Wheels of Hope

The auto repair shops in Fresno, California are working to get a “Wheels of Hope” car ready for its new owner. The program has been underway for 5 years. This year they are giving away their 7th car.

Rachel Cruz is the recipient of one such car. She admits that the program truly changed her life for the better. “I don’t have to get up early to go to work, I don’t have to call people for rides,” said Cruz.

Because she has reliable transportation, she can take her wheelchair bound mother to and from doctor’s appointments. They no longer have to spend time waiting for the handicap bus to provide transportation.

Each year the group accepts applications for recipients of a car. The applicants have to be nominated by a friend for a family member. The Wheels of Hope program involves the auto repair shops that are part of the Fresno Select Group. Each shop is always on the lookout for the next car they can repair and refurbish for someone who really needs it.

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM