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FRAMINGHAM – Carlos Montes received a life-changing car from the vehicle-donation nonprofit Good News Garage on July 31.

His used 2005 Dodge Caravan, donated by a generous New Englander, will transport him to a brighter future.

Montes is one of over 5,000 recipients of a vehicle from Good News Garage since the Burlington, Vermont-based charity began providing reliable transportation to local people in need in 1996.

Montes said he will use his Caravan to operate his new mobile barbershop business.

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Omar’s Mobile Barbershop provides hair-cutting services to people who aren’t able to visit a brick-and-mortar shop, such as the elderly and people in long-term care facilities.

A lack of transportation is one of the biggest reasons why people cannot achieve upward mobility. Good News Garage’s ability to help our neighbors in need is only limited by the number of vehicle donations it receives.

During the COVID pandemic, the need for safe, reliable vehicles is in especially high demand. Personal vehicles are lifelines for families and individuals that rely on them to obtain nutritious food, schooling, medical care, and stable employment.

Good News Garage is a member of Ascentria Care Alliance, one of the largest human services organizations in New England.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.