Recipient Spotlight: Abuk

Abuk is the mother of five with a sixth child due any day now. It takes her 40 minutes to walk her children to school and to get to work. Abuk is used to living a hard life, as she along with her husband, immigrated as refugees to the United States in 2004 from South Sudan, a war-torn country. They have worked hard to support their children and provide a better life for them here in the United States. With a child on the way, her new car will be a huge help. Abuk will no longer have to walk in the cold weather. She will finally be able to make all of her prenatal doctor's appointments and save money instead of using cabs to get to them. Best of all, she will be able to go shopping with her family for baby clothes. Read other recipient’s stories here.

In the News
When donations are made to Vehicles for Change (VFC), they usually come in the form of a gently used family car or a generous financial contribution. So, imagine the surprise of VFC President Marty Schwartz when he received a phone call last year, asking if he’d consider accepting the donation of a local business!

One Stop Auto Repair has been in operation at 3419 Greenmount Avenue since 1991. Owned and operated by Jerry Greef and his wife Pam, One Stop Auto became a fixture of the Waverly neighborhood and grew into a thriving automotive business.

When the couple was looking toward retirement, their lawyer recommended they donate the business to a worthwhile charity that was doing automotive work in the community, perhaps even one that provides mechanic training in the Baltimore-Washington region. That is when Jerry and Pam learned about Vehicles for Change…and they knew it was the right fit after talking with Marty about the organization.

VFC takes donated cars, repairs them while training ex-offenders as auto mechanics, and awards the vehicles to working, low-income families. VFC also operates Freedom Wheels, a nonprofit retail car lot, and Full Circle Service Center, a full service automotive garage, both social enterprises that contribute revenue to further the mission of the organization.

On December 31, 2016, the Greefs officially signed over the business, making this the largest contribution that VFC has ever received. A huge thank you to Jerry and Pam Greef for your generosity of spirit for bestowing your business upon our organization! With your guidance, we look forward to remaining a pillar in the community and continuing to provide the honest service on which you built a great business foundation. Our sinceremost appreciation to you!  

For more information or to schedule an appointment at One Stop Auto, please give us a call at 410-889-8888.

Freedom Wheels
Freedom Wheels is a subsidiary of Vehicles For Change (VFC), that sells non-profit used cars to the public.  All sale proceeds from Freedom Wheels are used to support VFC.
Check out Freedom Wheels'  2009 GMC Acadia in black for only $8,495. It is state inspected, smoke free, auto check assured, with no accident history! Call 410-242-9678 for more information or to arrange a test drive.   
Vehicles for Change’s Detroit program is a semi-finalist in Ford’s Go Detroit Challenge. The challenge aims to help Detroiters travel more easily, safely and accessibly.  The winner receives $15,000 to use towards their program. How can you help VFC Detroit? Sign up here and vote every day! Voting goes live February 27th and runs until March 12th.
Join us on March 4th from 12- 2:30 PM for Full Circle Service Center’s Women and Wheels Car Clinic! This is a free, basic automotive workshop that gives women knowledge about what's under the hood of their vehicles. Please RSVP on Facebook or email FullCircle@Vehiclesforchange.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Full Circle Service Center at 410-242-0732.