Houska Automotive Donates Car to Project Self-Sufficiency

Jun 21, 2023 | Member News

Recipient presented Chevy Cruze at June at Lagoon Summer Concert Series opener

For over a dozen years, Houska Automotive in Fort Collins has partnered with Project Self-Sufficiency to award a quality, used vehicle to one of the nonprofit’s participants. This year, Houska proudly awarded a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze LT to Jennifer S, and her children, ages 18, 16, and one at Wednesday’s Summer Lagoon Concert Series opener, in front of 2,700 people

“Houska Automotive is dedicated to making sure that our neighbors are being transported in a vehicle that is safe, reliable, and runs well,” said Jason Lightbody, vice president of tire operations.  “After over 70 years of serving our community, we’re honored that we’re in a position to give back and support Jennifer and the great work done by Project Self-Sufficiency.”

Jennifer had relied on her oldest daughter to help with transportation, which included taking her other kids to and from school. She’s thrilled that, thanks to Project Self-Sufficiency and Houska Automotive and their partnered donor program, she will have her own car.

“We selected Jennifer because she is starting her internship this summer and did not have a vehicle, which would make it difficult to show up reliably without one,” explained Project Self-Sufficiency’s Natasia Lovato Garcia, who coordinates the Cars for Families Program and was a previous vehicle recipient. “She has worked very hard on her goals with her advisor – she’s very persistent and tenacious – and she continues to show progress toward her goals, and her internship begins June 15, the day after she received the car.”

“I am excited to start my internship at Sober Lighthouse Living since it fits my career goal and I will get good experience there,” Jennifer shared. “Without the car, I didn’t have a way to get there, so I was either going to have to ask my oldest daughter or use a bus that would take many hours out of my day. I also didn’t have a way to get to CSU for the fall semester, but thanks to Houska Automotive, now I do!”

Reliable transportation is critical as single parents enrolled in Project Self-Sufficiency take steps to increase their education, gain work experience, and become economically independent while building a strong, healthy family. “When a participant’s car breaks down – and they are unable to get themselves to and from school – it increases their risk of dropping out BY FAR or failing classes,” said Lovato Garcia.


About Houska Automotive

Houska Automotive is dedicated to providing quality auto and truck service, just like Chuck Houska did back when he started the business in 1952. Visit houskaautomotive.com to learn more or call 970-821-8652.

(L-R) Natasia Lovato Garcia PSS Cars for Families Program Coordinator, Yaricza Castaneda (Jennifer’s PSS Advisor)

Christian, Madison, Jennifer with June in her arms, LJ Houska, Jason Lightbody representing Houska’s Automotive.