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A young Arvada mom will find caring for her son and getting to school and work easier, thanks to a car donated by Westminster’s Lake Arbor Auto.
This is the third year the shop has donated a used car to a select young mother through Hope House, a charity that helps young mothers get an education, find work and be better parents.
“We recognize that the teen moms at Hope House need help in establishing their self-sufficiency, and a dependable vehicle is a solid component of that self-sufficiency,” said Dana TePoel, owner of Lake Arbor Auto. “We see this kind of donation as a recipe for success when it’s in the hands of a responsible young woman.”
TePoel and his company donated a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina with 75,000 to Lexus Flanery, 20, and her three-year-old son Nathaniel outside the shop May 2.
TePoel said the car was donated to the shop by a customer that had already made more than $4,000 in repairs. Joey Smith, a technician at Lake Arbor Auto, completed another $500 worth of repairs, including brake work and installing a new water pump.
Lake Arbor Auto also plans to provide a year’s worth of preventative maintenance service at no charge. It’s the third year the shop has donated a car to Hope House mom, in honor of Mothers Day.
Hope House Family Advocate Kelsey Shelander said the group selected Flanery because of her hard work. The group is currently helping more than 200 young mothers find better circumstances.
“She has been busting her butt, getting her GED, riding a longboard to classes because she didn’t have a car,” Shelander said. “She longboards to work and maintained her job the entire time. She’s extremely respectful and hard working for as young as she is.”
Flanery just completed her GED and hopes to continue her education, ultimately working in the health field, as a veterinarian technician or in make up fields.
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