St. Joseph Sisters Embrace Call to Unity through Environmental Stewardship in New Orleans

Posted by Genevieve Morlino on Feb 23, 2021 3:48:23 PM

ssjWhat does it really mean to be one with creation? In such a difficult time as that which the world has experienced this past year, we often hear calls to be “at one” with our fellow men, to celebrate the things that unite and bring us together. The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph have a long history of promoting unity, from their origin in France to their eventual settlement in the United States in the 1800s, including New Orleans, Louisiana. The sisters have been here ever since. Their mission (derived from John 17:21: “That all may be one as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; I pray that they may be one in Us”) focuses on union with God and everyone they encounter, especially by working in “ministries that respond to spiritual, social and physical needs.” (csjoseph.org/our-mission)

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Topics: Caritas Client Appreciation

How To Drive Green

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Nov 18, 2020 10:00:00 AM


What can the driver of a vehicle do to reduce the environmental impact of their daily commute? Cars with gas-powered engines, which is still most cars on the road today, emit harmful greenhouse gases (GHG’s) into Earth's atmosphere via their tailpipes. According to a leading organization on climate change, the Union of Concerned Scientists, "...collectively, cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all US emissions, emitting around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas [consumed]."

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations, Driving Suggestions, Driving Green

Driver Safety Tips: How to Safely Road Trip During a Pandemic

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Oct 15, 2020 2:07:15 PM

Road Trip sign with road background

With the COVID-19 pandemic persisting across the United States, Americans are facing more adversity on long road trips than ever before. Regrettably, the safest “route” for anyone to take right now is the one that keeps us closest to home. But Americans are individuals with family, responsibilities and careers, and such commitments have helped many people stay motivated during these difficult times. Furthermore, many travelers took to the highway in Summer 2020 to find a much-needed respite with nature, largely because of the lengthy quarantine. Whatever the reason, road travel is sometimes very simply unavoidable.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Racine Danish Kringles: A Family Legacy

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Dec 5, 2019 12:09:25 PM

At this time of the year, it is important to pay closer attention to the people and things that fill our lives with joy and meaning. One of Caritas Vehicle Services’ esteemed clients, a bakery company from Racine, Wisconsin called Racine Danish Kringles (RDK), lives the spirit of the season not only with their delicious pastry, but also with their generous giving to several charitable organizations. This is their story.

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Whitepaper: 5 No-Cost Ways To Enhance Your Safety Culture

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jun 11, 2019 10:44:42 AM

When operating a fleet of vehicles, the safety of your drivers is paramount to the success of your business. From company morale to return-on-investment to your public image, everything will be effected by the way you implement your safety strategy. So, we found a helpful whitepaper on Automotive-Fleet.com that has excellent advice on developing an all-encompassing safety "culture" at your organization. 

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Felipe Smolka Urges Us To Talk About The Environment

Posted by Kyle Forbush on May 9, 2019 3:52:04 PM

hands, the young sprout and our planet EarthWe live in a highly subjective world. Indeed, one might say the entire human experience is an emotional and subjective one. But facts are not. People may use facts incorrectly, or even come up with false data in order to prove a point, but real facts do not pretend to be anything that they're not. They don't even exist for humans to use or interpret; in essence, they simply exist to hold the universe together. 

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Topics: Driving Green

The Basics of Fleet Management: Info-graphic

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Apr 9, 2019 8:04:26 AM

The_basics_of_fleet_management-1Vehicles are particularly delicate instruments of investment that, when owned by a business, should be properly tracked and managed in order to receive the greatest return possible. Thankfully, there are many experts on the topic of vehicle management solutions. One such seasoned veteran of the fleet world is our industry partner, Leaseplan. Their website contains an extensive database of blog articles & resources that are designed to help you maneuver the logistical intricacies of vehicle ownership and fleet management. 

