As a single mother caring for four children on her own, ages of 3 years to 18, Evangeline has had to overcome many obstacles to keep them safe. In 2019, when she and her children became homeless, she made the decision to give up her vehicle to the finance company in order to pay for her family to afford a hotel stay. She kept working at UC Health in Aurora, but had to use public transportation. While grateful to find a place in Arvada for low income families, Evangeline’s commute became more difficult. She had to spend up to four hours daily traveling back and forth for work. When the pandemic hit in February 2020 she was given the opportunity to work remotely, which was helpful but brought new challenges. She had to get work done while helping her children access school from home, and with daycare no longer available for her three-year-old, had to keep him occupied.
Evangeline found Hands through a Google search in October 2020, applied to obtain one of the vehicles that had been donated to Hands, and was approved. Shortly after, she fell into a financial hardship and had to use her savings to feed her children. With the holidays coming, and food being expensive, she passed on the first vehicle offered to her by Hands. After the beginning of the year Evangeline called saying, “I am finally here.” She was ready to be placed in a vehicle.
On Friday, February 12, Evangeline received her “new” Toyota Sienna in the parking lot outside the offices of Galloway & Company, Inc. Galloway sponsored the placement with a cash donation that covered the servicing of the vehicle. Evangeline noted that this was the right time to get her van knowing she would soon be commuting again to work in Aurora. Evangeline loves surprising her children. She kept the vehicle placement a secret and was excited to hurry home to see the look on their faces when they saw the van. It’s been a long road. Evangeline is “finally here” in her Sienna and with the Hands community behind her.