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Local paint and body shops partner with community organizations to help woman in need

Kendrick Paint and Body and several local and national organizations partnered to provide some peace to an Air Force veteran and domestic violence survivor.

Ms. Asia, an Air Force veteran, was overjoyed at the generosity of the local community after her domestic violence ordeal. Gecko from partner firm Geico was also on hand at the celebration at one of the Kendrick Paint and Body Shops. (Photo Here & Above by Jennifer D. Miller Photography)

Ms. Asia is now driving a restored 2019 Nissan Sentra, thanks to the help of many in the auto chain. GEICO located and donated the vehicle and Kendrick contacted Forces United for a deserving candidate submission. Forces United submitted Ms. Asia’s information and a little background on her. Ms. Asia is an air force veteran and a domestic violence survivor. A few years ago, she quickly fled California after enduring abuse at the hands of her ex-spouse. Her vehicle had been set on fire with her in it, and she was without transportation, a job, or a vehicle. Forces United help secure permanent employment and housing. GEICO and Kendrick helped secure the vehicle.

“Kendrick Paint and Body has been locally owned and operated over the last 70 years, and we know the importance of investing in and supporting our local community. Last month, we partnered with GEICO and the NABC (National Auto Body Council) to provide reliable transportation to a local woman in need. The recipient is very deserving – and we are thankful for the opportunity to help provide a hand up to her,” said Stephen Kendrick Jr. (pictured on far left of the top photo with Ms. Asia and his daughter Ansley, a fourth generation Kendrick to work in the family business), Owner and CEO of Kendrick Paint and Body.

The Sentra was restored to pre-accident condition by Kendrick’s and then Bob Richards Nissan (part of the Murphy Auto Group) performed the final inspection and provided a one year maintenance package.

This is one of many recycled rides Kendrick Paint and Body has donated along with its partners to CSRA people in need of reliable transportation.

Last year, they decided to partner with the NABC, which follows a strict set of guidelines and criteria for recipients – one being the recipient has to fall in to the poverty level guidelines. When the pandemic started last year, our community saw many healthcare workers have hours reduced or positions laid off. Kendrick presented a vehicle to a local healthcare worker last August.

Kendrick owns and operates seven paint and body shops in the CSRA.

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