A single mother of two who was once homeless was given help in balancing family obligations and work just in time for Christmas by Springfield, Ill.-based Zara’s Collision Center.
Katherine Cutler, along with daughter Nakisha, 3, and son Isaiah, 2, were presented a completely refurbished 1998 Buick Regal and other gifts at a Dec. 9 ceremony and luncheon at Zara’s.
This is the 11th year that Zara’s has purchased at least one vehicle, restored it and then donated the vehicle to an individual or organization in need. Over the course of the 11 years, Zara’s says it has given away 16 refurbished vehicles. A comprehensive maintenance check is done to verify the vehicle’s safety and reliability.
Cutler, a former resident at the Contact Ministries shelter, now enjoys the independence of living in an apartment with her children. Before moving into the shelter, she was homeless. Cutler has been employed by CBC Credit Services for a year. The vehicle will help Cutler travel to and from work, in addition to making trips to the grocery store and medical appointments for the children, Zara’s says.
“This is the highlight of the Christmas season for us,” said co-owner Julie Zara. “Providing something that makes an immediate difference in someone’s life is very gratifying to all of us at Zara’s.”
Support of vendors, friends, family and employees was strong again this year, Zara added: “Toys, gift and gas cards, parts, mechanical repairs and financial assistance were received from 35 different groups.”
Zara’s Collision Center is among the Akzo Nobel Acoat selected shops across the country giving away a vehicle in December as part of a national effort to present refurbished cars to deserving individuals during the holiday season.
“The program highlights individuals who are working to help themselves,” said Zara. “A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are among the eligibility requirements.”
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