Mountlake Terrace woman receives gift of transportation

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Troy Penry GEICO Region 10 Auto Damage Director, with recipient Alicia Stout.
Troy Penry, GEICO Region 10 Auto Damage Director, helps present Alicia Stout (right) with a vehicle.

A Mountlake Terrace single mother with three special needs children received a completely refurbished vehicle through Recycled Rides, a nationwide community service program sponsored locally by GEICO, Kirmac Collision/Thoroughbred and Enterprise Rent-A-Car

The vehicle was presented to Alicia Stout last week at the GEICO offices in Renton. Recycled Rides is a community service program of the National Auto Body Council in which insurance companies, rental car companies and auto body repairers team up to refurbish and donate vehicles to individuals nominated by local charitable organizations. GEICO has donated 25 vehicles through the Recycled Rides program this year.

Stout was nominated by the YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish, where she turned when seeking shelter with her children. The YWCA helped her move to transitional housing after six months, and she now has a part-time job as an in-home caregiver. The young mother is slowly rebuilding a stable home life for her three children, all of whom need special care and medical attention because of autism.

Alicia Stout with her mini-van.
Alicia Stout with her vehicle.

Transportation has been a serious problem and the family has had to take numerous buses for regular medical visits, therapy appointments, and routine grocery shopping. Stout often takes 6-7 buses daily as she commutes to and from her work appointments.

“We congratulate Alicia for her strength and determination to improve the quality of life for herself and her children,” said Martha Furnas, GEICO regional vice president. “GEICO’s ongoing commitment to the Recycled Rides program is driven by the resilience of many individuals like Alicia who need reliable transportation to help them turn the corner and get back on the road to a brighter future.”

“Lack of reliable transportation is one of the biggest obstacles for individuals like Alicia who struggle to rebuild their lives,” said Brian Cronk, regional director for Kirmac/Thoroughbred. “Giving back to our community is important to us, and we are proud to partner with GEICO and Enterprise Rent-A-Car to donate a vehicle to Alicia and her family.”

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