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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Transportation Assistance

Mission: Wheels of Success helps keep working people working so that they are able to support themselves and provide for their families.

Results: Throughout ten years of community support, Wheels of Success has provided over 1000 transportation related services, including over 500 vehicles to Tampa Bay area families. Our goal is to raise funds to get more families on the road by providing vehicles to applicants who have been “waiting for wheels” and to help others by paying for needed repairs to vehicles they already own.

Target demographics: working families in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties who need reliable transportation to get to work, specifically including Veterans, Youth Aging out of Foster CAre, Patient Caregivers and Domestic Violence Survivors

Direct beneficiaries per year: 125-150

Geographic areas served: Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties

Programs: providing vehicles, car repairs and car care classes, as well as financial assistance with licensing, automobile insurance, car payments and down payments

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wheels of Success has made a huge impact in all of the positive life changes I have made over the past two years. I have four young daughters between the ages of 3-12 and we were without a vehicle for 3 years. Metropolitan Ministries encouraged me to reach out to Ms. Susan Jacobs and I truly thank God every day that I did. I was using public transportation to run my household and as life progressed that was becoming more and more difficult. A month or so before Christmas of 2019 I was notified that I would most likely be receiving a car before Christmas. I absolutely could not believe it. I had just finished up my patient care technician program and had gotten hired at nursing home and was concerned as to how I was going to get the kids to school and make it to work by 645 am. God showed up like He always does and sure enough the day before Christmas Eve I drove out to Tampa to pick up my 2015 Black Hyundai Tucson. I was blown away when I saw the vehicle, it was practically brand new. I cannot sing my praises loud enough for the Wheels of Success program and all they have done for me and many many others. I will never ever forget this God given opportunity

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life was forever changed by Susan and The Wheels of Success. I am a single mom of two daughters. I was in a homeless shelter but still working and staying positive. My daughter's and I had to navigate on foot close to 6 miles a day in the heat. I had blisters on my feet. My youngest would be overcome with the heat and many times I had to pick her up and carry her on my back to make it back to the shelter. I reached out to Susan for help. If only I had a car, I could safely navigate to the girls to school and myself to work. The wheels of success made it all happen. In less than a month I was in a vehicle and in a home! They even helped me furnish it. We are thankful everyday.

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

My life was forever changed by Susan and The Wheels of Success. I am a single mom of two daughters. I was in a homeless shelter but still working and staying positive. My daughter's and I had to navigate on foot close to 6 miles a day in the heat. I had blisters, my youngest would be overcome with the heat. I reached out to Susan for help. If only I had a car I could safely navigate to school and work. The wheels of success made it all happen. In less than a month I was in a vehicle and in a home! They even helped me furnish it. I am thankful everyday.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent program the 1999 Honda Civic EX Coupe I received from the program helps me get to college and required appointments. Before getting the car it took me a long time to get to required appointments and college. Before getting the car I would be late to college because the bus was frequently late. In January of 2020 I had a college class that was from 6 P.M. to 8:40 P.M. and that was the only time available for that class. If I did not have a car it would take between an hour and a half and two hours to get home. The reason is because I would have to take multiple buses to get home and then walk about 30 minutes after getting off the final bus.

Because of the car I was able to arrive home within 20-25 minutes maximum after leaving class at 8:40 P.M. Shortly after getting the car there was a day where I had to go to multiple places after my classes at college. I got all the errands done within about two hours. If I did not have the car the errands would have probably taken between 6 and 8 hours to complete no exaggeration. The car will continue to help me in December of 2020 or January of 2021 when I start an internship because I will be graduating college in May of 2021. I had the car for a little over a year and it is running just as good if not better than when I first got it. The engine runs really quite and the transmission still shifts really smooth. People I know personally keep telling me I will outgrow this car in a few years they are wrong. I am keeping this car until it dies(engine or transmission failure).

The car I received from the program is my dream car I care about longevity, gas mileage and average repair cost. This car meets all requirements and I think this car is better than the newer Honda Civics 2014 and newer. I like how the car has a regular automatic transmission(non CVT), non turbocharged engine and has long lasting drum brakes compared to disc brakes on newer Civics. By keeping this car my insurance rates will be lower because it's an older car and this is important because insurance is expensive as a younger driver. I am extremely grateful for this car because most of my childhood when I lived with my mom we did not have a car and going places was tough. I am grateful for having a car that runs and absolutely will not get rid of the car before it dies as explained earlier. It does not matter if I had the money to comfortably buy a brand new car or won the lottery jackpot or similar contest(wont happen odds too low as a result I refuse to ever play) I am still and I mean it when I say I am keeping the car until the very very end no matter how much money I ever have. This is not because it is my first car I will keep all cars I own in the future until the very very end. I really do mean it when I say this is my dream car the people I live with and my friends know that too.

