Devin credits Literacy Volunteers with helping him pass his driver’s license exam, opening new possibilities. For the past eight years, Devin has relied on city buses, his bike, and his feet to get him where he has needed to go. Using those methods was not always easy, convenient or even possible, but for many years, Devin had an understandable hesitancy to get behind the wheel of a car.
Not having reliable transportation made parts of his life challenging. Devin had taken and failed the
written portion of the driver’s test three times. In April 2017, Devin contacted the Winchester area Literacy Volunteers to see if that organization might be able to assist him in preparing for the written portion of the driver’s exam. As a Millbrook High School graduate, Devin didn’t need traditional literacy services, but he needed help with structured study and organization LVWA matched Devin with volunteer Kevin for tutoring. Using materials geared to the DMV test’s content, Kevin helped Devin learn the road signs, rules of the road, and safety laws. Over about a half dozen sessions, Devin drilled, took practice tests, and received pep talks to help with some lingering apprehension about driving. In June, when they jointly determined that Devin was ready for the test, Kevin went with Devin to the DMV. An hour later, Devin joyfully called his friends and Kevin: he had passed! Having a license has changed Devin’s life. He no longer has to worry about getting to work in the pouring rain or bitter cold. He can get groceries without checking the city bus schedule. He can drive his girlfriend to visit her family and can assist his grandmother who has no transportation of her own. This summer, enjoying his newfound freedom and independence, he even treated his girlfriend and himself to a short vacation, traveling to Hershey Park for a couple days. “It feels great to have my driver’s license and my own car,” Devin says. “There are so many more possibilities for me now. I’m thankful for Kevin and Literacy Volunteers helping me get started in the process.”