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.

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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!

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Step 2: Responsibility

The survivor applies for a car and once approved (meeting all basic self-care criteria) she signs a contract to:

  1. Keep up maintenance of the automobile
  2. Keep the automobile clean
  3. 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)
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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.

Survivor Stories

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!

“I When I came to PATH I had just turned 18. I really didn’t think of driving and never took drivers ed. School was about sneaking out. Once the rapes started I didn’t care. The last thing on my mind was driving.
After I was at PATH for about a half year I wanted to start seeing my mom and going to college so I wanted a car to do that. A man donated his old BMW. A BMW! I don;t even care how old it is. I mean, who’s ever gonna own a BMW!
Man, I washed that thing all the time. It was shiny white. I started working at the PATH Work Program when I wasn’t at school and when the year was over, I got the title. I wanted to frame it and put it on my wall. I still have the money in my Car Account cause I’m kinda afraid to spend it. It’s the best car ever and I’m never gonna sell it.” – Brisa

Brisa and the Best Car Ever!

“I When I came to PATH I had just turned 18. I really didn’t think of driving and never took drivers ed. School was about sneaking out. Once the rapes started I didn’t care. The last thing on my mind was driving.
After I was at PATH for about a half year I wanted to start seeing my mom and going to college so I wanted a car to do that. A man donated his old BMW. A BMW! I don;t even care how old it is. I mean, who’s ever gonna own a BMW!
Man, I washed that thing all the time. It was shiny white. I started working at the PATH Work Program when I wasn’t at school and when the year was over, I got the title. I wanted to frame it and put it on my wall. I still have the money in my Car Account cause I’m kinda afraid to spend it. It’s the best car ever and I’m never gonna sell it.” – Brisa

Zoe’s Savings

“PATH taught me how to drive and then I got the car. After about 4 months I got a flat tire and they said I had to get a new one. I didn’t want to spend the money on it because I had been saving and I had never saved before so I didn’t want to spend my money out of it. PATH showed me how to look around for cheaper tires so I got one. I like having my own car. I don’t I will ever git rid of it.” – Zoe

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