King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn announced on May 2 that two nonprofit organizations in Renton, Adult and Teen Challenge and Celebration Foursquare Church, will receive retired Metro vans to support their services.
Adult and Teen Challenge’s new van will help transport individuals in recovery from substance use disorders to work, doctor’s appointments, therapy, program events and student activities.
“Adult and Teen Challenge is a faith-based, one-year residential program of recovery and discipleship for men and women in the process of overcoming addiction. Our mission is: To Put Hope within Reach of Every Addict,” said Frank Gomez, the organization’s director. “We are very grateful to Councilmember Reagan Dunn and King County for providing us a retired Metro van to transport the men in our program to medical and dental appointments, services, vocational training, student activities, outings and church events.”
Celebration Foursquare Church will use its van to transport members of their youth program, many of whom are from low-income backgrounds and have no reliable transportation. They will also use it to deliver food to unhoused individuals in Renton.
The retired van program provides county vehicles that have reached the end of their service life to local governments and community programs to provide transportation assistance for low-income, elderly or young people, or people with disabilities. These donated vans provide mobility for a diverse array of King County residents, support the positive work of various local organizations, and relieve traffic congestion by reducing the need for single-occupancy vehicles.
“With these vans, these organizations will be able to provide transportation to low-income youth, take folks to crucial services like medical appointments, and deliver meals to people in need,” Dunn said.