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Thursday, May 26 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Vehicles for Change: Presentation of the Keys

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The Vehicles for Change inc. car award during Start Up Week aims to inspire conversation around the mobility needs of Detroiters.  Mobility is one of the important factors in gaining financial independence.   If you do not have access to reliable transportation how can you advance your quality of life?  

Join us in answering the action by giving a hand up to those in the Detroit area. On May 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Masonic Temple main entrance we will hand the keys to three vehicles over to the recipients of the program.

You can also find out how to support the program during this event.   

**Our rain location for this event will be the grand entryway on the West side of the Masonic temple. Please enter through the normal doors in the case of rain and our team will direct you.

About Vehicles for Change:

Vehicles for Change Inc. (VFC) empowers families with financial challenges to achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership and technical training.
In 1999, VFC began building a sustainable car award and automotive training programs. VFC took its first step towards national expansion by opening up its second location in Detroit, Michigan in 2015.  This is all possible by vehicle donations from the public, VFC receives 99 percent of its car donations from the public. We repair cars that meet our quality standards and award them for as little as $850 to eligible families, who are referred to us by social service agencies.

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Tim Becker

Chief Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Tim Becker is chief deputy director for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. | | Becker previously served as chief deputy director for the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and as the senior deputy director for Operations Administration, where he was responsible for the MDCH’s budget, finance, auditing and purchasing. | | During his tenure at MDCH, the state implemented several successful transformation... Read More →
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Jill Ford

Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, City of Detroit
Jill Ford heads the city of Detroit’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. She came to Detroit from the San Francisco Bay Area, where as an angel investor and advisor she transformed emerging businesses using strategies forged in mobile gaming. Ms. Ford brings a wealth of global leadership in the mobile and games industries. Her experience includes heading Disney Mobile’s worldwide distribution to mobile manufacturers and running... Read More →
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Teresa McFadden

Director of Operations, Vehicles for Change
Teresa has been with VFC for 6 years with over 9 years experience in the non-profit industry; working previously with Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake with accounts receivable and retail management. In 2000, Teresa started her career at Baltimore City Public Schools system in the Individualized Education Program for students with special needs. She studied business management and is also well versed in automotive repairs, parts and... Read More →
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Louis D. Piszker

CEO, Wayne Metro CAA
As the CEO of Wayne Metro Community Action Agency it is my responsibility to uphold the agency's mission to empower low-income people and strengthen communities through diverse services, leadership and collaboration. Leading the programmatic, financial and information systems and economic development activities for the community action agency serving low-income persons in 43 communities in Wayne County, I oversee a budget exceeding $40 million... Read More →
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Martin Schwartz

President, Vehicles for Change
Martin SchwartzPresident, Vehicles for ChangeBS in Accounting and MGA in Information Systems Design – University of MarylandMartin started Vehicles for Change (VFC) in April 1999 with a $30,000 grant. The program awarded its first car in Carroll County, Maryland awarding 5 cars per month. Martin has directed an expansion that including MD, VA, MI, PA, NY, MA and NH. VFC has changed the lives of more than 13,000 individuals through the... Read More →

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