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Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations, Acquisition

Driver Safety Tips: Hands-Free Is Not Risk Free (Infographic)

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 27, 2019 4:38:11 PM

Safety First written on the roadThe National Safety Council, or NSC, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to reducing the number of workplace & on-the-road accidents that happen in the U.S. each year. According to the NSC's mission statement, they accomplish this through, "...leadership, research, education and advocacy." Caritas has found that the NSC has the most extensive knowledge base when it comes to driver safety.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

The History Of The Automobile: Henry Ford's Model-T

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 25, 2019 3:10:39 PM

6028In our last article about The History Of The Automobile, we told the story of how a young Henry Ford left his home on a Michigan farm to become a professional engineer and inventor, tinkering with gasoline-propelled vehicles and various methods of production until his ambitions were realized. His dream was to create an automobile that was durable, easy to maintain, and affordable to the average, working-class American. He is quoted as saying that he wanted to, "...build a car for the great multitude...so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one." A noble vision on Ford's part. However, the production of such an invention would require a significant amount of old-school trial and error. 

Ford conceived a series of automobiles, beginning with the Model A and ending in 1908 with the twentieth model intended for production. Ford named it the Model T, after the twentieth letter in the alphabet. Despite the lack of creativity in its naming process, Ford's newest invention would alter the course of American history by contributing to the growth of a strong middle class, driving an influx of immigrants and rural peoples to cities, influencing American culture, and revolutionizing industrial mass production. 

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Driver Safety Tips: Ending Distracted Driving

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 24, 2019 1:09:30 PM

Beautiful businesswoman sending a text while driving to workOur world of instant gratification and hand-held technology makes it so that distractions are completely inevitable. Every web-page you visit has targeted advertising, every app on your phone tries to send you notifications more often than anyone needs them, and social media has transformed into something of a feigned competition to update all of your friends on everything from momentous events like the birth of your child to unnecessary minutiae, such as the photogenic tacos you ordered. In fact, you're likely bouncing back and forth between web browser tabs as we speak. Meanwhile, I forgot why I was writing this article in the first place because the Chess app on my phone informed me that it's my move.  

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

A Conversation About R.O.I. & Saving Your Fleet Money

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 21, 2019 1:59:21 PM

Human hand holding bulb with money tree inside. Wealth conceptIf you're considering outsourcing the management of your vehicle fleet to a professional firm like Caritas Vehicle Services, it is important to consider the potential economic benefits of making such a decision. And, who would be more qualified to elaborate on these benefits than one of our respected clients? These are individuals who who have a clear understanding of their Community's financial position both before and after they partnered with Caritas.

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Our Mission Is To Serve: Meet The Captain!

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 7, 2019 11:40:43 AM

Chris (2)Every ship needs a captain. Ideally, the one chosen to be captain is the individual with the most experience and know-how. For example, at the helm of Caritas Vehicle Services is our fearless leader, Mr. Chris Hoar. As President & Owner of our organization, he has carved out a niche where we succeed and, more importantly, strives to interweave his Catholic faith with some of our business practices. In this Q&A, you will learn about Mr. Hoar's background and how he has succeeded in steering a small, Midwestern-based enterprise through the swells of keeping up with competition & the times. 


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Managing A Fleet: 3 Best Practices

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 27, 2019 12:11:36 PM

Beautiful female driver in a convertible car smilingWhether your community has 30, 100 or 500 vehicles, how in the world do you track all the dollars spent to keep each vehicle properly maintained over its lifetime? When a driver takes their vehicle to a shop and is presented with a $1,000 estimate that includes a long list of items, how can the driver possibly know for certain if everything on the list is really necessary? Or, how can you find out which vehicles in your fleet cost the least to maintain and which ones cost the most?

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

6 Tips For Sharing The Road With Big Rigs

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 21, 2019 1:58:50 PM

Big Rig ImageSemi-truck drivers have one of the hardest jobs in the country. Barreling down the freeways of America with trailers up to 70-feet long that weigh up to 80,000 pounds (40 tons), they have to contend with extra blind spots, a 55-foot turning radius, and it takes 40% longer to stop an 18-wheeler than the average passenger car.

The drivers of these big rigs must go through rigorous training, along with strict licensing and background-checks.However, collision rates between smaller vehicles and large semi-trucks are high in America.

