THE MV4K MISSION
Mobility Vans for Kids strives to provide not only a safe and reliable mobility vehicle to individuals and families in need, but also the necessary tools to find funding solutions to each unique situation or scenario our applicants may face. With access to information, resources, and most importantly advocacy, we are confident that together we can move toward providing children with the wheels to thrive.
How MV4K Started…
Mobility Vans for Kids initial funding was provided by the Castro Family Foundation. The Castro Family Foundation was started in 1999 with a primary focus of helping disabled, hungry, and homeless children. In 2019 the Castro Family, for many reasons determined “writing checks” was not enough and instead wanted to develop programs that met its mission. Mobility Vans for Kids (MV4K) is the foundation’s first program! Although the Castro Family Foundation is small, it believes by making a difference in the lives of children, it receives much more than it gives. Our hope is that over time providing mobility vehicles to families with disabled children will allow the foundation to expand its programs into other areas of need.
The Castro Family’s primary inspiration is Samantha Marie Castro. “Sami” was born in 1996 with a rare disease called Ataxia-Telangiectasia or A-T that attacks children causing progressive loss of muscle control, immune system function, and a high rate of susceptibility to various cancers. Samantha serves on the MV4K board.