Without reliable transportation, Janine Giovino, a single mother of two boys came to A & E Autos 4 The Needy seeking help. As the sole provider for her family, Janine was dealt a significant blow when she went through a difficult divorce and lost her job. With only the limited public transportation available in Charlotte County to rely on, it was difficult for her to gain new employment. Janine was forced to spend a significant portion of her monthly budget on cab fare, just to satisfy the basic needs of her family, like groceries and laundry. Each trip required advance planning, careful coordination of schedules and extra money to get back and forth. If one of her children were sick at school, Janine was unable to pick them up, take them to the doctor or even make a quick trip to the pharmacy for medicine. As Janine said, “I found myself feeling alone”.
On March 19, 2016, after completing the program application and meeting the requirements, Janine became the first recipient of a vehicle donated by A & E Autos 4 The Needy. She received a 2000 Mercury Villager, perfect for her young family. The car had been donated by a concerned community member, local businesses donated the parts needed, and A & E Auto Repair donated the labor required to get the car in safe, working condition.
Since that day, Janine’s life has changed immensely. She obtained her HHA license and is currently employed by two home health agencies. Adding to her self-sufficiency, Janine is now able to supplement her income by traveling to local vendor fairs to sell her homemade jewelry and home decor.
Janine is a proud example of the impact that A & E Autos 4 The Needy can have on not just one person, but also the greater community. As a mother, Janine is able to better provide and care for her children. Her opportunities for employment greatly increased. She and her children are able to spend more free time together and less of their money trying to fulfill basic needs. Through the kindness of our community, A & E Autos 4 The Needy was able to have a positive impact on the future of this family.
In August of 2017, Janine was the first to complete the Autos 4 the Needy program. In 17 months, Janine learned how to properly maintain her vehicle and the importance of budgeting for repairs and maintenance. Janine was given the hand up she needed to be able to relocate back to NY to be closer to her friends and family. Janine has told us “Without a vehicle, none of this would have been possible. I will be forever grateful to Autos 4 the Needy for providing reliable transportation, which was the vehicle I needed to come this far”