GARFIELD PARK— A West Side business owner is helping victims of the recent streak of carjackings replace their cars.
Since the start of the pandemic, Jermaine Jordan had accepted donations on GoFundMe and used revenue from his West Garfield Park car wash and auto dealership at 4532 W. Madison St. to help people in need.
Jordan opened a free soul food restaurant to provide healthy meals to anybody who wants one. And through the recent cold snap, he has also booked hotel rooms to shelter families experiencing homelessness.
The increase in carjackings over the past year struck a chord with Jordan because he has been carjacked three times. He decided to help victims get new wheels because he understands the terror of having a car stolen.
During one of the carjackings, Jordan’s son was sitting in the back when someone stole his car at gunpoint. The thief took off with his son, dropping him off at a fire station.
“I had one of my kids with me. I got carjacked just out of the gas station,” Jordan said. “It’s like you’re near death. They got the gun and you’re just hoping they don’t pull the trigger.”
Jordan’s niece was also carjacked in December.
Jordan is looking for donations on GoFundMe to buy more cars for the carjacking victims and to support his other work helping people in need.
So far, Jordan has bought 12 cars for people who have had theirs stolen. For another driver whose insurance covered the theft, Jordan helped pay a deductible to her insurance company she wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise. Jordan is also covering registration, taxes and fees for the cars he is giving away.
“They don’t have to come out of their pocket with anything,” Jordan said.
People who have had their cars stolen in the recent wave of carjackings and have filed a police report can contact Jordan by emailing Eatdaily@healthyhotfreemeals.com or by visiting on his website, healthyhotfreemeals.com.
Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.
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