MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana-based non-profit Driving Hope provides transportation to those in need while also striving to build a youth center that focuses on trades training.
The organization's mission is to provide a "hand up, not a handout" by giving vehicles to deserving candidates who are ready to take on the responsibility of car ownership.
"The whole goal of driving hope is to put hope back into the community and transportation is huge in a rural community, which is essentially all of Montana,” Founder and President of Driving Hope Robert Bradford said.
Montana is a state where lack of access to reliable transportation can be a major barrier to gaining any traction in the workforce. Bradford believes that the youth center they hope to build will provide training opportunities in various trades from barista work to welding and give hope to those who may not be able to attend college.
One of the most heartwarming moments for the organization was when a couple from a church donated two vehicles in great condition to the cause, including a 10-year-old car with only 110,000 miles on it.
They were able to give one of the vehicles to a deserving low-income single older woman who had been walking to and from work for a long time and could not afford a reliable car.
The non-profit aims to give hope and empowerment to those they serve and are intentional about finding deserving candidates who are ready to take on the financial and emotional responsibilities of car ownership.
Driving Hope is committed to making a positive impact in their community and helping those in need.
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