Northern Kentucky Shelter for Homeless Families Gets a Car for Free

Monday, June 25, 2012

Executive Director Lisa Desmarais with donated 2002 Toyota Highlander

Newport, KY — Family Promise of Northern Kentucky (formerly the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Northern Kentucky), recently received a 2002 Toyota Highlander car for free.  Charity Cars, a national non-profit that donates cars to assist struggling families in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency, notified Family Promise in January of their intention to give the agency a free car.  Charity Cars then worked closely with local Auto Body Shop, CarStar Collision Care of Newport on 2350 Alexandria Pike in Southgate, KY, to repair the car and ready it for use by the agency. 

Family Promise of NKY is a faith-based collaborative that empowers Northern Kentucky children and their families experiencing temporary homelessness to attain sustainable independence. “This is such a blessing to the families we serve”, said Lisa Desmarais, Executive Director of the Northern Kentucky Family Promise agency. The car has an estimated value of $9,000.  Family Promise of NKY plans to use the car to transport the families in its programs to doctor’s appointments, social services appointments, and job interviews.  The car will also be used to pick up families who lack their own private transportation to get to the shelter.   
 “This vehicle will help us to serve our clients, most of whom do not have their own transportation”, remarks Ms. Desmarais.  “We are so appreciative to Charity Cars for this donation.  We are also grateful to Mr. Keith Foster of CarStar Collision Care who worked tirelessly to ready this car for us.  Mr. Foster, in coordination with five other automotive services companies in the Greater Cincinnati area, donated all of the parts and labor needed to get the vehicle to us in perfect working condition”.


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