One reason for the number of accidents is due to the large number of semi-trucks on the road. At any given time, there are around 2 million semi's in operation throughout the fifty states. In the most congested corridors of our nation's highways, every fourth vehicle is a truck, and driving with them is a two-way street (literally and metaphorically). To trust in the responsibility of the semi's driver is important, as is knowing what you can do to stay safe around them. 


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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Fleet Managers...What Do They Do, Anyway?

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 14, 2019 3:03:20 PM

Young happy young woman sitting in car trunk outdoorFleet managers have a notorious affinity for hats. At Caritas Vehicle Services, our vehicle management specialists are constantly switching one hat out for another--the logistics expert "fedora", the industry insider "bowler cap", the asset manager "baseball cap", the business analyst "flat-brim", the driver safety guru "ten-gallon cowboy hat", the drivers' lifeline "beanie" & maintenance authority "pork pie hat". Needless to say, to manage this significant variety of head gear demands a plethora of experience and professional grace.

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Pocket Protectors: Using A Fuel Cost Calculator

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 8, 2019 3:42:50 PM

fleet-management-fuel-costsFuel cost is one of the most cumbersome economic burdens that fleet managers face. Fluctuating prices, inefficient vehicle models and certain driving habits can all contribute to what becomes a hypothetical black hole of funds. To help alleviate some worry and allow for a more measurable method of fuel consumption, we have found an online Fuel Cost Calculator which measures the fuel cost of a trip by asking for the trip distance, fuel efficiency of your model vehicle, and gas/fuel price. 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Driving Suggestions

A Tale Of Divine Restoration

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Feb 5, 2019 12:25:09 PM

Conceptual image of planet Earth. Ecology concept. Elements of this image are furnished by NASAAuthor Robert Swan wrote, "The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." When Swan's words were written, the world was a much different place. More specifically, people still had library cards. Modernity, however, has brought us access to all of the information in the known world at the touch of a button. And while many ignored Al Gore's pleas throughout his film, "An Inconvenient Truth", it continues to become more difficult to remain oblivious about the state of our environmental climate. 

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Cruise Down Memory Lane: The Invention Of The Automobile

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 30, 2019 2:30:45 PM


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Friends In Solidarity; Making A Difference In South Sudan

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 28, 2019 2:55:54 PM

There is a reason that the core statement of Caritas Vehicle Services is "Our mission is to serve". We chose these words because we strive to the best of our ability to provide the same care to our clients that they provide to their local & global communities. We revere the Sisters to whom we provide vehicle management solutions, learning from their devotion to God and His creation just as we hope they are able learn from our automotive expertise. With pride in this reciprocal relationship, we know that our efforts as fleet management specialists help alleviate the administrative burden of vehicle management and allow our clients to remain focused on their own ministry and mission. 

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Did You Know? Helpful Fleet Management Facts

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 14, 2019 2:17:57 PM

iStock_000024180657LargeA good teacher can explain complex topics in ways that are clear and concise. And, as anyone who has managed a fleet knows, keeping track of all the tedious details that come along with managing vehicles can be a daunting task. This is why the industry experts at LeasePlan have prepared a useful infographic that exhibits the basic tenets of fleet management in an organized and comprehensible format. For highly advantageous tips, interesting facts and vital insider information: click here! 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

Outsourcing your fleet? Now, that's a good question . . .

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 11, 2019 11:08:09 AM

Business person looking at road with question mark sign conceptMaking informed decisions often requires one to ask the right questions. If you are reading this, you are likely already asking yourself this important question: Would it make sense to outsource the management of my fleet?

Here’s the short answer: Enlisting a professional fleet management organization that has an advanced analytical toolkit, close relationships with each auto manufacturer and years of experience can reduce costs in a great many areas, while also allowing your organization to focus on your own core business. However, before deciding whether partnering with a professional fleet manager is the right move for your Community, there are a few more details to consider, and Caritas would like to smooth the decision-making process by asking a few questions of our own...

