LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Most of us take it for granted that we have a car to get us where we want to go.
Not the folks at Wrench it Forward. That’s kind of a Fairy Godmother company, if you ask one woman whose dream came true Friday without even asking.
“Everybody was giving away food, clothing, shelter but nobody was funding the transportation side of it.” That is how Chris Bost, Executive Director of Wrench It Forward described what happened at his shop today. He explained that for a year now, Wrench It Forward has opened its doors to help the working poor get moving, literally.
And on Friday, a beautiful black Ford Escape was on the lot reserved for Connie Edens as a surprise. "I'm still in shock," she told us as she stared at the car.
Here’s how it happened. Redeemer Church donated the vehicle to Wrench it Forward for a facelift, inside and out. Chris says this about their plan with the church, “It makes us happy. It shows us how God works and it's just amazing that it takes a community of people to make it happen."
Chris explains that three other non-profits worked together to get Connie this new car. At least it is new to her!
The Volunteer Center of Lubbock, Lubbock Impact, and Unpack ministries all came together to make this dream come true for Connie.
Unpack Ministries actually found Connie. That is a ministry to help women unpack their baggage and build a home for themselves. Connie is a real success story at Unpack Ministries. "Coming out of 33 years of drug and alcohol abuse, I didn't think I was going to make it in this life."
Today, Connie is drug free and a hard worker who cleans houses for a living. You might have seen a fun Facebook post recently from Lubbock Impact which credited all 5 non-profits, describing a surprise they were all planning. That event came today at Wrench It Forward. It was a gift that required Connie's signature and a promise to continue the drug free journey that she started 3 years ago.
“Thank you” wasn’t enough for Connie. After receiving those keys, she said with tears in her eyes, “I've never known life like this and the joy that I get at helping others that are suffering. This is a good life now. I'm living and not just surviving anymore.”
Wrench It Forward has also promised to be there for Connie if she needs any auto repair.
In the meantime, that auto shop is taking Connie’s old car and repairing it. Their plan is to eventually “Wrench It Forward” and give that car to someone else who needs a safe journey to a better life.