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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Johnny Armstrong is now the proud owner of a 2002 Grand Marquis.

It's a symbol of how far he's come in the last year.

"I have my own place," Armstrong said. "I have a job. I even got funds saved up and now I have a car."

He only paid $500 for it through Wheels 4 Hope which fixes up donated cars and sells them to people getting back on their feet.

Armstrong is a recovering alcoholic and struggled to find a job and a place to live after moving from Virginia last year.

"I had no way to take care of myself," he said.

But now he does.

He lives in transitional housing for veterans and works at UPS in Kernersville.

The kind of progress that helped him and four others qualify for cars.

"These cars represent a new level of independence and freedom," said Tawanna Jones, program manager for Wheels 4 Hope.

"A safe and reliable car enables folks to improve their employment," she said.

Since 2012, Wheels 4 Hope has sold 75 cars in the Triad.

Cars Armstrong says represent much more than a way to get around.

"It's a blessing," he said. "I really consider it as being a blessing."