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

Pocket Protectors: Understanding Life-Cycle Cost

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 9, 2019 3:32:17 PM

3D dollar tree with hundred dollar bills Isolated over white

To help kick-off 2019, Caritas Vehicles Services is pleased to introduce a new series of articles called, “Pocket Protectors." This series will highlight the many ways we help clients to reduce the overall cost of operating their vehicle fleets. Our first article covers one of the key metrics for determining the actual cost to operate each vehicle in a fleet, which is referred to as a vehicle's  total  life-cycle cost. 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations, Fleet Discounts

Our Mission Is To Serve: Meet Brad!

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 8, 2019 3:02:21 PM

Caritas Vehicle Services is proud to introduce our newest blog series, "Our Mission Is To Serve"! Named for our mission statement, this series will provide personal profiles of the unique individuals that keep the Caritas vision alive with hard-work and dedication to the task of serving those who serve the community (religious communities and Congregations of Sisters). 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

5 Great Tips for a Safe & Happy 4th of July!!

Posted by Jody Johnson on Jul 1, 2016 2:01:08 PM


The 4th of July is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year; to travel, get together with family and friends, and enjoy the many fun festivals throughout the holiday weekend.

Unfortunately though, according to The National Safety Council, the 4th of July also has the highest number of vehicle accidents of any other holiday throughout the year. 


5 great tips from the NHTSA to help us all have a safe and happy 4th of July: 

1.  Plan a safe way home before the fun begins by designating a sober driver

2.  If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you                are sure to get home safely

3.  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement

4.  If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make                other arrangements to get to where they are going safely

5.  And remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving 

To read more safety and vehicle accident information related to the 4th of July holiday weekend, click on U.S. Department of Transportation, and please all be safe.

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Franciscan Federation 2016 Annual Conference

Posted by Jody Johnson on Jun 24, 2016 3:54:02 PM

Franciscan_Federation_Logo.jpgThe Franciscan Federation 2016 Annual Conference was held in Milwaukee, WI this past weekend, June 17-20.  And this year they're celebrating their 50 year Anniversary.

The Franciscan Federation's Mission is to "promote the exploration and study of Franciscan Evangelical Life and its implications for these ties and for the world."

"The Federation provides national and regional opportunities to collaborate, gather and celebrate so that brothers and sisters can better live the Third Order Regular call to conversion, contemplation, poverty and humility."

During the four day conference, we met many wonderful Franciscan members who are doing absolutely amazing work throughout the world, to help those in need to have a better life and an ongoing closer relationship to God, as this year's conference theme of "God's Love and Mercy, it is the Franciscan Federation's desire to bring God's love and mercy to all."

Franciscan_Federation_Conference_2016.jpgCaritas Vehicle Services, Director of Development/Operations,  Jerry Condon explains to one of the attendees of the conference, Caritas Vehicle Services supportive relationship of CARITAS For Children, a non-profit child sponsorship organization.   


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Remembering the True Meaning of Memorial Day

Posted by Jody Johnson on May 27, 2016 4:05:39 PM


As I was reading an article from the website UsMemorialDay.org, I realized that over the past few years, with life having become busier, and spring bringing warmer weather with lots of fun plans, I had become distracted from acknowledging the full meaning of Memorial Day. 

In reading this article, I was deeply moved and reminded just how important it is for us all to always remember the true meaning of this incredibly special day, remembering that Memorial Day is a day of recognition, honor and everlasting gratitude for the more than 1 million American service men and women who sacrificed their lives, to protect all of ours and the freedoms that we enjoy every day.

I am so thankful for the invaluable reminder this article has given to me, that I want to share it with all of you... please click on this link Let Every American Remember and help pass this important reminder on.



