August 20, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Project Self-Sufficiency participant Yolanda Dones recently received a newly-refurbished van from Elite Automotive & Tire as part of the used vehicle donation program at Project Self-Sufficiency. The young woman had been struggling to take her child to daycare and get to work using the public transportation system in Sussex County. When she learned that she was going to receive a free car, she was shocked. “I started crying, I was so happy,” recalls Yolanda. “It feels very good to be more self-sufficient.”
Elite Automotive & Tire owner Dave Hergert coordinated the donation of a 2003 Honda Odyssey to Yolanda. The local shop is a family-owned, full service auto repair center and New Jersey state inspection station. “We are one of the three top-performing NAPA auto care centers in the area,” commented Dave. “We had the car and we did what we had to do to make it work. NAPA sponsored the vehicle repair work by giving us the parts. We supplied the labor. We decided to go through Project Self-Sufficiency because we’re trying to do something local and give back to the community.”
“It is extremely difficult to function as a family in our area without access to a reliable vehicle,” commented Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “This young woman desperately needed a car to get to work, and we are delighted to be able to pass this vehicles along to her. We are tremendously grateful to Elite Automotive and Tire for their role in this effort. Project Self-Sufficiency has been fortunate to be the recipient of several vehicles from individuals and area businesses, and we will continue to welcome the donation of good quality, pre-owned vehicles from our neighbors for families in need.”
Project Self-Sufficiency is a private non-profit community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income families residing in northwestern New Jersey. The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to improve their lives and the lives of their children while achieving personal and economic self-sufficiency and family stability. Since 1986 Project Self-Sufficiency has served more than 20,000 families, including more than 30,000 children.
To donate a car to Project Self-Sufficiency, or to find out more about the programs and services available at the agency, call 973-940-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.