Atlanta resident John Quinones had struggled with adversity, even while he tried to make a positive impact in the lives of others. A lack of transportation had held him back from the kind of job opportunities he desired.
All of that changed today with the gift of a restored vehicle by the NABC Recycled Rides program during the annual vehicle presentation during the 2018 NACE Automechanika Show in Atlanta. Quinones was presented a 2014 Dodge Avenger SE, which will provide him years of reliable transportation that will allow him to pursue a higher paying job, a new residence and a higher standard of living.
The vehicle was donated by Farmers Insurance of Atlanta. The repair work was performed by the Mall of Georgia Ford Collision Center, a Berkshire Hathaway Automotive facility. Partners like FCA donated all of the materials through Troncalli Jeep Chrysler.
Quinones, who was nominated by MUST Ministries, was emotional and excited during the presentation.
“I can’t believe this day,” he said. “They told me not to get emotional, but I can’t help it. Not only will I be able to get a better job and not have to walk to work, I can drive to visit my mother for her birthday and go see family in North Carolina. It really is a life changing experience.”
“It is an honor and humbling experience to be a part of each of our NABC Recycled Rides™ giftings,” said Bill Garoutte, President and CEO of the National Auto Body Council. “To help put someone on the road to achieving their career goals and a better life is what this program is all about. We wish John all the success in the future.”
NABC Recycled Rides™ is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the Recycled Rides™ program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council have donated over 1,700 vehicles valued at more than $24 million.
MUST Ministries is a Georgia-based charity that addresses the basic needs of individuals, families and children with facilities in the Cobb and Cherokee counties and programs in other area counties.