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Automobiles needed to put lives on track

August 14th, 2014 2:00 pm by Sue Guinn Legg

Two young Washington County residents are in immediate need of dependable automobiles to put their lives back on track.
Laura, a 26-year-old woman whose husband is in the military and deployed overseas, lives in Limestone and until recently worked as a cashier in Greeneville.
When her car failed her and the cost of repairs came in at much more than she can afford, her inability to get back and forth to work cost Laura her job and in short order left her unable to keep up with her utilities and rent.
Good Samaritan Ministries has stepped up to help Laura and is using emergency shelter grant funding to keep her under roof and her lights on until her car can be repaired or replaced.
Ministry Director Sarah Wells said a mechanic has volunteered to donate the needed labor but the estimated $1,700 cost of replacement parts has brought the repairs to a standstill. The ministry is seeking the donation of a dependable used car for Laura or, in the alternative, monetary donations to help with the repairs or the purchase of a used car.
A young Johnson City father with muscular dystrophy is also in need of help securing a dependable automobile that will allow him to remain in regular contact with his 4-year-old daughter.
Steven, also 26, was diagnosed with MD at age 11. While his mobility is limited and presents barrier to his employment, he manages to live independently on $720 a month in disability benefits and to share joint custody of his daughter with her mother.
Until very recently, Steven’s Johnson City apartment has been his daughter’s primary residence. But because she is now in school, last month she moved to her mother’s home in Jonesborough, leaving Steven in dire need of transportation to maintain as much visitation as possible.
“I have never owned a car,” he said. “I live within my means and with what I have I can’t save anything for a car without losing basics.”
While he has always avoided public housing, Steven’s desire to be closer to his daughter has led him to make an application for a low-rent apartment in Jonesborough and to discuss his need for an automobile with Good Samaritan Ministries.
The ministry has likewise provided basic assistance to Steven, assessed his need for a car and agreed to put out a request for a donated automobile or monetary donations to help him make the purchase.
All monetary contributions to the ministry are tax deductible and receipts can provided for the value of any donated item, including an automobile.
More information about how to donate a car to assist Laura or Steven may be obtained by calling the ministry at 928-1958, or donations earmarked for a “Laura” or for “Steven” may be made online at or by mail to Good Samaritan Ministries, P.O. Box 2441 Johnson City, TN 37605.

The Chico’s women’s clothing store in Johnson City is conducting a one-day benefit for Safe Passage Domestic Violence Shelter.
Ten percent of all purchases made today at the store at 3020 Franklin Terrace will go to Safe Passage to help provide emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy, transportation and other support to survivors of domestic violence and their children.
For more information, call the store at 282-2141.

The Mall at Johnson City has kicked off its annual Earning for Learning campaign to award up to $10,000 in cash to the school of its shoppers’ choice.
Now through Sept. 14, shoppers may bring receipts from any mall store to the Guest Service Center on the lower level and turn their purchases into points for the school they wish to designate.
At the end of the promotion, the five schools with the highest points per student ratio will share in $25,000 in prize money to be awarded by the mall and Coca-Cola.
For more information about the competition, visit the Guest Service Center.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335. Follow Sue Guinn Legg on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at

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