Puerto Rico suffered significant tragedy and distress late last year as Hurricane Maria tore through the island. Since the storm, Puerto Rico has been working to rebuild. Ford is dedicated to assisting that effort through Centro de Movilidad Social, a Ford-sponsored disaster relief program for those struggling in Puerto Rico.
In December, Ford launched the initial efforts of Centro de Movilidad Social to help provide supplies, transportation, medical services and education to people on the island. Now Ford is donating two Ford vehicles to be used as mobile resource centers to provide health and education services.
“As the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, our mission at the Ford Fund is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better, and that is exactly what Centro de Movilidad Social is all about,” said Jim Vella, president of the Ford Fund.
The first of the new mobile resource centers, operating out of a Ford E-450 bus, will be focused on family care and support for teenage parents. “The new ‘on the go’ center will provide health and educational services to nearby communities and students,” stated Ford in a press release. “[It] will be implemented in collaboration with Proyecto Nacer — an organization that specializes in providing family-centered services and a member of Puerto Rico’s Alliance for Alternative Education.”
The second Ford E-450 bus will function as a mobile science education lab, traveling around the island to visit schools as they recover from the storm. The mobile lab will be based out of Centros Sor Isolina Ferré, the same location as Ford’s first resource center.
“Good neighbors step up when their communities need them most, and Ford is standing — united and strong — with the many local partners who have joined us in helping the communities of Puerto Rico get back on their feet,” said Vella.
Ford has invested $1.2 million into recovery efforts on the island, hoping to provide some relief for those affected and struggling in the area. Ford has also donated $1.5 million to Operation Better World, Ford Driving Dreams and other education programs in Puerto Rico.
This article is presented by Jack Demmer Ford in Wayne, Michigan.