Working cars for working people helps metro Detroiters

It's a program that's helping people get to their jobs and it all started with a couple who wanted to do some good.

"Lack of a vehicle is such a stumbling block for someone who's just trying to work hard and earn a living and make a good life for themselves," said Robin Schwartz from the Here to Help Foundation. 

On a snowy, sleety, freezing rainy kind of Tuesday, the warmth comes from within the hearts of those you see embracing.

"I appreciate everything," said Sincere Wenning. Bob and Robin Schwartz presenting her with the keys to her own Ford Taurus. 

Eight years ago the Schwartz' started the Here to Help Foundation, funded with their own money and small donations. They buy cars from Volunteers of America in Pontiac.

"For people who don't have cars or transportation to get to work and they're working full time like that, we purchase the cars for them," said Schwartz.

Hundreds of cars later, the Here to Help Foundation has helped people leave behind freezing bus stops and unreliable bus schedules. People like 23-year-old Taylor Thorpe, who now has a Saab to drive to her brand new job at Quicken Loans downtown.

"I really appreciate this opportunity," said Taylor Thorpe. "This is a great blessing and I'm really thankful for it." 

Wenning plans to use her car to not only get to work, but to the store, where she can get things to help others, like paying it forward.

"You guys are so nice. I really appreciate you so much," said Wenning "This is going to help me to continue to help the people in my neighborhood, the elderly people. I can get out to the stores." 

The Schwartz' buy the cars, maximum price of $2500 from Volunteers of America and that's just the Working Cars for Working People Program. The foundation also helps about 500 people in other ways throughout the year.

Online: www.heretohelpfoundation.org

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