Advisor

Rating: 5

From inception to current date, Wheels of Success has remained faithful to its mission, ‘keeping working families working’ by providing transportation services that enable individuals to get to work and support their families. Lives have been enriched and changed forever. The stories are heart warming to know that just getting a key to a car can turn a family’s life around; assistance with a repair insures a family gets to work, the ability to get to work on time when public transportation isn’t dependable, making a medical appointment for a critical family member, advancing career opportunity thru education... and so many more ways to keep moving forward. I have been a board member and advisor since 2003 and still believe this is a mission that holds up to the gold standards of non profits.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Susan Jacobs and the Wheels of Success organization are doing an amazing job of lifting working people to the next level of their success. Transportation is an enormous challenge to families that are struggling economically. Wheels of Success not only gets them a donated car, but also gets them the needed paperwork for insurance, information on maintenance and references to getting repairs. Susan makes one small step from a donor into a giant leap for a working family.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wheels of Success does tremendous good in our community!
Watching deserving folks be able to fundamentally change their lives is so powerful!
Founder Susan Jacobs is a singularly focused woman who puts together so many moving parts to provide good working folks with reliable personal transportation. Truly life changing for them. Heart warming for us. Help if you can. You will feel good!

Advisor

Rating: 5

In the 2005 ish Susan Jacobs and I shared an office at the Centre Club it was called the Bistro where professionals came to work and network. She was creating her passion to help keep people working, a non profit called Wheels of Success .I was creating a platform to allow executives and entrepreneurs to hire consultants, coaches and speakers in minutes, a process that traditionally takes months - LinktoEXPERT. Together Susan and I would brain storm about systems, processes, resources, contacts, etc. we needed to transform our ideas into reality.
As Wheels of Success grew and blossomed I became a member of the Wheels of Success Board of Directors with other bright professionals. Together we brain stormed to create a win win win situation for clients needing cars, people willing to donate their vehicles, time and energy to support Wheels of Success and Wheels itself to be self sustaining.
Later I stepped down to the Wheels of Success Board of Advisors to stay involved and volunteer at fundraisers and such.
LinktoEXPERT consistently promotes Wheels of Success activities, awards and successes to our tens of thousand of connections.
Wheels of Success and LinktoEXPERT were born and the same time and continue to evolve and better our bests making this world a better place to live, work and play.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working as a volunteer and now as a board member of this great organization for more than five years. This "small" non-profit packs a punch. The real impact that every dollar donated to this organization is mind boggling. Susan stretches every dollar to make sure that most of the money raised goes to put deserving people in new to them vehicles to help them keep their jobs and keep their lives headed toward success. Just read some of their success stories on their website and you will find no better non-profit to support.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first-hand the joy of people receiving a "new to them" car and how grateful they are that reliable transportation will literally change their lives. It's also a wonderful thing to see the community come together to support this cause by helping with funding car repairs or individuals donating their cars to help others. From youths aging out of foster car to domestic violence survivors - all these people deserve a hand up and are willing to work for it to improve their lives. Wheels of Success is the organization that can make this happen and does... they truly are a superb organization with clear, positive results for all.

1 Lori B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first encounter with wheels of success was awesome. It was at the car care class. I will never forget that day. I had ride set to take me to and from from there. But last minute bailed on me saying they couldn't take me but could pick me up. I had spent my last bit of money to take a lyft. I was determined to get there no matter what. After the class was over I called my ride and they said they couldn't come get me. I lost it. I was so upset that I was crying. I was trying to pull myself together to start walking home. Then Ms. Susan saw me and asked what was going on. She took time out of her day to help find someone that could take me home.
After 2 years of walking to and from work, appointments, and the grocery store I received my car. Since then I been able to make it work, appointments, and the store with no worries. My oldest son who is 13 now was able to sign up for soccer with no worries as well. His first game is November 2, 2019 and I can get him there. Ms. Susan as gone above and beyond then just helping with a car. I am very happy that God has brought her into my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program had it's unique way of allowing my family & I to get back on our wheels. :) Being a single mother with a teenage boy was difficult to fulfill for to/from school, activities, work, and all motherly duties. I applied once before for this program about one year ago but had to fix my finances before I became a recipient in Jan 2019.
Transportation started to get worst for me right before receiving a call that there's a car waiting for me. This help allowed no more walking/riding bikes to school along with not having to leave the house extra early to beat bus routes; and not having to walk a mile to work from bus stop because my job is not on bus route. It was and still is such a smooth transition with warm welcoming hugs and opportunities to now allow mobility. Being able to volunteer some of my time each month to show my gratitude to Wheels of Success, Inc for the big massive hole they filled is most fulfilling. Kudos go out to all that make Wheels Of Success, Inc revolve! I LOVE my car as well...Volkswagen Bug...Thank You!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with and volunteering with Wheels of Success on and off for about a year now. I can honestly say the work that this organization does is astounding. Wheels makes such a difference in our community, truly changing the lives of its clients by keeping working families working. The organization's motto is absolutely true: 'sometimes the key to success...is simply a key'. From the outside, it can be difficult to understand the amount of work it takes to organize all of the moving parts that make Wheels' programs successful, but it is all worth it to see the look of joy on client's faces during car presentations and to hear about how their lives have changed by having reliable transportation. The outcomes of the programs are so impactful: many clients have reported receiving raises, promotions, improved health from being able to attend doctors appointments more regularly, being able to take their children to after-school activities. So, yes, this a non-profit that 'far exceeds expectations'!