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The History of Earth Day . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on Apr 22, 2016 5:05:07 PM

Earth_Day_2016.pngThe following is an excerpt from earthday.org website:

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Topics: Driving Green

How to Renew Your Vehicle Fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Feb 15, 2016 2:03:43 PM

Great Idea #6 - from RCRI Workshop

"Sustainablity and Transportation?"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top   Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is not having  the budget to replace all of their old, high-mileage vehicles. This is a  growing problem that requires a creative financial solution. The  following Case Study highlights how one Community devised a  workable  solution for "renewing" their vehicle fleet. 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

How To Improve Fuel Economy in Winter Weather

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 28, 2015 4:03:31 PM

OldMan_Winter.pngAre you aware that driving in cold, winter weather conditions can significantly reduce your vehicle's fuel economy by as much as 30%?  Who knew? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cold air has a chilly effect on a vehicle's mpg, which can drive up the cost of operating a fleet during the winter months. The good news is these costs can be contained by following a few simple tips. To learn why your fuel economy is lower in the winter, and what drivers can do to improve fuel economy in cold weather, read the U.S. Dep't if Energy's tips here.

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Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations

How to Manage The Lifecycle Cost of Your Fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 22, 2015 1:13:47 PM

Great Idea #5 - from RCRI Workshop

"Three Ways To Manage Lifecycle Cost"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top 5 Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is not knowing how to calculate the Lifecycle Cost of a vehicle and how this information can help identify ways to reduce the operating cost of your fleet.  Our panel of guest speakers offered several Best Practices to consider. Let's take a look . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

When and How to replace old vehicles in your fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 16, 2015 5:27:03 PM

Great Idea #4 . . . one more to come!

"When is the right time to replace a vehicle?"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top 5 Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is knowing when a vehicle should be replaced, and how to obtain the highest possible selling price. Our panel of guest speakers offered several Best Practices that are easy to implement. Let's take a look . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Reduce Fleet Costs with Measurement

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 8, 2015 3:39:05 PM

Great Idea #3 . . . two more to come!

"You can't manage what you don't measure"

Whether your community has 30, 100 or 500 vehicles, how in the world do you track all the dollars spent to keep each vehicle properly maintained over its lifetime? When a driver takes their vehicle to a shop and is presented with a $1,000 estimate that includes a long list of items, how can the driver possibly know for certain if everything on the list is really necessary? Or, how can you find out which vehicles in your fleet cost the least to maintain and which ones cost the most? During our RCRI workshop, we turned to one of our guest speakers, Mr.Geof Fowler, who is a VP with LeasePlan, the world's largest fleet management company that manages over 4 million vehicles globally. Geof commented that it all begins with having a system with the right tools and process in place to track and analyze information. He also highlighted three Best Practices . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Improve Safety for Aging Drivers

Posted by Jerry Condon on Nov 30, 2015 7:00:00 AM

During the RCRI Conference in Orlando, CARITAS conducted a workshop focusing on the Top Five Challenges & Solutions for managing the transportation needs of Religious Communities. A panel of guest speakers presented Best Practices and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions  and decide which of the Best Practices should be implemented back home in their own communities. We received copies of everyone's Ideas into Action worksheets, we've summarized all of the ideas, and we are passing these along to assist in your planning efforts. 

Great Idea #2 . . . three more to come!

Address Aging Driver Issues Proactively

According to our national survey, one of the most difficult challenges facing communities today is managing issues around aging drivers. The list of issues includes making sure drivers are completing routine maintenance, and that all fender benders are being properly reported, but the toughest issue by far is knowing when is the right time for someone to stop driving due to physical or cognitive limitations, and what is the right way to communicate this sensitive message. Here are a few suggestions from the workshop:

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Topics: Driver Safety

Reduce Cost of Vehicles for Religious Communities

Posted by Brad Forbush on Nov 17, 2015 1:03:02 PM

During the RCRI Conference in Orlando, CARITAS conducted a workshop focusing on the Top Five Challenges & Solutions for managing the transportation needs of Religious Communities. A panel of guest speakers presented Best Practices and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions  and decide which of the Best Practices should be implemented back home in their own communities. We received copies of everyone's Ideas into Action worksheets, we've summarized all of the ideas, and we are passing these along to assist in your planning efforts. 

Have you started working on a Strategic Plan for managing your vehicle fleet in 2016? This is the first article in a five-part series that shares Great Ideas from the workshop. You can use these ideas to form your community's Strategic Fleet Plan for 2016 . . .now is a good time to plan improvements for next year. We hope this information is helpful!

Great Idea #1 . . . four more to come!


