On Wednesday, August 7, a deserving Waterbury resident will experience a life-changing event – the presentation of a vehicle to provide independence and the ability to work and take care of his family – thanks to Durable Automotive Companies and car donor, GEICO Insurance, along with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program.

James Wall Hanson is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served on active duty and with the Naval Reserves between 1971 and 1973 as a Boatswain’s Mate (BM1), Petty Officer 1st Class. Mr. Hanson also has 2 years of combined Foreign Sea Service. He was honorably discharged and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for his service.
Mr. Hanson is enrolled in Support Services for Veteran Families program with The WorkPlace, for employment and housing services. His plan to begin supporting himself and his family better by obtaining permanent housing, and eventually finding employment. Transportation has been a significant barrier in achieving these goals, since Mr. Hanson has no means of transportation outside of the public bus system.

NABC Recycled Rides® is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the Recycled Rides® program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council have donated more than 2,100 vehicles valued at more than $36 million.

Members of the press are welcome to cover the event and speak with the recipient and partner agencies.

James Wall Hanson, Vehicle Recipient
National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides Program
GEICO Insurance, Vehicle Donor
Durable Automotive Companies, Collision Repair Partner
Joseph Carbone, President & CEO, The WorkPlace

WHAT: Vehicle Donation to Local Veteran Experiencing Transportation Barriers
WHERE: Durable Auto Body – 393 Thomaston Avenue, Waterbury, CT 06702
WHEN: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.


About The WorkPlace
The WorkPlace conducts comprehensive planning and coordinates regional workforce development policy and programs to prepare people for careers while strengthening the workforce for employers. As national leader in the field, The WorkPlace regularly shares ideas and best practices with lawmakers, foundations, think tanks and other workforce development organizations around the country. For more information, visit www.workplace.org