Advisor

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing organization! One woman, Susan Jacobs, saw a need, had a vision and goal, and over the past 16 years has provided working families with more than 1000 new-to-them cars, all donated, all repaired to be safe and reliable, all enabling families to keep their jobs, get promotions, take their children to doctor appointments, buy groceries that can feed their entire family instead of only what can be carried home by hand. They can establish credit, get better homes. They are now contributing more fully to the local economy. They are referred by employers and social agencies. All cars are donated, all repairs are paid for through donations. This is a hand up, not a hand out--recipients pay a nominal amount for their car every month , take car care and financial responsibility classes, must do community service with the organization, and after one year receive the car title. This is hard work. It is inspiring work. The program focuses on four populations: veterans, those aging out of foster care, domestic violence victims, and caregivers. I am proud to have played a small role in helping to sustain and grow this worthy and unique organization. I have seen firsthand the difference this is making for so many families. Car presentations bring tears to the eyes, very moving to know a life has now been changed for the better.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jessica Bishop, a happy, proud car owner because of The Wheels Of Success Program. December 2018 me & my children had a 2016 Hyndaui Elentra given to us; at The 12 Days of Christmas give away by Wgeels of Success. Last week September 30, 2019 we made our last payment. Making us car owners!! Grade A program, when you put in the work, time & give back. I have earned two raises in my year of employment. Been able to take my children to doctor appointments, dance & family outings.
Thank you Wheels Of Success!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was presented with a "new to me" 2002 Honda Accord in March of 2016. I had recently earned a promotion, but due to the additional job responsibilities, I was told I had 30 days to get a car, or forfeit my promotion. After being referred by United Way, I was stunned when Susan called me just three days later to inform me that I would be receiving a car! My car has improved my life,my children's lives and the lives of those I serve at work. My commute used to be an hour and 10 minutes, 2 different buses and 2 miles of walking each way. Now my commute time is 12 minutes or less! This allows me to spend more quality time with my son, and I am home in time to cook a healthy meal, rather than order take-out. My son was about to enter high school when I received my Honda (that I named Grace!) We have been able to attend all of his high school functions, including homecoming, football games, orientation and more. I save money because now I can drive to the grocery store and get fresh food instead of being limited to "just what I can carry" from the "dollar store", the only food store within walking distance. We are able to go to preventative doctor appointments and recently, my son and his friends enjoyed a day at Chasco Fiesta, something that would have been hard to impossible to do prior to Grace. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't feel grateful for Grace and the ways that "she" has improved our lives. I thought I understood how much my life would change when Susan handed me the keys, but I had no idea that those keys would truly be my keys to success!

Client Served

Rating: 4

i'm especially excited to be able to do more for the people in my immediate community
and with this gift i can.
THE GIFT
Its always the season for giving here as THE WHEELS OF SUCCESS offers a two-fold gift to a Desert Storm Veteran, Angela Gilmore. "i'm gracious for the like-new Honda Accord gift and the amenities that accompany it; such as the maintenance and continual support toward staying a successful car owner through out my next car owning experience," Angela gleamed at the wheel of her new car. She is not just a government employee whose position depends on reliable transportation she fervently serves in the church choir as well as prayer ministry but found all the walking day or night, to be in attendance, taking a toll on her arthritic knees. Now shes elated about dedicating the gift as a gift to help some one else. " its not just to keep my job which depends heavily on being able to travel, but also will enable me to be more useful in the service of mission and outreach." Thanks a lot to all the staff and volunteers at Wheels of Success

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since getting my car i have kept stable income. Also i have the ability to take my kids to different parks as we love the outdoors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wheels of Success was a great program very loving and caring.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and myself received a car from wheels of success.. wheels of success a great organization. I am so happy and pleased.

Cassandra H K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work at Wheels of Success as a Marketing Coordinator helping with social media, website changes, email PR, Videos events and print graphics when needed. I think it is important to mention why I will go to the ends of the earth for this charity. Growing up my family was middle class and worked very hard but I watched over and over again my family and others struggle when the car broke down. The financial burden that would come close to destroying everything. On top of that was the domino effect it would cause because the parents couldn't or were at risk of not being able to get to work only compounding the problem. Every time I take pictures or video of a car going out I know it is one family that is in a far more stable position in life just because of that vehicle and the repair services that Wheels of Success provides.

John Linell Watts I.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board of Wheels in 2010 because I saw the great things they were doing to help Working Families who wanted to continue working and improve themselves. Over the years I have seen many success stories from our clients. Their stories would bring tears to your eyes on how they have improved their situations and in many cases moved up in their jobs to become leaders.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The thing that I appreciate most about Wheels of Success is that it is a hand up for folks in our great state that need transportation. They work with the applicants holistically on the car ownership so that they are setting people up for success!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Donated a car to them and saw it go to a very deserving young person who needed it in order to prevent her from losing her job and, potentially, losing her housing. Great organization who needs your support. Presently, I also sit on the board and am amazed at all of the great stories from the folks that Wheels helps.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard of wheels of success thur metropolitan ministries they accepted me in the car program they gave me a Nissan maxima 2003 it really helped me get back in forth from work in also to class to finish my Ged in all so too look for a better job I love the program it helped me out so much i no longer have to wait on bus too get to appointments in also helped me out picking my daughter up on time from school

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Navy veteran, I first came to be aware of Wheels Of Success, Inc. through a friend approximately 12-15 yrs. ago, but never followed up even though I needed a vehicle. So, fast forwarding, I acquired & lost a few vehicles over the yrs. and went through several job changes which prepared me for this point in my life. After an episode of being homeless, I entered the HUD/VASH program for homeless vets. Through my CWT counselor, I was reintroduced to the Wheels Of Success program & after visiting the Tampa HUD office one day, I walked further down the street & introduced myself to Susan Jacobs who was in the office & stated that she doesn't accept walk-ins, that I needed to be referred by an agency. However, she made an exception for me & the wheels started rolling, so to speak! First, I reacquired an apt., then, I was offered a position at the local veteran's hospital & with the generosity of someone who donated a vehicle that Wheels is repairing, I'm on the road to owning & driving a vehicle that will enhance my life & career in numerous & invaluable ways thanks to the Wheels Of Success, Inc. program.

