- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Baltimore-based Vehicles for Change received quite the Christmas present recently when 64-year-old businessman Jerry Greeff donated his 25-year-old One Stop Auto Repair to the charity in late December, the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

Mr. Greeff and VFC hammered out an agreement that allows the shop’s current warranty holders to continue to get their auto work done at the garage, which will be used by the charity to train ex-convicts in auto repair, the Baltimore Sun said.

“He is donating the business and all the equipment inside. Jerry has a huge heart,” VFC President Martin Schwartz said, the paper reported. “He calls five times a day with ideas of how we can better serve the community.”

While Mr. Greeff will continue to own the property in the Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore, VFC has signed a lease on the garage with an option to buy, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Founded in 1999, VFC accepts donated cars and trucks, fixes them and gives them to needy families. Donors get a fair-market value deduction for their taxes, recipients get a reliable vehicle and, thanks to a work-rehab program, former prisoners learn a marketable skill.

“Ninety-five percent of them have come directly out of prisons to us,” Mr. Schwartz said, the Baltimore Sun reported. “We go into the prison system quarterly, and we identify those guys that are ready to come out and are recommended.”

On its website, VFC says its handed over the keys to 5,400 cars in its 17 years of operation and that a study it commissioned “found that 75 percent of VFC recipients got better jobs and/or boosted their earnings an average of $7,000 within the first year.”

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