Car Donations

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Through the good works of our Parish Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) members, currently gives away about three donated vehicles each year to persons that qualify and reside in Washtenaw County. Friends In Deed, our congregational social service network, provides names of candidates waiting for a vehicle for employment (and/or some times for medical reasons).

The SVdP members provide a team of at least two volunteers to make a home visit and interview identified candidates. Volunteers will further assess the candidate's need for a vehicle and possibly identify barriers to ownership, such as health or financial issues.

Persons in Need of a Vehicle
Persons that seek a vehicle and reside in Washtenaw County, first contact our congregational social service network, Friends In Deed at 734-484-4357, Mon-Fri, 9:30 am - Noon. This network keeps a list of qualified persons waiting for a vehicle. St. Francis is one of several congregations in Washtenaw County that assist Friends In Deed  in giving cars away. This network is very important for identifying persons that are most in need.  

People receiving donated cars from Friends-In-Deed must be low income residents of Washtenaw County for whom a car is a necessity for work (or some medical conditions). We usually use 200% of the Federal Poverty Level as an income guideline but also consider household expenses. Ownership of a car must be affordable and clients must have a valid driver's license. We do an assessment and verification, including documentation, to determine if they meet our criteria to receive a vehicle. All clients referred to St. Vincent DePaul by FID must also meet these criteria.

Donate a Vehicle
Through announcements in the St. Francis Parish weekly bulletin FORUM we locate vehicles for those most in need. Volunteers who assist with connecting a candidate with a vehicle have the joy of knowing they made a difference in helping someone become self-sufficient. They bear the gifts from our community, and they hear the personal "thanks" from the recipient.

Friends-In-Deed: 734-485-7658
Vehicles will be assessed by a licensed mechanic at Select Auto, 734-677-1210, located at 2231 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor. Or, at: Mike Maloney's Convenience Auto Service, 734-769-0380, located at 1225 Jewett Ave - Between S. Industrial and Packard, Ann Arbor.

Vehicles NOT in good enough condition to pass the mechanical inspection can be donated to:

St. Vincent de Paul Society, Vehicle Donation Program, Detroit: 1-877-ST VINCENT/1-877-788-4623 or For proper credit, please mention that you are from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ann Arbor.

Town and Country Auto Parts, Ann Arbor: 734-662-4485

Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor: 734-665-0450

Charity Motors, Detroit: 313-255-1000 or 1-888-908-CARS

Coordinator Forms and Resources
home visit and interview form