Shantel Jones and her four children stood in astonishment as their new car pulled up to greet them.
“Oh my. It’s white. It’s so pretty,” one of the kids said in exclamation.
““I’m still in shock. I’m still in awe,” Jones said. “This is opening up so many opportunities for my family.”
On Jan. 8, God’s Way Ministries donated a car to a deserving family as part of their Cars for Moms outreach program.
The program, one of God’s Way’s various types of donations to the community, gives a car to a single parent in need of transportation for their children. The screening process goes through referrals from the Division of Family Services and local school districts.
Robert Croce, student and family interventionist at the Milford School District, submitted the application for Jones.
Croce said, “It’s so difficult to help families with homes and cars. It’s almost impossible to afford that type of assistance. So for God’s Way to do this is such an amazing thing. Jones truly deserves it.”
“Not having transportation has really limited me to a lot of things,” Jones said. “Having transportation now allows me to provide a better lifestyle for my children.
“God is real, and this shows that even after all of these years, he has not forgotten about us.”
Jones noted that having a vehicle will help her continue to be a good citizen, something she always strives to do. From helping someone who’s short at the grocery store to just being a good member of the community, Jones said, it’s important to help as much as one can, regardless of how much one has.
Robert Wood and his wife, Carrie, started God’s Way Ministries Inc. over 24 years ago. The initial idea was to help those recovering from addictions. They opened a transition home in 1999 and housed over 300 men in 11 years.
Now God’s Way has four thrift stores, with a new shop opening in Rehoboth in February, and continues its various community outreach programs such as Cars for Moms and Beds for Kids.
“I can’t comprehend what it would be like without a car in Delaware, especially with four kids,” Wood said.
“Everyone goes through hard times. We’re just blessed to be able to help and fund this whole operation. A lot of people can’t afford new stuff, and we’re trying to meet those needs the best we can. It’s always better to give than to receive.”
For God’s Way Ministries, it is a helping hand that they try to extend as often as possible. For Jones and her family, it is a gift they’ll never forget.
For more information on God’s Way Ministries, go to godswaydelaware.org.