Vehicles for Change-Detroit is changing lives through vehicle donations and bringing families full circle into financial independence while rejuvenating our communities. Using donated vehicles, we are helping low income families into stable employment while increasing access to community supports in addition to training men and women to become certified automotive mechanics, using those very same donated vehicles as a tool for learning. By creating career paths for Detroiters and building our communities up, we've created a dual path approach to economic recovery in Detroit. Vehicles for Change-Detroit has chosen to separate from the norm and think creatively in solving issues to improve our lives in Michigan.
Vehicles for Change-Detroit Full Circle Training Center trains returning citizens and other un/underemployed members of our communities as paid trainees at its auto repair facility on Detroit’s eastside. Trainees receive hands-on instruction as well as Michigan and national Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification training. Our recently opened Full Circle Service Center provides reduced labor rate vehicle repairs for lower income residents and families in the metro Detroit area communities. Vehicle repairs are performed by the auto mechanic trainees in our Full Circle Training Center under the supervision of their master mechanic instructors. Utilizing a social enterprise model, the funds from the auto repair service center benefit the mission of VFC-Detroit.
While there are other car donation programs operating in Detroit, there is only one that employs this “Full Circle” opportunity by contributing to both the community and economy of Detroit...and that is Vehicles for Change-Detroit (VFC-D). “From donated car, to automotive training for the un/underemployed, to mobility and financial independence for low income families, VFC-D strives to replicate its history of success in the mid-Atlantic region to make a positive impact in greater Detroit.” Vehicles for Change-Detroit, an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, changes lives and empowers individuals along with our local economy.
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