Working Wheels Matches Re-Entry Clients With Reliable Cars

Mike Campbell, Car Flow Manager for Working Wheels, shakes hands with Brent Bailey, Program Coordinator for the Re-Entry Council of Buncombe County

Representatives from Working Wheels (formerly Wheels4Hope Asheville) and the Re-Entry Council of Buncombe County have formed a partnership that enables clients of the Re-Entry council to access affordable, reliable vehicles.

Amanda Mothershead, the first referral from the Re-Entry Council to Working Wheels, recently purchased a 1998 Honda Accord for $500.

“I’m in recovery with 22 months clean,” she said. “I messed my life up while using. I lost everything including my kids. Since getting clean, I’ve regained custody of them and held down continuous employment. Owning my own vehicle will make my day-to-day activities much more doable.”

Working Wheels repairs and recycles donated cars, transforming them into working wheels for working families. We know that reliable transportation is critical to survive and thrive in this community, allowing people to care for their basic needs, remain employed, and spend time with their children. A car that starts opens the door to education, employment, and an improved quality of life.

Our collaborative model bolsters the work of 12 trusted partners by placing the vehicles with their clients – the ones they believe need them the most. The current partners are

  • ABCCM’s Steadfast House
  • Asheville Housing Authority’s Self-Sufficiency Program
  • Community Action Opportunities
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Helpmate
  • Homeward Bound
  • Green Opportunities
  • Mary Benson House
  • Nurse Family Partnership
  • OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling
  • Our Voice
  • Re-Entry Council of Buncombe County
  • YWCA

For more information, visit www.buncombecounty.org/jrc or www.workingwheelswnc.org.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.