Client Served

Rating: 4

such a wonderful organization. i highly stand for what these wonderful people do. i was lost for direction and traveling by foot/bus. I was taking jobs that were given to me and reciveing less than min wage from time to time. I had been bus bound my entire life after a life changing incident where my mother lost her car. once the car was lost the bus it was for us all. Now im a cellphone and electronics repiar technician (probably one of the best in tampa bay) i used to carry 30 lbs of tools in a tool bag and my laptop and other things in a backpack on my back. sometimes would carry fresh parts on public transportation or on foot. i did sometimes break brand new parts. that was horrible. however i recieved a call one day after filling an application and the call was wheel of success. They told me i had beed approved for a car and must attend a car care class and insure myself. i got the quote, and surprisingly was given a vehicle. since given the vehicle life has been a tremendous learning experience and a tremendous adventure. i no longer had the time restraints of the bus and bus schedules. i could carry tools and parts in my trunk. i was able to go mobile and fix more cell phones abroad. its honestly greatly appreciated what has been done for me.just want to say thanks Wheels of Success. thanks much for everything i definately dont mind volenteering with them even when i exhausted. again thanks wheels.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single mother in Pinellas and while most of my kids have grown up, I started over with my son, Brandon who is 7 years old. He is the light of my life and my whole world but struggles with Autism and has special therapeutic needs. Without a vehicle I had to depend on friends and my older children for rides EVERYWHERE. I could not stand being a burden on anyone, every time I had to ask my friends and family for rides it caused me a lot of anxiety. I had no choice the rides were needed to get to work or get necessitates like groceries when I couldn’t get there by bus. Although I was working full time without Wheels of Success it would have been impossible for me to get a vehicle due to my having poor credit, as well as no money for a down payment and high monthly car payments. My finances were already stretched to the max providing specialty therapy and all the extra needs that a child with Autism requires.
I am a very giving person and always a good friend, wanting to do nice things for all of those around me. As a Wheels of Success applicant i saw the organization’s needs and wanted to help. I came in for countless hours on many Saturdays, despite needing to obtain rides every time. The CEO saw my organizations skills, passion and willingness to go the extra mile and talked to me about a position with Wheels of Success. In order to take the position I needed a reliable vehicle, especially since I live in Pinellas and Wheels of Success’ office is in Tampa. I was presented with my “New to Me” 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer earlier this year and now I have my “Keys to Success”. The vehicle was made possible due to a grant from Bank of America expanding Wheels of Success’ programs in Pasco and Pinellas County. I am now working for Wheels of Success and I am happy I get to help other families like mine get vehicles they desperately need to get to work and maintain their independence.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wheel of Success has made a great impact on my life and I would like to thank them as well as the donors of the car that has changed my children’s and my life in so many ways. We were provided with a gate way to success and health. This vehicle has provided me with a way of not worrying about how I would have to continually have to take time off from work to take two to three buses to get to a doctor’s appointment.
About 3 years ago I was diagnosed with Gastroparesia an effect of bring a type one diabetic.
These illnesses have caused me to be in and out of the hospital numerous of times, visits to specialist. Doctors, and counselors put a strain on me physically and financially and risk of losing my job due to all the time I would have to take off trying yo make every appointment I could. Being a single mother of 2 teenaged girls with no other income was becoming very over whelming having to make sure we could make it to places when we needed, just a simple thing as going to the grocery store was straining. There were times that I thought I was going to lose my job because it was a all day process to take 2 sometimes 3 buses to get to a doctor’s appointment. When I got the call from Wheels of Success it was life changing my children and I now have the means and way of getting to appointments without having to worry about taking so much time off from work, my health has improved due to being able to make appointments and my children have been able to join activities and get jobs of their own. Without the help from Wheels of success and the donors I don’t think we would be in the place we are today so I would like to thank you and all your help and kindness and for this program that not only help me succeed but helping my family become more dependent and saving my health. I am truly thankful for being a part of this program and appreciate the car so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Disabled Veteran who was having difficulty regaining employment and,after 6 months of job searching and being on the verge of homelessness, I finally became reemployed and my CareerSource Tampa Bay DVOP Career Counselor, Michael Reulas, referred me to Wheels of Success. When I came to the car care class, I was driving a 1998 Mazda pickup with over 200,000 miles on it. Within my first month of employment, the clutch began to fail and I was facing a repair cost of over $1,300 as well as a loss of work time and pay as I had not worked long enough to earn any paid time off. When I contacted Wheels of Success with this news, they immediately set to work trying to find me a vehicle.
Within about 2 weeks, I received notification that a vehicle had been secured for me if I chose to accept it, which I gladly did.
I feel that Wheels of Success has significantly improved my life. I could not afford the necessary repairs to my previous vehicle and it was becoming less and less reliable.
Receiving a vehicle from Wheels of Success has eased a lot of stress, wondering if my vehicle will get me to and from work and other places. I had really cut my travels to the bare minimum in order to preserve the truck. With the vehicle I received from Wheels of Success, I feel I have reliable transportation I am a Disabled Veteran who was having difficulty regaining employment and,after 6 months of job searching and being
on the verge of homelessness, I finally became reemployed and my CareerSource Tampa Bay DVOP Career Counselor, Michael, referred me to Wheels of Success. When I came to the car care class, I was driving a 1998 Mazda pickup with over 200,000 miles on it. Within my first month of employment, the clutch began to fail and I was facing a repair cost of over $1,300 as well as a loss of work time and pay as I had not worked long enough to earn any paid time off. When I contacted Wheels of Success with this news, they immediately set to work trying to find me a vehicle.
Within about 2 weeks, I received notification that a vehicle had been secured for me if I chose to accept it, which I gladly did.
I feel that Wheels of Success has significantly improved my life. I could not afford the necessary repairs to my previous vehicle and it was becoming less and less reliable. Receiving a vehicle from Wheels of Success has eased a lot of stress,
wondering if my vehicle will get me to and from work and other places. I had really cut my travels to the bare minimum in order to preserve the truck. With the vehicle I received from Wheels of Success, I feel I have reliable transportation and a reliable repair shop that cares for the Wheels of Success vehicles. In addition, I have met new people and had fun volunteering at events that I would never have attended otherwise. and a reliable repair shop that cares for the Wheels of Success vehicles. In addition, I have met new people and had fun volunteering at events that I would never have attended otherwise.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Good morning! We are all excited in the Jones house about being blessed with a vehicle from Wheels of Success. My Broker, Mark called me last week and said he want me to take over Property Management for the brokerage! Duties include collecting payments, maintenance and more. I could not have accepted the new position without a vehicle. When I get my vehicle I will be able to take the reigns as the Property Manager of his company. Thank you Kathy, Susan and the rest of the staff and volunteers of Wheels of Success!
Yvette

