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Vehicles for Change awards 20 cars to mark 20th anniversary

Martin Schwartz, president of Vehicles for Change, surprises Northwest Hospital nursing assistant Listra Williams with a car to kick off a day of awarding cars to families in need. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Martin Schwartz, president of Vehicles for Change, surprises Northwest Hospital nursing assistant Listra Williams with a car to kick off a day of awarding cars to families in need. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Lista Williams poses for a photo with her husband, Michael Williams, and their daughter Ashley. Listra was surprised with a car donated by Heritage | MileOne Autogroup at her place of employment, Northwest Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Lista Williams poses for a photo with her husband, Michael Williams, and their daughter Ashley. Listra was surprised with a car donated by Heritage | MileOne Autogroup at her place of employment, Northwest Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Craig Carmichael, right, president of Northwest Hospital, and Listra Williams, a nursing assistant at Northwest Hospital share a moment on stage. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Craig Carmichael, right, president of Northwest Hospital, and Listra Williams, a nursing assistant at Northwest Hospital share a moment on stage. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Aleeseea Jones foreground, was one of 20 recipients of cars, donated by Heritage | MileOne Autogroup in celebration of Vehicles for Change’s 20th anniversary. Recipients came from across the state, including Jones, a resident of Grantsville in Garrett County. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Aleeseea Jones foreground, was one of 20 recipients of cars, donated by Heritage | MileOne Autogroup in celebration of Vehicles for Change’s 20th anniversary. Recipients came from across the state, including Jones, a resident of Grantsville in Garrett County. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Kareem Anthony of Glen Oak is a father of three and preparing to start a new job in sales as the state continues reopening. Access to his own car will help him get to and from work. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Kareem Anthony of Glen Oak is a father of three and preparing to start a new job in sales as the state continues reopening. Access to his own car will help him get to and from work. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

MileOne Autogroup CEO Steven Fader helped present vehicles to 19 individuals during the 20 for 20 afternoon celebration at Heritage Toyota Owings Mills. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

MileOne Autogroup CEO Steven Fader helped present vehicles to 19 individuals during the 20 for 20 afternoon celebration at Heritage Toyota Owings Mills. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Jada Little of Edgewood was joined by a friend as she was presented with a vehicle. Little will be starting a new job on July 1 and will no longer need to rely on family for transportation assistance. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Jada Little of Edgewood was joined by a friend as she was presented with a vehicle. Little will be starting a new job on July 1 and will no longer need to rely on family for transportation assistance. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Maryland Secretary of Human Resources Lourdes R. Padilla spoke to recipients and team members from Vehicles for Change and Heritage | MileOne during the event. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

Maryland Secretary of Human Resources Lourdes R. Padilla spoke to recipients and team members from Vehicles for Change and Heritage | MileOne during the event. (Photo courtesy of Vehicles For Change)

In recognition of its 20th anniversary, Vehicles for Change and its long-time partner, Heritage | MileOne Autogroup presented 20 cars to local families whose lives will be transformed by having access to personal transportation. 

Since 1999, Vehicles for Change has empowered low-income families across Maryland to achieve economic and personal independence by providing them with access to transportation. As part of its longstanding partnership with Vehicles for Change, Heritage | MileOne Autogroup has committed more than 170 vehicles, valued at more than $1 million, to area families in need of transportation and Heritage has also hired nine auto technicians from Vehicles for Change’s Full Circle Training Program, a re-entry program for ex-offenders and under/unemployed individuals. 

Maryland Secretary of Human Services Lourdes R. Padilla, Maryland Department of Labor Executive Director Michael R. DiGiacomo and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young then joined MileOne Autogroup CEO Steven Fader at Heritage Toyota Owings Mills where an additional 19 vehicles were presented.

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