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Award Aids in Woman Obtaining Automobile

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Award Aids in Woman Obtaining Automobile

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Byline: Cindy Holifield

Adelina (Addie) Ferreira has received an "Uncommon Scholarship" from AutoPoint Florida employees. The scholarship was for $6,000 and combined with an upgrade from Beaver Toyota in St. Augustine, resulted in Ferreira becoming the owner of a 2009 Toyota Corolla.

Ferreira is a 20-year old graduate of the Daniel Kids independent living program.

Ferreira lived in a van in California for several months before moving to Florida in 2015 to stay with relatives. With the situation unstable, she became homeless. She was recommended to the Daniel Kids Project Prepare program, which provided her with safe housing, independent living instruction and counseling.

She is now living in her own apartment, has received her associate of arts degree and is applying to a nursing program while working as a receptionist.

"It's amazing how many different people worked together to help me become truly self-sufficient," Ferreira said. "The Daniel Kids program gave me the support I needed to find a safe home and continue my education, and AutoPoint and Beaver Toyota are helping me further my career and independence by generously providing me with a vehicle. I couldn't be more grateful."

The "Uncommon Scholarship" was created by AutoPoint associates in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach as part of the company's LIFT (Life is Full of Transformation) giving program. The team raised all the funds through internal donations and online auctions and corporate contests and raffles.

Here's more good news:

- The Jacksonville Humane Society's "Kitten Private Investigator" program has been awarded $5,000 from the Petco Foundation. The Humane Society entered an Innovative Showdown contest to present its life-saving ideas. Two hundred ideas were received with two winners and eight runners-up.

The kitten program, which supports and empowers community members who find litters of kittens, was a runner-up. …

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