For the time being, Yokefellow Ministries has two trucks.
One -- donated to the nonprofit agency last month on the condition that the benefactor’s name be kept under wraps -– that works really well. And another one that currently has more value from a sentimental perspective than a practical one.
Yokefellow Executive Director Neil Furr explained that the good truck came to his organization soon after he made his case known that the bad truck – for lack of a less deflating term – had accelerated its journey into the category of “nearly worthless truck.”
At its most recent meeting, Yokefellow’s board decided it should give the less-good truck to Fifth Street Ministries, whose leaders feel they could tease a few more good miles out the rickety machine, which is pushing the quarter-century mark.
That’s because Fifth Street has something Yokefellow doesn’t: a guy.
We all know what “a guy” is.
You hear people talk about them all the time in conversations that go like this:
Person A: “How in the world are you going to do that?”
Person B: “I got a guy.”
There are different types of guys and all of them are invaluable. A guy knows where to find stuff that is hard to get your hands on. He knows another guy, who may even know another guy. He knows how to fix things.
But it’s not as nefarious as it may seem.
In Fifth Street’s case, they have guy who knows his way around a truck that has more problems than an honor student’s math book.
“They have a very good mechanic who can do something with it,” said Furr, who added that he has a good relationship with Fifth Street and its executive director, Patti West, who talked a little about her guy.
“One of our employee’s husbands does vehicle maintenance and he’s quite good at it,” West said. “All of the vehicles we’ve had over our 25 years have been donated to us and he has saved us thousands and thousands of dollars.”
West also praised Yokefellow for the group’s generosity.
“We are very grateful Neil and their board,” she said. “I think it speaks to the collaborative spirit of Statesville that we are willing and eager to help each other out when we can.”