, a car repair shop in Roseville, has a long history of helping the families at .
For the last 8 years, in addition to making a 10-year commitment to annual financial support of Home Start's programs, Cooks Collision has also refurbished and donated four vehicles to needy families who were successful graduates of the Home Start program.
that serves families in Placer County.
"We were looking for an organization that centered around helping children in the area. We met (Executive Director) Ann, and felt Home Start was a good fit for us. We appreciate the structured environment for families and children," said Mike Barber, Vice President of Operations at Cooks Collision.
Transportation for the families Roseville Home Start serves is a critical factor in getting and keeping a job and moving up the career ladder toward financial independence. The lack of a car limits employment and housing options, making it even harder to move into safer neighborhoods or ones with better schools. A lack of transportation affects families is less obvious ways as well, like less time to spend with family, less after-school activities for kids, fewer visits to the doctor when necessary, and much more. It reduces each family’s participation in the greater community, thus limiting their world and their future.
In February, Cooks Collision donated a minivan for Rosa and her family of 8 children. Rosa recently found employment about a half an hour away from Roseville. She often works the graveyard shift, which makes public transportation less of an option. She desperately needed a vehicle to help her and her family achieve true self-sufficiency. Home Start called Cooks Collision, and they generously refurbished one of their courtesy vans for Rosa's family, including new brakes, tires, bumpers, a new windshield, and smog certification.
"I've never been given anything like this in my life" said Rosa. "Thank you so much for my entire family!"
—Information provided by Roseville Home Start