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OffLeaseOnly Helps Former Foster Child Buy Used Hyundai

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OffLeaseOnly Helps Former Foster Child Buy Used Hyundai

LAKE WORTH – A young college student who spent her youth in more than a dozen foster homes drove home her dream car in September thanks to a financial boost from OffLeaseOnly.

OffLeaseOnly kicked in approximately $3K so Dariane Taylor could buy the car of her dreams. Taylor, 20, who received life skill coaching from the non-profit HomeSafe in Lake Worth, turned to HomeSafe transition specialist Bobby Crume to  walk her through the car buying process.

OffLeaseOnly Used Hyundai - Dariane Taylor

Former foster child Dariane Taylor, right, gets keys to her 2009 OffLeaseOnly Used Hyundai Sonata from OffLeaseOnly sales associate Miguel Mohedano.

OffLeaseOnly LOGOCrume contacted OffLeaseOnly, shared Taylor’s touching story, and of course OffLeaseOnly was excited to help out. She drove home in a beautiful 2009 used  Hyundai Sonata.

“We are happy to help and feel extremely grateful to be in a position to be able to give back to our community,” said OffLeaseOnly owner Mark Fischer. “Ms. Taylor has succeeded against tough odds. It was our pleasure to help her get her car.”

Taylor had received a $5K Christmas-in-July grant from the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, but needed more assistance to buy a used car that could handle the rigorous commute to her job in North Palm Beach. Crume contacted OffLeaseOnly and asked if they might help.

Taylor fell in love with a 2009 gray used Hyundai Sonata but didn’t have enough cash to seal the deal. OffLeaseOnly made up the difference in a show of support for Taylor’s incredible accomplishments in the face of daunting odds.

“We were impressed with Taylor’s determination and were happy to help,” said OffLeaseOnly Chief Operating Office John Giasullo. “Hers is the sort of success story that makes you smile.”

Taylor is currently working towards her associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Services at Palm Beach State College. She ultimately wants to become a firefighter/paramedic so she can help save lives.

“The car is important because I go to work and school every day. It has really helped out and made life easier,” Taylor said.

Taylor said she initially considered nursing, but was disillusioned by the paperwork involved. She went for a ride-a-long with West Palm Beach firefighters and knew she had found her calling. She currently works nights as an emergency medical technician in a gated community in North Palm Beach. She loves her job.

HomeSafe officials accept $2K charity donation from OffLeaseOnly/Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

HomeSafe officials accept $2K charity donation in May from OffLeaseOnly.
Matthew Ladika, HomeSafe CEO; David Smith; Glenn Mueller, HomeSafe; Monique Hausheer, OffLeaseOnly (Left to right)

But in the past, her confidence level was not always so high.

From ages 14 to 18 years old, Taylor bounced among 17 different foster homes. Sometimes she didn’t get enough to eat and she was almost always embroiled in some kind of conflict.

Taylor ended up in a lock-down facility, then eventually transitioned to HomeSafe.

“I was really defensive. I didn’t want to be talked to. The staff was really patient with me and ended up becoming my second family. They taught me how to step back and look at the whole situation,” Taylor said.

Her stay at HomeSafe solidified her ability to make better decisions and improved her coping mechanisms.

“They taught me to take a step back,” Taylor said.

Taylor said her OffLeaseOnly used Hyundai has been life changing because she now has safe, reliable transportation to get to work and school on time.

Taylor knew the Hyundai was right for her the moment she saw it.

“It was a car they hadn’t even entered into the system yet. I wasn’t a really big fan of Hyundais but when he brought it up, I fell in love with it,” she said. “Even without them cleaning it, it was still a nice car. When they detailed it, it was gorgeous. It looked like a brand new car.”

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