Catholic Charities organizes effort to donate car to victim of domestic violence

WICHITA – The keys to a Nissan Sentra, loaded with basic life necessities, was presented to a local woman who has been a victim of domestic violence Friday, April 20, at Collision Specialists CARSTAR, 8923 W. Kellogg Drive.
The event, sponsored by Catholic Charities, a diocesan agency, was a collaborative effort designed to help a survivor of domestic violence, and a very deserving woman, improve her life.
Sharla Elmore lives in Haysville and has a school-age child, but city buses do not stop near her area. Catholic Charities chose Elmore to receive the vehicle so she can drive her child to school and get to and from her work in north Wichita.
The 2001 Nissan Sentra was refurbished and repaired by Collision Specialists CARSTAR Auto Body Repair and donated by Farmers Insurance Group to be used in the Recycled Rides program. Recycled Rides is a national awareness program, sponsored by the National Auto Body Council, in which body shops repair and donate used vehicles to families in need.
A recent study completed by the Ways to Work program indicates that having a dependable car can increase income up to 41 percent and can improve quality of life up to 89 percent.
“When CARSTAR Body Shops approached us about the Recycled Rides project, we were very pleased,” said Cynthia Colbert, executive director of Catholic Charities. “Providing reliable transportation to a hard-working woman so she can better her life fits our mission of building strong families.”
Steven Fielding, general manager for Collision Specialists, said each year body shops see cars that are written-off or totaled by either the owner or the insurance company.
“Many times all these vehicles need is some TLC or mechanical or body work to get them road ready and safe to drive,” Fielding said. “We decided to join the Recycled Rides project, and Farmers Insurance Group generously donated an economical salvage car.”
The vehicle had been in a minor collision and was in a local salvage yard. The staff at the west location of Collision Specialists CARSTAR volunteered their time to repair the car.
“This has been a labor of love, and our staff worked hard to make the donation a reality,” Fielding said.
He said his company was excited to partner with Catholic Charities in the effort.