their doctors a challenge.
Paulette wanted to go to college. She wasn’t
just one of the many who merely talk about
it. She was determined to become a teacher.
Hunter wanted to participate in sports activities
and see the Rays play; he loves baseball. They
began to hope when someone at church told them
about Wheels of Success. Paulette’s employer
officially referred her to the program. And
then, on Labor Day 2008, Paulette and Hunter
were one of the 20 families who drove away
smiling in their new-to-them 1994 Saturn while
Hunter yelled, “Woowhoooooo!”
Once she got wheels, Paulette wasted no time
registering for school. She earned her CDA
and is teaching while working on her bachelor’s
degree in education. Hunter goes to birthday
parties now and has seen the Rays play. Paulette
had not seen her brother or other grandchildren
for four years. With a car, they were able
to travel to Memphis. She brought the grandchildren
back with her for the summer, and Hunter got
to know his cousins.
Says Paulette, “This car was a Godsend.
It has been a lifesaver for us both!” She
completed the program and picked up her title
Labor Day 2009. It was a very good year for