Diane’s Story

Diane is a survivor, and she says she couldn’t have done it without the Car Ownership program.  The program helped her get back on her feet after a very difficult year.  Diane was in an abusive relationship, causing her and her daughter to stay at a shelter for nine months.  They were accepted into low-income housing, but Diane’s car broke down.  A shelter advocate directed her to Community Action’s Car Ownership program. 

Going through the necessary steps, Diane was able to purchase a car that helped her and her daughter immensely.  With the help of her new Ford Focus, she was able find an apartment, go to work, take her daughter to doctor appointments, school when she missed the bus, and extra-curricular activities, as well as get to the grocery store, etc.  “Oh, and to personally go to Syndicate (Community Action’s location) and make my payments…”

Although it was a financial challenge, Diane is very grateful for the help Car Ownership offered. 

“You’ve made it so much easier for me to pull through this stressful year… you were very supportive, reassuring through a stressful time.  You have all been understanding and have always been there to help in any and every way.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this.  Honestly, I don’t know how to thank you.”