Auto manufacturers have different fleet incentives and VIP programs with pricing tiers that are based on the volume of vehicles to be purchased by a community in the coming model year. These volume discounts allow your community to acquire vehicles for thousands of dollars less than typical retail prices at car dealerships. Here are the basic steps to include in your plan that will ensure you'll receive the maximum fleet discounts:

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

Top 5 Habits for Greener Driving

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Nov 12, 2015 4:26:58 PM

Sister Katherine wants to do more to help the environment. She’s done all she can within her own home, but she's determined to find ways to do more. She can’t afford to buy a new electric car, but wonders if there’s anything else she can do with the car she has to improve its fuel economy or reduce the output of carbon emissions. After spending considerable time searching the internet and reading articles, Sr. Katherine decided to follow these five suggestions to become a "Greener Driver" . . .

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Topics: GreenTechnology

Learn How To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Nov 10, 2015 6:04:48 PM

If you happen to be a Michigan State fan, then you know "Go Green" is part of the school's battle cry, but for most folks, Go Green  has become a familiar reference to the effort made my an individual or an organization to minimize our society's pollution and carbon footprint. Initially, “going green” sounds like a herculean effort requiring significant changes to one's lifestyle, however this isn't always the case. Being planet-friendly can come from simple changes such as recycling and using natural light instead of electricity. For car owners, going green is becoming much easier. Car companies are developing planet-friendly technology that minimizes pollution caused by gas-powered vehicles. Knowing where to find up-to-date and accurate information about carbon vehicle emissions isn't easy. No worries, because we’ve found a great website that gives you access to a database of vehicles that are scored on a range from “greenest” to “meanest”.

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Topics: GreenTechnology

Drive Safe for July 4th Holiday Weekend!

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jul 2, 2015 3:28:00 PM

4 Safe Driving Tips for the 4th of July Holiday Weekend!

4th_of_July_Flag2The Fourth of July weekend brings thoughts of hotdogs, fireworks, and family fun, but what people don’t think about are the dangers on the road that accompany it. The National Safety Council (NSC) has released its predictions for fatalities and injuries caused by auto accidents during this holiday weekend and the numbers are sobering. The NSC is projecting the highest number of major auto accidents during a 4th of July weekend since 2008 with an estimated 409 fatalities and 49,500 serious injuries. 

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Topics: Driver Safety

Driving While Drowsy

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 24, 2015 2:12:00 PM

drowsy-drivers-flickr-photo-via-country-lemonadeWhat happens on that summer road trip after you run out of things to do? First, consider our 5 tips for enjoying your summer road trip, then consider what will happen when you get sleepy, because at some point you will get drowsy. The National Sleep Foundation notes, "1 out of 10 drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel in the last year." Keep reading to learn more about how to stay safe on the road this summer.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Does Your Community Have A Safe Driving Program?

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 19, 2015 4:26:00 PM



Here at CARITAS Vehicle Services driver safety is our number one priority, and we know it’s your top priority too. So, it’s important for your company to implement a safe driving program for all of your drivers. A safe driving program protects your drivers well being, and minimizes liability exposure for your entire community. Continue reading for our tips and links to help optimize your fleet safety program.


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Topics: Driver Safety

5 Tips for Enjoying Your Summer Road Trip

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 11, 2015 11:30:00 AM


Summer is our chance to go on vacation and visit friends, family, and various travel destinations. Vacations come with travel and sometimes the best way to travel is by driving, so keeping those drives interesting is important. Here are a few tips that can help make your road trip more enjoyable . . .

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GE Fleet Up For Sale . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 7, 2015 9:39:00 AM


Automotive Fleet reported that General Electric recently annouced plans to sell its Fleet Management business unit by 2018 in a move to shed its non-core businesses. This continues a recent flurry of buy-sell activity among the top four Fleet Management companies in the U.S. Click on the link below to read the full story . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

12th Annual Green Vehicles Workshop & Showcase Highlights

Posted by Sarah Huber on May 1, 2015 3:55:00 PM



Vehicle technology is constantly evolving.  Alternative fuel sources, such as hybrid, diesel/ bio diesel, as well as electric powered, are becoming more cost effective for today's everyday commuter and for fleets of varying sizes.  These advances allow for reduced environmental impact.


