Your used car can be a HUGE blessing to a survivor through the PATH car program.
Your car donation makes it possible for a survivor feel truly free as she drives to school or work in her very own car.
Our Car Program
Your car donation is a powerful vehicle to independence, allowing survivors to break free from the bonds of the sex industry.
When a victim first comes to PATH, she rarely has anything. No clothing, food, toiletries – nothing. When she is given a bed with clean sheets, a place to bathe and a meal, she often gets good sleep for the first time in weeks or months, and sometimes even years. Often, seeing a doctor, getting started with a therapist and beginning on the most basic life skills such as brushing teeth is needed way before progressing to job skills or re-entering school. This can take a year or more.
Step 1: Eligibility
Once the survivor is ready, she works with the therapeutic treatment team to develop a plan for the future (learn more here). When possible, this plan includes learning to get places on her own…enter Car Program!
Step 2: Responsibility
The survivor applies for a car and once approved (meeting all basic self-care criteria) she signs a contract to:
- Keep up maintenance of the automobile
- Keep the automobile clean
- Deposit 20% of her income in her Car Account, like making car payments but to herself. (an account set up in her name at her bank)
Step 3: Ownership
If she can keep up with this for one full year (we do surprise spot checks on the car and car account) we give her the title to the vehicle. She now has a car of her own and a savings so she can continue maintenance or put both together and trade for a new vehicle. This has been hugely successful in helping survivors reach a new level of independence.
Brave girls, ages 4-40, tell of the darkness that invaded their lives, and the light that followed.
Alyssa’s 1st Car
“I never had a car of my own. A guy I met in high school talked me into leaving home when I was 16 and moving to Florida to be a dancer. I was with him, his friends and the other girls for 4 years. I had no idea what was happening. I think I was blinded to what was going on until one of the guys almost killed me. I knew I would soon be dead if I didn’t leave so I somehow made it home to Arkansas and to PATH. After about a year I was given a car through the Car Program. It was a small, blue SUV and even though it was kidna old, it was new to me. I loved that thing! I babied that car like it was a child. LOL. After a year I got the title and I felt like my whole world changed. That was the first thing I ever really owned on my own like that. I keep working and saving. I’m not sure if I will get something else yet. I really like this one.” – Alyssa
Brisa and the Best Car Ever!
Brisa and the Best Car Ever!
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