Providing Keys to Self-Sufficiency

Agencies partner to provide keys to self-sufficiency for two local households

House of Hope and Project LIFT (Life Initiatives for Teens) have partnered to provide two local families with the reliable transportation they so greatly needed. Anonymous donors gave House of Hope two vehicles which were evaluated and mechanically serviced by program participants at Palm City’s Project LIFT, an agency offering mentoring and vocational skills to area at-risk youth.


A Honda Accord has found a new home with a 45-year-old divorced mother of five living in Stuart. Getting to work and running household errands has historically been a challenge without a car. With the new family vehicle, this local mother can now commute to work, run errands and take the children to extra-curricular activities without having to seek and coordinate rides. House of Hope case manager Yolanda Owens was also able to provide a brand-new donated car seat for the youngest child.

The contributed Chevy Cavalier is helping another Stuart single mother get to work. Her job had recently been relocated to St. Lucie West which increased an already strained commute of relying on rides from friends. The added distance to and from work also increased child care needs for her three children. The family’s new vehicle will ease their transportation burdens and provide her the opportunity to return to school; a plan designed to enhance her career and earning potential for the future.

“For so many of our clients, reliable and safe transportation leads to economic stability,” said Rob Ranieri, CEO at House of Hope. “We would not be able to offer this support without the great partnership we have with Project LIFT. The fact that the teens in that program get vocational training by working on the vehicles is a tremendous additional benefit.”

Limited public transportation in Martin County creates hardships for local households without reliable transportation. Program recipients of donated vehicles are typically people who have been working with House of Hope to improve their life skills over a period of time — budgeting, saving, planning, etc. Through Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment), case managers identify clients who have a transportation need and have also achieved a level of stability to maintain car insurance, fuel and other related expenses.

For more information about donating a vehicle,

contact Dawn Abate, (772) 286-4673, ext. 1002, or email dawn@hohmartin.org.