Homeless Folsom veteran receives car donation from local body shop

By: Telegraph Staff
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A hard-working local Army veteran and his family, who had been sleeping in a family car that barely runs, received keys to a brand new 2016 Nissan Sentra on June 14 from Caliber Collision-Folsom and Allstate as part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™ program.

Iraq War Army Veteran Derrick Broussard served his country from 2003-2013. Since returning to civilian life, Broussard has faced multiple financial challenges, yet he is determined and focused on his goals to ensure a better future for his family, which includes two sons, ages 10 and three. Broussard balances full-time work and a full-time class schedule, commuting on his bicycle one to two hours daily, rain or shine.

With support from Volunteers of America, which nominated Broussard for the Recycled Rides program, the family is now in temporary housing as they work towards their goal of independence and stability.

The Recycled Rides vehicle serves as a stepping stone to financial recovery by enabling Broussard to pursue better paying job opportunities, complete his education, and provide a better quality of life for his family.

The Recycled Rides vehicle was donated by Allstate and repaired by technicians at Caliber Collision-Folsom, who volunteered their services to repair the vehicle as a community service. Recycled Rides™ is a collaborative program by collision industry professionals to repair and donate vehicles to individuals in need.

Over the past five years, Caliber Collision and its industry partners have donated nearly 150 vehicles valued at nearly $2 million.