For the fifth consecutive year, Arvada-based nonprofit Hope House partnered with Lake Arbor Auto and Hands of the Carpenter to donate a used car to a local teen mom in need. On April 29, Mackenzie …
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For the fifth consecutive year, Arvada-based nonprofit Hope House partnered with Lake Arbor Auto and Hands of the Carpenter to donate a used car to a local teen mom in need. On April 29, Mackenzie Deshon, a mom of two, was presented with a 2003 Toyota Corolla at Lake Arbor Auto in Westminster — just in time for Mother’s Day.
Hands of the Carpenter, a nonprofit based in Golden, accepts donated vehicles and coordinates to match them with single mothers and women in need. Hope House has been coordinating with Hands of the Carpenter and Lake Arbor Auto — who performs complimentary repairs to the vehicle and helps the recipient learn about car maintenance for their first year with the vehicle — since 2017.
This is the first car Deshon, mother to Jayson (3) and Malaysia (2 months), will own. She said that the car will allow her to be more independent and provide for her children.
“It feels great to have to rely on people or ask people for things,” said Deshon. “I’ve been working really hard this past year, and I feel like it’s all paying off. (Hope House) has pushed me and showed me the person I can be, and I’m just always working towards that every day.”
Sean Kuchera, a Service Consultant at Lake Arbor Auto, detailed the complimentary service lessons that will be provided to Deshon during her first year with the Corolla.
“We’ll start with a simple oil change,” said Kuchera, “and then have them bring it in every three months so we can make sure there’s no leaks they don’t recognize. Since this is her first vehicle, we can show her what to keep an eye on and get her in the habit of just knowing what to look for on her own.”
Lake Arbor Technician Chris Crotty explained the work-up he performed on the car after it was donated by Hands of the Carpenter, while also highlighting the importance of the program to him.
“We did a whole look-over the entire car to make sure everything is running safely,” said Crotty, “and double-checking everything and getting stuff fixed after it needs to be fixed to make sure it’s road-safe. Giving these cars away to people that are really in need of it is great and it’s great to be a part of this. So, I’m glad to do the work.”
Hope House Founder and Director Lisa Steven thanked Lake Arbor and Hands of the Carpenter for their ongoing partnership and its impact on the moms Hope House works with.
“We appreciate the ongoing partnership with Lake Arbor Auto,” she said. “We rely heavily on local businesses and charitable organizations such as Lake Arbor and Hands of The Carpenter. We know how invested they are in our mission.”
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