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Right around my birthday in July 2016 I lost my car unintentionally. I felt devastated, and honestly did not exactly know what to do, but not to give up hope. Suddenly I was without any transportation, which made it hard not only to get my children to and from school, but to work as well. I was lucky the children were out of school, and if I would have not have my 17 year old daughter to watch her little brother and sister, I probably would have lost my job. About a year ago I got diagnosed with cancer and shortly thereafter my husband abandoned his family, and so I have been seeing a counselor at the Hillsborough Community College to cope with this situation. On one of my visits, I asked if he would know of any programs which may help me in the process of getting back transportation. So, he referred me to Wheels of Success. After my referral went in, I checked back with Wheels of Success, and talked to Susan, who asked me to attend without delay one of their car care classes. In the meantime, I have been walking every day a half hour to a bus stop to get to and home from work. Where I live, the bus stop is about a half hour away, and there is only 2 busses leaving in the morning and 2 coming back in the afternoon. When school started back up, I got 2 additional bikes, so I was able to ride with the two younger children to and from school. After dropping them off I was taking the bus to and from work. It happened on a few occasions that I missed the bus, and I had to ride my bike 20 minutes to catch another bus or ride the bike back home. These days where long for me and the children, and I barely got enough sleep, but I had to stay strong for my family. When Kathy finally called to tell me they have a car for me, I was so overwhelmed. I could not believe it at first until I have seen the car. The day I picked up my car made me feel so great. I was overly happy, and boy oh boy when I got the children, they were smiling all ears. I am finally able to get more rest, and not stress about to get on work on time or rely on someone else to pick up my children from school. Wheels of Success changed my life in the most positive way. I actually know I am loved by people and feel worth more than words can explain! A big THANK YOU to the Wheels of Success Team and to the person or family who donated the car, without your donation this would have not been possible!!!!

Sonja

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wheels of Success is a program that allowed me to keep my job. I was paying $34 daily on Uber and honestly I was just about out of saved funds to do that. My beautiful oldsmobile that wheels has assisted me in obtaining gets me to work, grocery store, and appointments for me and my children. Wheels has returned quality of life to me, and financial stability. I will always be grateful.
Sincerely,
Rebecca

Client Served

Rating: 5

A vehicle from Wheels of Success has blessed our family so much. My husband is able to work extra shifts at work. My 4 year old daughter and I no longer need to cross 60/Brandon Blvd. to make our bus from school to home. She can ride in the car to school, church, museum days, birthday parties, and sleep overs. We no longer have to walk to the grocery store with our stroller or pay for Uber. We can drive to the grocery store and Dr. Appts. I can stay for late parent teacher conference night's or meetings and drive home without worrying about how I will get home in the dark.

This week I am signing our daughter up for gymnastics at the ymca. Ymca' s in Brandon are not accessible by city bus. Last spring to do the free swim lessons during spring break. I walked 6 miles one day to get my daughter to and from the ymca by stroller. The rest of the week I paid for Uber to get her there. This time, it is a joy to be able to drive her to gymnastics class at the ymca.

