Former Wisconsin-based homeless family receives NABC Recycled Ride

June 25, 2015
A former homeless family of four has received a newly refurbished vehicle from 1Collision County Line and MetLife through the National Auto Body Recycled Rides program.
A former homeless family of four has received a newly refurbished vehicle from 1Collision County Line and MetLife through the National Auto Body Recycled Rides program.  The keys to the 2006 Honda CRV were presented to the family on Friday, June 5, at 1Collision County Line’s facility at N96W14555 County Line Rd in Menomonee Falls.

LeeAnn Petri, her fiancée Michael Roth and their three children were a hard-working middle-class family whose lives were turned upside down when they became homeless, and spent time living on campgrounds.  In October of 2014, the family received help from Family Promise of Washington County, providing shelter and support to the family for ten weeks until they were able to move into their own home in Hartford.

The National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program in which collision repair companies, insurers, and rental car companies collaborate to repair and donate recycled vehicles to families and service organizations in need.

“This family is a great example of the effort it takes to recover from homelessness and return to stable housing”, said Kathleen Christenson-Fisher, Executive Director of Family Promise Washington County.

“Reliable transportation is something many of us take for granted but for families who do not have this luxury, it can be a daily challenge” said Jim Keller Jr from 1Collision County Line.  “We are proud to partner with MetLife to ease this burden for this deserving family.”

Larry  Cholewin representing Met Life commented during the vehicle presentation ceremony “What everybody did is small token of appreciation of what you are doing now, coming full circle…”

MetLife donated the 2006 Honda CRV which was refurbished by 1Collision County Line team members who volunteered their time to repair the vehicle.  Vehicle parts were also donated by 1Collision County Line, Nik’s Auto Parts, David Hobbs Honda, and Premier Auto Glass.

ABC TV Affiliate WISN 12 News aired two stories during the week of the presentation-

1Collision County Line is a collision repair facility affiliated with the 1Collision Network, a group of Collision Repair Specialists operating in multiple states that are committed to operating professional, trusting collision repair centers that provide superior service and quality of repairs. 

Family Promise with 180 independent affiliates in 41 states,helps provide food, shelter, and support for low-income families through the work of volunteers.​

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