Servants Heart forms to offer Livingston residents a hand
Terran Frye had a good feeling about the Ford Taurus his organization had secured on behalf of Mark Mayer, a Howell-area veteran in need.
Sure, it was about 20 years old, but It was the right size for the specialized wheelchair lift Mayer required, and it could take him on his trips to the grocery store and, especially, the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor for some badly needed medical care. It was also a great way for an Iraq War veteran like himself to help out a fellow vet from the Vietnam War era.
But when Frye began working on the car outside his Howell Township garage, his heart sank.
“It was shot,” he said. “It just wouldn’t work.”
When he found out, Mayer was devastated.
“I really needed it,” he said. “I couldn’t get around without it.”
But Frye and fellow members of Servants Heart Automotive aren’t easily discouraged and, it turned out, the newly formed charitable group held a miracle up its sleeve — or, at least, a replacement Taurus of similar vintage.
“It turns out someone had donated a similar car that would meet Mark’s needs six months ago, but we hadn’t yet picked it up,” said David Dee, who founded Servants Heart a little more than a year ago.
The wheelchair lift was added without problem, a big relief for all involved . Mayer, meanwhile, had nothing but smiles as he looked it over last week while Frye, Dee and other volunteers added the finishing touches necessary to get him back on the road.
A faith-based organization, Servants Heart is dedicated to finding and securing reliable transportation for Livingston County residents who need it.
“If you don’t have a car, your life can just spiral,” Dee said.
Four cars have been donated to families and individuals so far this year.
The organization’s volunteers range from mechanics to tech specialists.
“We have people with all kinds of backgrounds with all kinds of skills,” Dee said.
Some, like Dee, are members of Venture Church in Hartland Township. Others are members of other congregations.
“We’re essentially a ministry of our own,” Frye said.
How to help or seek help
Anyone would would like to receive a car is encouraged to contact Love In the Name of Christ of the Greater Livingston Area at 517-552-3620.
“Essentially, they act as our clearing house,” Dee said. “We don’t handle the referrals.”
Anyone would would like to donate a car can call Servants Heart directly at 810-222-9542. Servants Heart is a nonprofit 501c3 organization of the U.S. Tax Code.
This article ran in the Livingston Daily by reporter Wayne Peal