Our dog was sick a few weeks ago. We drove to The Humane Society and waited at the clinic for cheaper Medical care. Without the car it would have taken all day to ride buses out there and more uncomfortable for our sick dog. Or we would have spent money on uber. Money we needed for our sick dog.

This car has blessed our family immensely. Thank you.

Emma

Client Served

Rating: 5

First, I'd like to thank Wheels of Success for giving me the opportunity to better myself and my family. I recently within the year, lost everything and have been trying to pick myself along with my three children. Which it has been the hardest, yet most humbling thing I've ever had to do. It's so reassuring that I don't have to worry about can my kids make it to tomorrow on time? Am I going to be able to make it to work tomorrow? Being without a vehicle, was my only obstacle, I have no doubt in my mind that I will be successful, now that I have my own vehicle, all thanks to Wheels of Success.
Sincerely,
Ida

Client Served

Rating: 5

A vehicle from Wheels of Success has blessed our family so much. My husband is able to work extra shifts at work. My 4 year old daughter and I no longer need to cross 60/Brandon Blvd. to make our bus from school to home. She can ride in the car to school, church, museum days, birthday parties, and sleep overs. We no longer have to walk to the grocery store with our stroller or pay for Uber. We can drive to the grocery store and Dr. Appts. I can stay for late parent teacher conference night's or meetings and drive home without worrying about how I will get home in the dark.

This week I am signing our daughter up for gymnastics at the ymca. Ymca' s in Brandon are not accessible by city bus. Last spring to do the free swim lessons during spring break. I walked 6 miles one day to get my daughter to and from the ymca by stroller. The rest of the week I paid for Uber to get her there. This time, it is a joy to be able to drive her to gymnastics class at the ymca.

Our dog was sick a few weeks ago. We drove to The Humane Society and waited at the clinic for cheaper Medical care. Without the car it would have taken all day to ride buses out there and more uncomfortable for our sick dog. Or we would have spent money on uber. Money we needed for our sick dog.

This car has blessed our family immensely. Thank you.

Emma

Client Served

Rating: 5

To those inquiring,
Hello, and hope were having a great day, i was asked by Wheels Of Success to write a paragraph as to how recieving my car has changed my life...well for starters i was taking the bus everyday carrying about 40-90 pounds on my back. As an electronics repair tech i needed to always carry tools, laptop, cards, hydration, snacks, and sometimes many toher things like customer laptops and customer cellphones. it would take me hours to get a part and facilitate a repair however since recieving my vehicle from wheels of success not only have i been able to sustain my job at local business 4CcellFix inc (located 4803 w hillsborough ave; ive even achieved another job that im training for manager or shift lead for at Burger King (quality dining). its been tough work and alot of strain on my body but it will all pay off and does pay of for me an my family when i make my bills and am able to even splurge a bit on a pair of shoes or an outfit. i have enoied taking my mother (who has arthritus in her knees) from fletcher ave to downtown tampa to the restraunt SHE works at at 5am so she dosent have to take a 9.6 mile bus ride.... its also nice to be able to take my sister to school if shes running late. i find myself happier and less depressed and i find myself to be more punctual than ive ever been (and i dont speed as i defanately cant afford a speeding ticket.) i now have an oppritunity to run repair out of a samll local business for myself while still working at burger king since they are training me for morning shift and yes i will still recieve the minimum hours to be part of the program (Wheels of Succes). i am very grateful and very happy with my actions and the help ive recieved over the past few months. thank you all who are involved. for any questions comments or concerns, feel free to write text call or email. thank you.

Steven

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am forever grateful for the Wheels of Success program and the kind women who work tirelessly to ensure that they help as many people as possible! The Wheels of Success program gifted me with a beautiful van for me and my 5 children and it is only through their generosity that I am to transport myself to work and my children to school each day in a safe and reliable vehicle. The Wheels of Success has been such a blessing during this difficult time in my life and I am very excited to pay it forward so that others can receive the same blessing. Thank you Wheels of Success, you mean so much to so many!

Layla

1

Donor

Rating: 1

We donated a vehicle to Wheels of Success and had to hound them to try and find out what happened to it. Nine months later, we still don't know. We will not be donating to them again.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started out as a volunteer for Wheels of Success. After a year volunteering I was so inspired by the mission, that I applied to be a Board Member. There is nothing else in our area doing what Wheels does to help the underserved. Providing transportation is essential to keeping people working, and engaged with their families. In addition to getting to work, our clients are able to get to their doctor, grocery, children's schools, just to name a few. Donating a car is a plus plus decision. Wheels gets to help a family and the donor gets the write off.

