Working Single Moms

Newgate School's "Wheels for Women" Transportation Assistance Program

It may be warmer in St Louis, MO where Latina was born and raised. But here in Minneapolis, spring arrived early for her and her 3 year-old daughter, Zyan. First, Latina, a warm, friendly young woman, was recently hired as a customer service representative for a large mortgage company.  Now, she can pay her rent, groceries and child care.  Then, Newgate presented Latina with a complimentary car through Newgate’s “Wheels for Women” transportation assistance program to aid single moms transitioning into the workforce.  Latina says, “This car is a miracle! Now I can get Zyan to childcare and still get to my new job on time. Thank you to the special donor. You are in my prayers!”

Every year more than several dozen later-model donated cars are awarded to talented young single moms like Latina. In the lifetime of Newgate’s Wheels for Women program, over over 500 women have been helped by folks like you. To donate your car, truck or van, please call 612 378-0177. Thank you donors!

Applying for the "Wheels" program:  If you or someone you know wish to more about the application process for the "Wheels" program, please click the "Our Programs" button at the top the page, followed by "Wheels" from the drop-down in the left column. 


Newgate students and staff show off a refurbished “Wheels” car

Here's the amazing team who turned the "Turkey Car" into a Golden Goose for a “Wheels” mom, L/R: Kham Yang, Instructor Gary Stwora, Nick Jones, Scott Hemmingsen, Cai Vue, and Instructor Don Smieja.

Dave says, “I’m glad to help!”

Dave Eaton from Eagan was driving down I-494 when a wild turkey flew into his windshield. Fortunately, Dave survived what could have been a dangerous crash. Unfortunately, Dave's car was totaled. But fortunately, long before the accident, Dave learned about Newgate Education Center's tuition-free automotive technical school from Joe Soucheray's "Garage Logic" show, Dave knew the school was funded completely by car donations. He believed in the mission of training low-income young adults for promising careers in the auto industry. Dave's donated his “Turkey Car” to Newgate where the team above put it back together again. It was awarded to a promising single mom, a “Wheels” recipient, who is using it to get her child to child care and herself to school and work. This mom says, “Thanks, Dave, and thanks, Newgate. Our lives are moving forward with the “Turkey Car!”

Dave Eaton from Eagan holds a trophy he didn’t want

A turkey smashes into a car windshield

1000s of tiny glass splinters fill the front seat