Three Dutchess families receive vehicles from the “Way to Work” program
POUGHKEEPSIE – Three low-income residents of Dutchess County are given vehicles through the county’s ‘Way to Work’ program to help them find and keep employment, providing them with reliable transportation to and from work and to recover.
Launched in 2001, the program is aimed at residents from families benefiting from temporary assistance for needy families or whose family income is below 200% of the poverty line.
“Today’s recipients earn more than a vehicle today; they gain hope for a better future for themselves and their families in the form of reliable transportation that can take them to work and to the grocery store, as well as to their children’s school and to doctor’s appointments, ”County Director Marc Molinaro said.
Cars come from local used car dealers, who receive training – such as car maintenance and defensive driving, as well as assistance in obtaining a learner’s license or driver’s license. The program also offers driver experience training, car maintenance instruction, and auto repairs.
Since the start of the program, more than 3,500 families have benefited from it, providing 900 cars, including several data to local veterans, as well as car insurance registration and filing.
Among Tuesday’s recipients is a single mother of two sons, who works full time to support her family and create a better future for them.
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