At Caliber Collision, we always keep a hopeful eye on the horizon, looking for new ways to restore rhythm to the communities we serve. So, when local veterans and civilians get blindsided by bad luck and left without a vehicle, Recycled Rides steps in to get them back on the road.
Recycled Rides is a program that gives deserving drivers a newly refurbished vehicle and, hopefully, a newly refurbished outlook on life. In 2017 alone, we were proud to provide 60 veterans and families with transportation––more than ever before. In just the last month, dozens of Caliber teammates, insurance partners, parts suppliers and local businesses came together in a coordinated effort to surprise three heroes in need.
Bruce Lockwood is a Vietnam-era veteran who first served in the U.S. Air Force, dedicating his life to our country. Now, he dedicates his life as a civilian, working as a career counselor for veteran Marines. After his service, Bruce developed muscular dystrophy, but, since it wasn’t service-related, he’s not covered by veteran support services. To recognize Lockwood and help him get to work more easily, we were proud to refurbish a wheelchair-accessible car built specifically for him and surprise him with it on May 25. Now, after sacrificing to ensure our country’s freedom, he’s got the freedom to hit the road once again.
After spending six years at Andrews Air Force Base defending our rights, Melody Mganga now spends her time supporting her two children––including her daughter, who suffers from sickle cell anemia. Earlier this year, Melody’s car broke down, making it impossible to balance her daughter’s care and a full-time job. To help, Veterans Bridge Home (VBH) in Charlotte, NC offered Melody part-time work taking care of her fellow veterans so she could make more time for her daughter. After hearing her story, we teamed up with VBH to surprise Melody and her family with a refurbished vehicle on June 8. Now, she can keep a steady job, keep taking care of her daughter, and keep life moving forward.
Last fall, Brianna Pettway’s two-year-old daughter, Ariane, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. To make things worse, just after treatment began, Brianna's car broke down, making the regular 35-mile journey to and from treatment a huge financial strain. On May 27, we were proud to give Brianna a newly refurbished car, helping her and her family stay by Ariane's side as she undergoes treatment. It was our pleasure to give back to Brianna, so she can give her daughter the strength to fight back.
At Caliber, we are always humbled by the opportunity to serve our local veterans and civilians by providing the gift of mobility when it’s needed most. To find out more information about our Recycled Rides program, click here to visit the program page on our website.