Wheels for Women

Newgate School’s Transportation Assistance Program for Single Moms

Newgate School is a place where donated cars make new lives. No place is it more heartwarming than through our “Wheels for Women” program. 

Through your generous donations, Newgate School assists single moms with complimentary cars and vans. We’ve learned that reliable transportation is often the key to success in the early stages of a single mom’s transition to self-sufficiency.

If you need transportation assistance, or know someone who does, please review our selection criteria below.  Do you or someone you know meet these requirements?

  • You are a resident of the 7-county Metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties) and have lived in this area for at least 1 year.
  • You are a single female head-of-your-household with one or more dependent children living with you (children under 18yrs of age).
  • Your children of school age are enrolled in school.
  • You are currently working full-time, and have been working full-time for at least 6 months.
  • You have a valid State of Minnesota driver's license.
  • The State of Minnesota requires proof of auto insurance before the ownership of a vehicle can be transferred to a new owner.  
  • Your current annual income doesn’t exceed $35,000.
  • You do not own a vehicle or do not have a vehicle available to your household.
  • You’re able to provide information for verification when requested to do so.

If you meet the requirements above, please complete our online-only "Wheels" Application Form.

Here’s what happens next:

  1. The Newgate Wheels for Women Coordinator reviews the applications. 
  2. The Newgate Selection Committee screens and ranks all qualified applicants.
  3. A small group of applicants will be contacted for additional information and verification.
  4. Decisions are made, and all applicants are notified.  Selected applicants will receive “Wheels” cars.

Since 2002, Newgate School has provided hundreds of cars to low-income single moms, totaling a retail value of over $1,800,000.  This year Newgate will provide two to three vehicles per month. This means that many deserving applicants will need to pursue alternative sources for transportation.

Thank you for you interest in our "Wheels" program. We wish you the best going forward. Donors, thank you especially for your donations that make this valuable program available.