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Wheels of Success, Inc.

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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

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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!