Capital High School auto shop class helps repair homeless woman’s car

Posted at 11:14 AM, Feb 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-17 12:14:35-05

The Capital High School auto shop is working to help a homeless woman with her car.

When Nathan Furlong learned about the woman who’d been living out of her car he wanted to help.

The woman found help and shelter through a non-profit agency called Family Promise.

Family Promise’s mission is to work with families that are going through a tough time, whether it’s financial difficulties or those who just need a little bit of extra help.  Family Promise provides case managers to help families get set up on a system for success.

Furlong learned of the woman and her situation after attending a Family Promise meeting focused on helping reduce homelessness in the community.

The ’96 Geo Prizm belonging to the mom needed frame work and the radiator mount fixed.

Capital High School automotive instructor Eric Croft oversaw the student’s work.

“To some people it may look a pile of garbage but to that person it could be the best car that they own; every car has to be treated with respect just like every customer has to be treated with respect,” said Croft.

Furlong said, "Always felt good helping people and when I see something like this, working on cars and helping people, I said ‘Oh yeah…I could do that,.”

Furlong said he doesn’t have an estimated time when the car will be fully functional again, but is eager to start working on it.

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