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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Driver Safety, GreenTechnology

Does Your Community Need A Vehicle Coordinator?

Posted by Brad Forbush on Apr 16, 2015 3:51:00 PM

Top Three Reasons For Appointing a Vehicle Coordinator


At 7:30 a.m., Sr. Barbara who is the Finance Manager for a Congregation of Catholic Religious Women, arrives at her office and immediately receives a call from a driver who had just been in an accident. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured, but the vehicle was disabled and the driver was stranded in a remote location without transportation. While speaking to the driver, Sr. Barbara receives another call from from a repair shop to review a $2,000 repair estimate for another vehicle. It takes the next two hours to gather information, sort through the details, call the insurance company and rental car agency, and make sure that both drivers are properly taken care of. During the flurry of commotion, Sr. Barbara remembers that she needs to return two emails from other drivers with questions about their vehicles, and she has to figure out which four cars the community should replace before the annual budget committee meeting, which is in two days. It's now 11:00 a.m. and Sr. Barbara hasn't even begun the work she had planned for the day.

 For many Religious Communities, this scenario is all too familiar, and for those who've ever wondered if there's a better way, I would like to introduce you to Sr. Carol Janowiak, Vehicle Coordinator for the IHM Sisters of Monroe, Michigan. For the past 20 years, Sr. Carol has served her community of Sisters as their "go to" person for all of their auto-related needs. I recently had the pleasure of visiting with Sr. Carol to learn about her experience and how she has managed to juggle the responsibility of managing over 200 vehicles along with her other duties for these many years. What she shared can be summarized into the top three reasons your community should appoint a Vehicle Coordinator . . .

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How to Select a Fleet Management Partner?

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Apr 9, 2015 10:05:00 AM

5 Tips for Selecting a Fleet Management Company 

You have the idea that you might need a fleet manager to aid with your vehicle management strategies...but where do you start?  To help, we have provided five tips for selecting a fleet management company:

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How to turn a penny into $120,000 !

Posted by Brad Forbush on Mar 6, 2015 12:03:00 PM

To the average person, a penny is only worth one cent. But, if your organization owns and operates 30, 100, or over 500 vehicles, one penny can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. How can this be so? It’s all in the math . . . let’s take a look:

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

Three Best Ways to Reduce Fleet Operating Expenses

Posted by Jerry Condon on Feb 27, 2015 2:04:00 PM


With 2015 well underway, it's the right time to make these three Best Practices part of your strategy to reduce the cost of transportation for your community.

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

When To Consider Fleet Management?

Posted by Jerry Condon on Feb 18, 2015 4:08:00 PM


It’s not uncommon for small to medium-size organizations including many of our non-profit and faith-based clients that use vehicles in the normal course of running their operation to underestimate the financial impact of managing vehicles. Vehicles are depreciating assets that can become a “black hole” of expense when not properly managed. The solution is to develop and implement a Fleet Management system that is designed to reduce the operating cost of your vehicles. But, how do you know if you really need a Fleet Management program? Answer the following 10 questions to find out . . .

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

Top Ten Ways to Green Your Fleet

Posted by Beatrice Maynor on Jan 29, 2015 11:53:00 AM


             How can you reduce your fleet's carbon footprint?                 

Top performing Fleet Managers pay close attention to the overall "health" of each vehicle in their fleet, they focus on improving driver behavior, and implement the following best practices:

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs

Cheap Gas, at What Cost?

Posted by Beatrice Maynor on Jan 22, 2015 9:49:00 AM

There’s a lot in the news about the pros and cons of cheaper oil prices.

Gas prices are at an historic low. Sales of SUVs are up because people can afford to fill their bigger, thirstier tanks. Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and GM all saw increases in the sale of their SUVS according to a Bloomberg report. Theoretically more people are driving, simply because they can afford to do so. When gas prices were high, likely folks were more conscious of combining all of their errands into one trip, or sharing a ride, or riding the bus, or train.

