YOU’RE A WINNER!
This year, Ronnie Johnston of Westside Collision/First Choice Collision decided to “make-over” a car, fill it with Christmas gifts, and donate it to a family in need. This year’s recipient was our very own Melissa, single mom to 4 year old son, Kojaniek, and 2 year old daughter, Maleigha! She was surprised at a ceremony and Christmas Party on December 16, just in time for the holidays, and is using the vehicle to get to her job as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a Conroe clinic, to Lone Star College where she is taking classes towards her Licensed Vocational Nursing degree ‘scholarshipped’ by the Family Promise Education fund, and transporting her two children to child care. Congratulations, Melissa!
Organizing the celebration was Westside Collision’s Kristin Venema, Marketing & Sales Rep., and joining forces to revamp the vehicle were: Big LeRoy’s Auto Salvage, Keystone/LKQ, Napa Auto Parts, Glass & Mirror, James Newman Auto, Overdrive Automotive, Servepro, Richard Martin with Integrated Financial Resources, Randy Lovelace with Paragon Insurance, Kelly Dickson with Azko Nobel, Grease Monkey, Deanna Ooley with Personal Finance Management, Rico’s Grill, and Dwight Kirkpatrick of Enterprise Rental Car.
In spite of what seemed like insurmountable odds, Richard and Tawnya are safely snuggled in a place of their own, having successfully completed our program. They arrived at Family Promise with two wonderful children, Jalen (age 10) and Briana (age 7), and left us with a third, baby Evangeline. Richard said their strong faith in God, and His plan for their family, sustained him during the most hopeless moments. After weeks of searching and struggling, Richard finally landed employment at a gas station/convenience store. The family’s vehicle was in the process of being repossessed, but Family Promise had been donated an SUV just the right size for a family of five, so a transportation disaster was averted! Then, his long-awaited career job came through, and Richard was hired as an office manager and medical assistant at a kidney doctor’s office in The Woodlands. To continue to improve the family’s financial situation, Richard kept his other job and moonlights there in the evenings, working 14 hour days. The family has been richly blessed by acceptance to C.K.’s House .