Detroit non-profit that helps mentor young girls receives free repairs on a van donated to help them

Ric & Rocky's Family Car Care repairs van for free

CANTON, Mich. (WXYZ) - After WXYZ reported on the transportation challenges facing a mentoring group in Detroit, that non-profit received some goodwill from others...twice.

You may recall, last month we helped facilitate a "double donation" of sorts.

Dr. Ray Skowronski  -- a dentist in Sterling Heights -- saw our story about Fishermen's Ministry's need for a new suburban so that organization could continue carrying supplies to Detroit's homeless.

Dr. Ray wanted to help, so he donated his suburban.

That freed up Fishermen's Ministry to donate their extra passenger van.  The ministry could not afford two vehicles.

So, Fishermen's Ministry found a non-profit that needed that kind of vehicle.

Global Projects is an organization which mentors young girls in Detroit.


"The girls will be very excited about receiving this donation.  When they saw the story on television, they said, 'There's our van!" said Dr. Sabrina Black, Global Projects' Founder when she received the keys to the van last month.

But Fishermen's Ministry was clear that the van did need some repair work.  We reported that in our story about the donation.

That's where Ric Cudini enters the story.

He is co-owner of Ric and Rocky's Family Car Care Center in Canton.

"A friend of mine saw the article on Channel 7, and gave me a call about it.  I had already seen it myself and thought that I should get involved with it because she was involved in the group," explained Cudini.

His team performed all of the needed repairs to the Chevy van for free.  He said it was a value of about $2400.00.

"It's a good feeling, it always is, when you come to help somebody else out," added Cudini.

Dr. Sabrina black was all smiles when she showed up to pick up the van.

We're just really excited," said Dr. Black.  "Now we're mobile!  We have wheels that will get to where we're going. There are also opportunities for girls to take part in service projects, and we'll be able to take them on those assignments now."

Global Projects will be using the van to carry the girls in the program to libraries, museums, and other after-school activities.

This new, reliable set of wheels will help prepare these girls to become "global citizens" all thanks to some good Samaritans with their hearts in the right gear.

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