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Car donation fuels Wood County woman’s hope

Alice Mullins, a client with Jobs and Hope, received this 2009 Mazda 5 from the Good News Mountaineer Garage. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Tears of joy were shed when Alice Mullins learned she was receiving a car from the Good News Mountaineer Garage.

Jobs and Hope, an organization helping those in recovery get back into the workplace, partnered with the Good News Mountaineer Garage to provide some of their clients with vehicles.

Since 1999, Good News Mountaineer Garage has helped “fellow West Virginians get on the road to independence” by taking in cars that can be easily repaired and fix them up to give to low income families.

In the partnership with Jobs and Hope, the garage agreed to give 50 cars to 50 Jobs and Hope clients, two of which are Wood County residents.

Mullins, one of the recipients, is nearing her 15th month of sobriety.

Through her journey, she received help from the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, Jobs and Hope and Drug Court.

Through these programs, she was able to earn her GED, pay utility bills and find clothes for work.

“There’s just a lot of women who help and it’s important for women in this town to know they have support,” she said.

When Mullins found out she would be getting a 2009 Mazda 5, she said she felt grateful and blessed.

“I was so excited. I was asking for rides and having to ride the bus,” Mullins said. “It means a lot to me. I’m getting ready to start a job at St. Joe’s and I’m really excited that I’ll have a way to work and I’ll be able to help other people in recovery with rides,” she said.

For others in the community who are struggling with recovery or realize they need help, Mullins encourages those people to utilize the resources available to them.

“Don’t give up. Definitely look at all the things they have to offer. With all three of those (programs), it has changed my life tremendously. All the help from those three program has helped me to where I am today,” she said.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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