Depending on your outlook, cheaper fuel prices may or may not be a good thing.

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Topics: GreenTechnology

Receive your complimentary Fleet Analysis . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on Oct 7, 2014 5:07:00 PM



Greetings from your friends at CARITAS Vehicle Services . . . we hope you're enjoying the arrival of the fall season!  This is the time of year that we conduct annual Fleet Analysis Reports as a courtesy service for Catholic Religious congregations from all around the country. The report includes 16 pages of detailed information that can help your leadership team discuss and make decisions regarding your community's drivers and vehicles. Some of the topics covered include:

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Outsourcing Fleet Management and Maintenance

Posted by Brad Forbush on Jul 14, 2014 4:26:00 PM

When should you consider a Virtual Fleet Manager?

Outsourcing your Fleet Management and Maintenance

Whether you have a fleet of 15 or 500 vehicles, proper fleet management will reduce your organization’s operating costs and save a significant amount of time for your administrative team. So, when does it make sense to consider partnering with a professional fleet management firm? The following questions will help you determine whether or not you should consider outsourcing your fleet management.


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Elderly Driver Safety

Posted by Brad Forbush on May 6, 2014 4:59:00 PM


5 Practices for Protecting Aging Drivers

  • Develop a written Vehicle Safety Policy – Today, most insurance companies require organizations that provide vehicles to their associates to have written safety policies. The purpose of having these policies in place is threefold.
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Best Practices Guide

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Feb 11, 2014 3:48:00 PM

Greetings from you friends at Caritas Vehicle Services!  We hope your new year is off to a very smooth and productive start!  As part of our ongoing effort to maintain high standards of service, we recently conducted a survey with our Catholic Religious clients to seek their input on how we may better serve their transportation needs.  A strong consensus emerged around a particular idea, which is to have Caritas provide a detailed summary of Best Practices for managing a Congregation's vehicles.
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Green Your Fleet

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Feb 6, 2014 4:53:00 PM

Green Fleet Best Practices

 Green_Fleet_ImageOne of the most important aspects of vehicle management going forward is ensuring that we minimize our destructive environmental impact as much as possible. Environmental management for fleets typically focuses on greenhouse gases, air pollution, and MPG; and it includes the following:

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Vehicle Management for Religious Communities

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Jan 31, 2014 1:58:00 PM

Vehicles are a major expense to any business...Religious Communities are no exception.Caritas_Picture_1

While vehicles are necessary tools for working within your chosen ministry, their purchase and upkeep may not be foremost in the drivers mind. All drivers have the Community's best interest at heart, but lack of expertise can end up costing thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs and downtime.

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Measurement and Analytics: How to Improve Your Fleet Management’s Productivity

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Jan 29, 2014 5:04:00 PM

How to improve your fleet management performance?digital-media-measurement

We recently asked top performing Fleet Managers from around the country to identify one aspect of their job that drives the greatest overall improvement in their fleet operations. The #1 response – Measurement!


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What Does a Fleet Manager Do?

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Jan 23, 2014 4:27:00 PM

What Are the Key Responsibilities of an Effective Fleet Manager?


A Professional Fleet Manager is your “go to” expert for everything automotive. A Fleet Manager’s primary role is to protect your company’s investment in vehicle assets and this requires someone with a high level of auto industry expertise, advanced management and consulting skills, and the personal commitment to partner with your management team as a trusted advisor. Whether you have $100k or $50m in vehicles on the road, a skilled Fleet Manager’s job is to reduce the risk and operating expense of your fleet. So, exactly how do successful a Fleet managers do this?  Let’s take a look . . .

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Safe Vehicle Practices for Assisted Living Communities

Posted by Eliott Fitch on Jan 7, 2014 1:46:00 PM


Safe Vehicles and Good Driving Practices

In an assisted living community, nothing is more important than the safety of the residents in their care.  These individuals and their families entrust the community to maintain a level of service that is second to none.  All assisted living communities take major steps to ensure the safety of their residents within the confines of the establishment by capable staff, but what steps are being taken to ensure the safety of the residents when they must be moved by on-site vehicles? 

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