Family Promise wins new Toyota truck
A new chariot has arrived in West Michigan to aid in the fight against homelessness.
One brand new Toyota Tundra was awarded Thursday to Family Promise, a nonprofit that partners with local communities to help end homelessness.
Family Promise beat out 4,000 applicants nationwide and was voted in July to win the new truck during Toyota’s “100 Cars for Good” competition, which featured national online voting.
“It’s like Christmas in October,” said Cheryl Schuch, executive director at Family Promise. “It was just amazing how Grand Rapids and all of West Michigan rallied around us.”
Although Family Promise pays insurance, Toyota went all out, Schuch said, surprising her with a six-year warranty, which includes maintenance and oil.
Toyota will remain community partners with Family Promise as long as the nonprofit owns the truck, she said.
“(General Manager) Mike Udell is just amazing,” Schuch said. “We can literally just drive to the dealership and they’ll take care of us.”
Schuch said Family Promise plans to use its new truck to move furniture, food bank goods other items into people’s homes. Family Promise also now has a “nice, warm cozy, space to transport families,” during moves, she said.
The new vehicle fills the void left after the nonprofit’s old cargo van finally gave out about a year ago, Schuch said. Since then, they had been using personal vehicles.
“When a truck like that goes down, your whole agency can go down,” Schuch said. “This is going to be such a blessing.”