Agencies put family in driver’s seat

A partnership of three agencies is helping a family on its journey to a better future.

Trinetta Terry and her two young daughters received a car on Dec. 29, 2015, thanks to efforts by SafeSpace, House of Hope and Project LIFT.

Trinetta Terry and her daughters, with representatives from Project LIFT, SafeSpace and House of Hope.

Trinetta Terry and her daughters, with representatives from Project LIFT, SafeSpace and House of Hope.

Representatives of the three agencies gathered at House of Hope in Stuart to present the keys and title to Ms. Terry, who was accompanied by her daughters, Aukeria, 7, and Alexis, 5

The car is a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu that was donated to House of Hope, a Martin County agency that helps people with basic needs and life skills.

When House of Hope receives vehicles or bicycles as donations, the agency turns to Project LIFT for service and repairs. Project LIFT (Life Initiatives for Teens) is a local agency that helps at-risk youth by teaching them skilled trades, connecting them with mentors and providing counseling.

Meanwhile, SafeSpace, which provides shelter and services to victims of domestic violence, was seeking a car for the Terry family.  The House of Hope car was a perfect fit for the family and the agencies’ missions, as each strives to help people achieve greater stability and independence in their lives.

When asked what the car will mean to her, Ms. Terry immediately said, “Work!”

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Trinetta Terry with daughters, Alexis (center) and Aukeria, in their new car!

She said that she’ll be able to drive farther for a higher paying job. “I’m looking toward the time when I am out of the shelter and will have more expenses, like after-school child care,” she said.

The family won’t have to worry about one expense: Project LIFT has offered oil changes for life.

As for their first trip in the car, young Aukeria had an idea: To the store for a slushie!

House of Hope is on the verge of providing another car to one of its clients, making four vehicles given to people in need in 2015 through House of Hope.

Clients who receive cars are carefully selected: They generally are people who have been working with House of Hope case managers on a plan to become more self-sufficient. They are in need but would be able to sustain the maintenance, fueling and insurance of a car. Often, the vehicle will mean that members of the family will be able to access or maintain employment and/or education to make them more stable and independent.

House of Hope always welcomes the donation of vehicles. For information about donating your car, please contact Dawn Abate at (772) 286-4673, ext. 1002, or dawn@hohmartin.org.

For more information about each agency involved in the partnership that helped the Terry family, visit www.projectliftmc.com for Project LIFT, www.safespacefl.org for SafeSpace, and www.hohmartin.org for House of Hope.