The last time John Quinones owned a car was in 2005.

The metro Atlanta man had to walk five miles to and from work, just to make ends meet.

That all changed, Thursday, when Quiones received a brand new car from the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program. The program rewards people in the community who've overcome adversity.

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Quinones' ability to stay positive after losing two jobs and his apartment led Must Ministries to nominate him.

11Alive's cameras were there for that special moment. Quinones said he was just grateful for the kindness of those who noticed his resilience.

"I'm loving this right now. I'm just so overwhelmed, I can't wait 'til everything goes through, I'll be able to visit my family," he explained. "I wasn't going to believe it until I had keys in my hand, and I have the keys in my hand, so I'm grateful. I'm very grateful."

Now, the first thing Quinones wants to do? Visit his two grand children and his mother, who he hasn't seen in five years.