By the time she was 60, Joyce was disabled and unable to work. To make matters worse, her car, a 20-year-old Buick, was unreliable although she'd spent $600 to try to keep it running."It was a pretty gray time," she said. Even surgeries on her feet and knees failed to enable her to work. "I was out of commission for quite some time."Then, through a friend at her church, Joyce learned of a new local nonprofit called Fix It Forward Ministry that fixes cars and even provides donated cars for those in need.
Because she was in the midst of applying for disability benefits, she was qualified for assistance through the volunteer program, which works in partnership with other nonprofits and social service providers to identify those in need. Joyce was willing to wait for a car, since she is able to walk in the warmer months. But once winter settles in, and sidewalks turn icy, her mobility becomes extremely limited.
After a few months, the phone rang—a 1996 Cadillac Seville was available, just in time for Christmas. The car came fully loaded, she said. "A lot of miles, but still in running order." "It was kind of a divine intervention. It was right before the snow. It was like the heavens opened up.