FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15th 2010 Houston Texas

On December 14th, the crowd celebrated on the grounds of Metropolitan Collision Service (MCS) with Ms. Laura Reid, a deserving AVANCE parent, as she was handed the keys to her new vehicle. (MCS) awarded this car to Ms. Reid in recognition of her commitment to her children’s education and success.

Reid calls it “an unforgettable Christmas moment” as she joyfully glances at her new vehicle and notices all the gifts inside. This single mother of two, has a 3 year old in AVANCE’s Mt. Houston Head Start program, and a 15 year old in High School. Working a full-time job and not owning a vehicle has been a challenge for her, however it never stopped her from participating in her children’s activities and being involved in their education. “I want to make my family proud, and be a role model for my children” she says.

AVANCE, a nonprofit that provides free parent & child educational programs to at-risk families in the community, joined together with Metropolitan Collision Services to present for first time the  “Responsible Parenting Award” to one of many AVANCE participants, who like Reid, also aspire to reach their true potential.

Because of financial challenges, for years, Reid has relied on public transportation to meet her daily needs.  Now that she owns a vehicle she says she will no longer have to do a 5 hour daily commute to and from work, and will be able to spend more time with her children. She also plans to return to college and complete her degree in Criminal Justice.

Overwhelmed with gratitude she expresses: “It is because of AVANCE & Metropolitan Collision’s act of kindness that people like me still have hope for a better future.”

Reid has had many journeys in life and one of several she mentions with pride, is having served in the U.S. military.

At the end of the celebration, Reid hopped in her new vehicle, drove away waving and thanking all guests that attended the celebration including other local contributors, who helped fill the car with items such as gifts cards and more:  Adolf Hoepfl, Eastex Paint, Gary Popelsky, IMC Automotive, Super Tint, Valero, LKQ, Community Coffee, Colbert/Ball Tax Service Maximum Carpet Care. 

AVANCE’s mission is to unlock America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parenting education & support programs.

About Metropolitan Collision Service:
The Metropolitan Collision family has been serving the Houston area since 1930, providing complete collision repair service on all makes and models, foreign and domestic, specializing in BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini and Porsche. Metropolitan Collision works hard to provide highest quality services.