Project Self-Sufficiency participant Ashley Harrington recently received a 2008 Ford Escape from RoNetco Supermarkets and Hinkley Auto Sales. (Photo provided).
Newton - RoNetco Supermarkets and Hinkley Auto Sales recently joined together to provide a newly-refurbished car to Project Self-Sufficiency participant Ashley Harrington. The vehicle was previously owned by RoNetco Supermarkets and had been used by the firm for company business. After being taken out of service, the car was thoroughly detailed by Hinkley Auto Sales and then donated to Project Self-Sufficiency, a local non-profit agency which specializes in services for low-income families in the New Jersey counties of Sussex, Morris, Warren, and Hunterdon. A mother of an infant daughter, Harrington works two jobs and had been without a car for years. “I was walking everywhere or asking friends for rides,” explains Harrington. “It’s so much easier to get to work now," she said. "I feel so blessed. This car gives me peace of mind because I can drive my daughter around safely and comfortably. It’s nice not having to rely on anyone else for transportation.” It is extremely difficult to function as a family in our area without access to a reliable vehicle, said Deborah Berry-Toon. She's the Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “This participant was in desperate need of a car, and we are delighted to be able to pass this vehicle along to her," said Boon. "RoNetco Supermarkets is a partner in caring for their neighbors’ families, homes and communities. We are tremendously grateful to RoNetco Supermarkets and Hinkley Auto Sales for their role in this effort. Project Self-Sufficiency has been fortunate to be the recipient of several vehicles from individuals and area businesses, and we will continue to welcome the donation of good quality, pre-owned vehicles from our neighbors for families in need.” Non-profit agency Project Self-Sufficiency has provided services to families in northwestern New Jersey for more than 30 years. The agency’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of holistic, respectful, and comprehensive services enabling low-income single parents, teen parents, two-parent families, and displaced homemakers to achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency, family stability, and to improve their lives and the lives of their children. The agency offers a supportive family-centered environment where life issues are addressed through a combination of individual counseling, peer support groups, case management services, parenting skills training, life skills management training, home visits, childcare and early childhood education, family activities and health education. To donate a car to Project Self-Sufficiency, or to find out more about the programs and services available at the agency, call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.