2 Luis5

Board Member

Rating: 5

WE are supported financially by donations from our local community, fund racing events and board of directors direct contribution such as myself. We are not supported directly by either the federal or state government. What set us apart from all other non-profits is that we manage to help over 150 families annually with only two full time and two part time employees, for every dollar donated to Wheels of Success, 90 cents goes directly to our clients, our Board of Directors are the finest in the world as they are a working board not just for the recognition. All of our clients are required to provide 3 hours a month of volunteer work in order to help the next person waiting for assistance. In addition we provide training in both car maintenance and financial literacy to all of our clients; all our clients "Pay-forward" toward the repairs of their vehicle, the vehicle is free so that the donor would get full tax credit in their donation regardless of the condition of the donated vehicle.
LUIS A. DE LA TORRE

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wheels of Success (WOS) is a wonderful organization, providing a variety of transportation services that changes lives. Individual's referred for services to WOS consistently rank their experience as life changing for them individually and for their family members. WOS's clients are able to secure jobs and advance in their careers, thanks to reliable transportation, the absence of which may have impeded these opportunities. In addition, WOS's "pay it forward" philosophy encourages those individuals to express their appreciation by giving back to the community as WOS volunteers. The significant impact to the community provided by WOS and its "pay it forward" philosophy both make me proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered my time with Wheels of Success on many occasions and I never have felt that it was time wasted. They were precise and to the issue when it came to planning a volunteer project. No one stood idly by and watched others work and it was a great solidarity moment and community gathering that made you feel like you truly helped others. I will volunteer with Wheels of Success anytime they ask and I have the time. It is a worth while organization and worth my time.

Amber

1

Donor

Rating: 5

If you are looking for an organization you can get excited about, one that is making a significant impact in the Tampa Bay community, look no further! I have been a believer in Wheels of Success (WOS) since the very beginning, when Founder & CEO, Susan Jacobs, was forming the non-profit back in 2003. After serving as the first Board Secretary, I moved to the Advisory Committee, where I have continued to stay involved, both as a donor and volunteer. By providing a hand up, rather than a hand out, through a variety of transportation services, WOS is changing lives, both for the individual referred for services by an employer or community agency, as well as for their family members. With their "pay it forward" philosophy, those helped by WOS are able to express their gratitude by volunteering with the organization, which also helps control administrative/operations expenses.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a vehicle through Wheels of Success a year ago. The vehicle wasn't perfect and it had its problems, but the care and attention that I received from the staff was unprecedented. They insured that I had reliable transportation throughout my entire year with the program! My life turned completely around so much in that one year that I was able to trade my car back into the Organization and I was able to purchase another one through a different program offered and began building positive credit. I owe my successes and getting back on my feet to this organization. I would have never been able to do half of the things I have without their assistance and standing behind me with things were tough.

1 Bobby9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for over a month after my friend told me about this organization. I recently lost my job, and this organization opened its door to allow me to use their resources to help me find a job, while I assisted with my office and IT skills. I saw numerous people come in and out, all of them excited about being able to get to and from work. It’s amazing to see how having a car can really change someone’s life. They are not relining on public transportation or spending way more than they can afford for a used car. This organization is all about helping people in the community. I’m so proud to be a part of this great organization and seeing the effects it has on the people in the community. As I get ready to start my new job, I still plan to make time to continue to volunteer to help others as they helped me.

1 Allison44

Donor

Rating: 5

When serving as the President of The Junior League of Tampa, I had the opportunity to give the keys of an automobile to a deserving youth aging out of foster care and getting her life back together. It was wonderful to be able to change her life and provide the funds for her vehicle.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently moved to tampa with my elderly father and daughter. We have had no transportation for about two years. My oldest brother found this organization that helps people like me. I came in to do my interview and I absolutely love rebecca and susan. They are truly angels from God. They love their job. I have been put into a vehicle and I can finally drop my daughter off to school. Get to work. Actually now I can have a lttle mommy time. Thank you wheels of success for everything you do.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Coming into this program I was extremely surprised and humbled by how much they cared for my day to day life. They cared about how much I struggled to get to work and take my daughter to school, how it was an uphill battle for me to get on my feet every day and do what I needed to do to keep earning money and keep my daughter healthy.

From meeting Susan and Rebecca for the first time I knew I could believe in them and this program. Coming to the ceremony to receive my car was very surreal. Driving away from the event with my car felt like I was driving away from all my burdens. I was so relieved and happy to show my little girl our new way around.

Since receiving my car I have been able to bring my life to a steady cruise. I can make it to work everyday, I can make it to work events I am required to attend. I can bring my daughter to school and pick her up on time. I can bring her to the park and get home in time to cook dinner. On the weekends I can run my errands and have fun with my daughter.

Every day I get into my car, I remember when it used to me getting on a bike, me worrying about if it was going to make it across the bridge or me worrying about my ride getting there on time. Every morning before I start my day, I remember Susan and Rebecca and I feel like everything is getting better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never been so grateful to be a part of a organization such as Wheels Of Success. It has changed my life in many ways. i recently got a car from this amazing program. I am now able to transport myself back and forth to work after 10 years of riding the bus with 3 kids. I spent hours on the bus daily, in the rain, ext. I was so tired . Spent many days praying for a car. It is now with such a great program that i have a car. Since this time i have gained more hours at work and am able to do simple things the grocery store, kids activities and actually get to work on time. A car has made my life so less stressful and i am forever grateful for the program. People lives are forever changed by just the people who care enough to help others succeed in life and sometimes all we need is a little help such as a car.

