During the height of COVID-19 closures and domestic violence shelters filling up rapidly, Cari and her two sons fled their home with only a few belongings and her car.
CTL found the family a safe home, but Cari lost her job within weeks due to the continued COVID closures. Without income to make the car payments, Cari's car was repossessed.
Determined, Cari found new employment, but without a car she was caught in a catch-22. So, sacrificing a portion of each paycheck, Cari relied on Uber to get to and from work daily.?
It was about that time is when CTL friend Alicia Thoms called to donate a car to a family in need. As an active CTL volunteer and donor, Alicia knows how small challenges can loom large for
families in poverty, which is why she decided to tangibly help by gifting a car to Cari over Christmas.
While CTL does not accept donated cars, the connection between the two women was made, and a huge barrier on Cari's path out of poverty was finally removed.
Today, with a reliable car, Cari is able to get to work regularly, where she has full benefits for herself and children. With her family safely and stably housed, her children in school and
Cari working, this family is solidly on the path from poverty to prosperity.