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GillianBerardi

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Review for Wheels of Success, Inc., Tampa, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Client Served