An Auto Purchase Program for Working Families in the Local Community
Anyone who has driven an unreliable vehicle knows it can limit your ability to earn, spend time with family, and choose your housing, schools, and social activities.
This partnership between Freedom First, TAP in the Roanoke Valley, NRCA in the New River Valley, STEP, Inc. in Franklin County, and multiple auto dealers incorporates financial education and vehicle maintenance classes with our loan product.
More Than an Auto Loan
Participants purchase a reliable vehicle with a low-interest loan and gain financial management skills to help them reach their goals.
Responsible Rides® helps working families avoid the high interest rates offered by predatory lenders, high down payments, hidden purchase costs, and the limitations caused by a poor credit history. Responsible Rides® includes financial education and vehicle maintenance training. So participants are not only able to purchase a car, they’re able to keep it.
Our full-time, in-house coordinator has streamlined the lending process for borrowers and coordinates vehicle maintenance classes at our West End branch education room. The coordinator also travels regularly to meet with Franklin County residents. Responsible Rides® has transformed lives, enabling people to own their own car and have reliable means to get to work.
In 2018-2019, Freedom First issued $2,052,746 in Responsible Rides® auto loans to 183 members. 182 children and 49 single parents directly benefited from these loans.