Jennifer303

Donor

Rating: 5

Wheels of success removes one of the most common barriers to success -- a car to go to work in!! It's simple and yet so necessary. Wheels is a game changer for so many people and a springboard to greater things for so many. The fact that it's a pay-it-forward arrangement makes it even more special.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be involved with this organization. Peoples lives are forever changed by making reliable transportation a reality for families struggling to make ends meet. Keep up the great work Susan and team!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I learned of Wheels of Success, Inc. when a friend asked me to volunteer and an event in which it was participating. I commuted with the CEO Susan Jacobs and was amazed at her commitment to helping people succeed. Wheels of Success offers more than a car by helping their clients – veterans, caregivers, the working poor and children aging out of foster care - to accomplish their goals. Each client has the opportunity to purchase their vehicle through a no-interest financing program that accepts volunteer time for payments. The program lasts only a year and allows the client to walk away with the title to his or her “new car” and a sense of achievement. I have heard the stories of success from the program which have brought tears to my eyes. Wheels of Success is a wonderful charity and is an excellent example of how the community can empower their own.

LaDelma H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wheels for success has helped me and my children greatly. I am single mom trying to make on my own wheels for success made it possible for me to get to work so i can take care of my kids. by giving me a min Van. i am so happy and my kids are to.

Client Served

Rating: 4

a great program with an awesome mission. Its nice to know that other Americans are in the business of helping one another at a time of trouble. Every effort to assist was greatly appreciated and I would recommend WOS to my community as a valuable resource.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about Wheels of Success at their 2012 RACE event. After hearing the touching stories of how they helped so many families, I knew I had to get involved. I became a board member shortly thereafter. I am proud to be a part of organization and to help them strive to acheive their mission of providing reliable transportation to families to keep them working!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wheels of Success has helped hundreds of families and individuals in the Tampa Bay area. The organization's hand up, not a hand out approach has been a God send to these low income people who are struggling to hold down a job while raising families or continuing their education.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I've been able to see first-hand the good work that Wheels of Success performs in the community, and with little overhead. Leadership is committed and passionate about the Wheels mission.

veronica.life3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wheels of Success (WOS) is truly amazing and definitely a God Sent!!! WOS is an organization who serves in many ways helping lives change and never the same by providing cars to working individuals one car at a time. I am a survivor of domestic violence for five years now and Wheels of Success has become more than just a non-profit who really cares about individuals... we are family. They are very supportive family centered individuals teaming up for a great cause to support the advantage of truly overcoming adversities. I actively support and advocate back as well as encourage others to step up and be a voice. A blessing to know the confirmaton we all Win while God is Working the God Sents with one key detail at a time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wheels has saved my life and allowed me to move forward. With my car from Wheels I've been able to get promoted in my job and have a better life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity was awesome they catered to my needs and worked very fast to get me in a vehicle... I fell on bad time do to the ecomony and losing my job, so I lost my car had to catch a ride with a co worker and sometime the bus. Then one day a friend of mine went to my employer and told them about the program and my employed help me get in to a car....

Alyssa W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me out so much by giving me a car. It really helped me with shopping, working, and seeing my family and friends. Instead of borrowing someone else's car or taking the bus, I had my own! I'm glad they could help me.

1 Marleen G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated two of our company vans to Wheels of Success. The recipient of one van used his to begin a business for his family. Economic empowerment!

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hi my name is Linda, I am married and have three children/ young adults. Our vehicle went down in Aug. It was dangerous to drive and we did not have the finances to fix it at the price that our locol repair places quoted us. As a family of five it was very challenging not to have a vehicle to get us where we needed to go. My family was essentially home bound with the exception of doctor appointments that we were able to keep if we had a ride arranged other wise we would have to cancell them. Shopping was a challenge indeed. Getting to work for me was a challenge indeed. I would catch the bus if I was unable to catch a ride from a coworker. I would have to leave the house 2 and 1/2 hours before my work time to get to ork on time. My husband had a very bad injury back in October of last year he has multiple breaks in his right let, had 2 surgeries, and still has to use a walker to assist him. He has other health issued that had to be put on hold due to not having transportation,COPD, and hypothyroidism to name 2. He would have times where he could not breath and would pass out as well. A child was diagnosed with orthostatic hypotension, meaning his blood pressure can drop so low it causes him to pass out. My daughter has had health issues that constantly have her in distress, The doctor just recently were aftaid she had a brain tumor, Thank the lord she doesn't but we are still in the midst of an answer. My oldest is a migrain sufferer and has had to go to the ER to get them under controll when they are bad enough. I work full time and I have an auto immune disease that is a life long debilitating disease, I had to have surgery last year and am facing another surgery within the next month.
I can not express the relief when we were pick to get a vehicle and finally have the much needed and necessary transportation to give us the ability to better take care of our health needs and all our needs in general! It has been so amazing to regain the power to be in charge again with out having to rely on others to get me/ us where we needed to go! They were very pleasant, they work with you, they do their best to accomidate you and make sure that all goes smoothly. We get AAA, which is great to know we can get help if we need to. Also we even get a warrenty that they stand by.
A co worker told me about this program to help keep families with jobs in wheels to keep their job it is totally awesome that there is this great, helpful and worth while program for those who need it!
Thank you to everyone at Wheels of success for making our family mobile again!

Darlene P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Darlene Pounds, I came to get help because am a sinlge parent of a three year old. I difficult get to work and to doctors appointments for me and my son. I hadto take three bus to and from work everyday, which two hours each. Me and my son would thirty min early to appointments, and if I had an appointment I had to leave the house two to three hours early. With wheelsofsuccess they help me not to have to leave the house so.
If it is rain that is the wosrted because bus are always lae which make you late for what every you had to do that day. I just want to say thank you.