Houska Automotive Donates 16th Vehicle to Project Self-Sufficiency

Jul 8, 2024 | Member News

SUV presented to single mother at Lagoon Summer Concert Series at CSU

For 16 years, Houska Automotive in Fort Collins has been a stalwart partner of Project Self-Sufficiency of Northern Colorado, positively impacting numerous lives. Since its founding in 1952, Houska’s has steadfastly given back to Northern Colorado and this year awarded Project Self-Sufficiency participant Victoria a quality 2012 GMC Terrain with 76,000 miles.

“I feel incredibly grateful for this vehicle because I rely on being able to commute about 100 miles each weekday to Denver to earn an associate degree in respiratory therapy,” explained Victoria. “My success is 100% reliant on my presence and engagement in the program. I will now also be able to ensure that my son, D’Andre, is able to get to school and participate in his sports activities, which is also important to me.”

“The Houska Automotive team is proud to be able to donate a vehicle to a family of Project Self-Sufficiency for the 16th year,” said Houska Automotive Vice President LJ Houska.  “As many of us know, raising kids is not an easy job, especially if you don’t have reliable transportation. Hopefully, this car will make Victoria’s life a little easier.  Helping with transportation needs/issues is what we have done for the past 72 years.”

Weld Community Outreach and Program Advisor Mistie Trefry explained, “Victoria had to borrow a family member’s car after her vehicle broke down but needed to share this with others. If Victoria is unsuccessful in her academic achievements, more than a degree is riding on it: It would mean repaying her employer for the education expenses they are covering if she is unable to complete her degree successfully.”

“I have worked in healthcare for over 15 years, and I have seen that respiratory therapists are the EMTs of the hospital – I want to be a part of that,” shared Victoria. “During COVID, I saw an RT’s vital role in their patients’ care and how much of a difference they make. I also want my son and my cousins to see me be successful in my education so that I can inspire them to pursue some form of higher education.”

“I am so grateful to Project Self Sufficiency and to Houska Automotive for supporting me in my educational journey with this vehicle. A significant stress has been lifted from my shoulders, and that feeling is priceless,” Victoria continued. “My son and I are both extremely thankful, and I told him that I hope to one day pay it forward and similarly help a single parent.”

Project Self-Sufficiency Development Director Lyndsey Hertz added, “Houska Automotive has been an outstanding community partner of Project Self-Sufficiency for nearly two decades. Their generosity has profoundly impacted the lives of 16 single-parent families through car donations. We are deeply grateful for Houska’s unwavering support of our mission, empowering single parents to achieve self-sufficiency.

About Houska Automotive

Houska Automotive is dedicated to providing quality auto and truck service, just as Chuck Houska did when he started in 1952. houskaautomotive.com | 970.821.8652.

About Project Self-Sufficiency

Project Self-Sufficiency has been bringing the power of education to single parents for over 35 years. bringthepower.org | 970.635.5912