Graduates of Getting Ahead often tell us that transportation is their No. 1 barrier to success. To help overcome that barrier, my organization, Muskogee (Okla.) Bridges Out of Poverty, launched a new Car Donation Program that provides Getting Ahead graduates who meet certain criteria with the opportunity to purchase a vehicle.
Recently we awarded our first vehicle in the new program. The automobile was donated by a generous family who no longer needed a vehicle and who wanted to help another family out, and we hope this is the first of many such donations.
Muskogee Bridges negotiated with a local lender to provide the graduate with financing for the vehicle and a local insurance is also providing help. The purchase price is about one-quarter of the actual value of the vehicle. This serves the dual purpose of providing needed transportation and helping the recipient to build credit. Vehicles are inspected by a mechanic, and small repairs are made prior to the sale if necessary. The proceeds from the vehicle sale go back into the Car Donation Program to keep the process working.
The program is intended for Getting Ahead graduates who have completed Money Matters 101, a curriculum developed by St. Joseph County (Ind.) Bridges Out of Poverty; and Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Individuals who meet the criteria are well-positioned to take advantage of this life-changing opportunity and continue working on their future story. There is also an application process and a committee decides upon the successful applicant.
About our organization: Muskogee Bridges Out of Poverty, a member of Emerge Solutions, is funded by the City of Muskogee Foundation and was recognized last year as the national Bridges Community of the Year by aha! Process Inc., developer of Bridges Out of Poverty and Getting Ahead, for its innovative ideas and successful programs. It also recently was honored for its accomplishments in guiding Getting Ahead graduates to self-sufficiency by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.
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