Raising a four-year old daughter while attending college full time is not easy – especially for Brittany, a single mother who lacked personal transportation.
“I was walking to school every day, no matter the weather conditions,” Brittany said. “Eventually, I began walking my daughter to daycare. This was unfortunate, because she was sick a lot and frequently needed to visit the hospital. Not having a car, I had to beg people to take us. Oftentimes, I would panic.”
Brittany was referred to Goodwill Cars to Work in 2013 through the Ready to Work program, which provides students with work-study opportunities, support services, and academic and employment counseling.
Brittany paid off her car loan in 2015 and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work. She also serves as president of Murray State University’s Social Work Club and is a human rights commissioner on campus. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Brittany has plans to obtain a master’s degree.
“Becoming involved in social work is a way for me to pay it forward,” Brittany said. “Before, I didn’t even have means to get to the grocery store. Now, I feel comfortable and confident knowing I can provide for my daughter. The program—especially the warranty—has saved me. Without it, I don’t know where I would be.”