Over the last few months, students from Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield partnered with a local nonprofit to repair and present a Ford C-Max hybrid car to a Haverhill National Guard veteran .
Maria Roca, said after her car stopped working, taking care of three young children as a single mother became much more difficult. The National Guard then introduced her to Second Chance Cars, a Concord-based nonprofit that provides donated cars to low-income veterans, healthcare workers, and people leaving prison, according to a statement from the school.
Roca, a 19-year veteran, received the car on Tuesday from students and staff at the regional technical high school.
“I’m relieved to say that we got a car — my kids are super excited, and I can now go shop and get to my medical appointments,” she said in the school’s statement.
Initially, Northeast Metro Tech intended to have students in the