Local Businesses Fix Up, Donate Car To Shelter

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The owners of Wicks Auto Service, Payson Drive Line, CarQuest and Exclusive Refinishing donated labor and parts to fix up a 1985 Chrysler Le Baron that they donated to the Time Out Shelter.

Local business owners Mike and Sally Wicks, Sean and Maggie Meares, Ralph and Derrie Lucht and Tim and Mike Armstead said they realize how crucial a car can be for a woman trying to become self-supporting after leaving a relationship.

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Local businesses fixed-up a 1985 Chrysler Le Baron and donated it to the Time Out Shelter. Pictured are: Mike Wicks, Darlene Curlee, Maggie Meares, Sean Meares and Ralph Lucht.

Darlene Curlee, executive director of Time Out, said shelter staff members have chosen a woman to receive the car.

"We chose a survivor of domestic violence who has done really well in moving forward," Curlee said. "This car will really help her continue her success in leading an self-sufficient and violence-free life."

Time Out is the only domestic violence shelter within a 100-mile radius and is often at maximum capacity with women and children fleeing abusive relationships.

Time Out is also one of the state's few shelters that has transitional housing, which provides a stepping stone for women trying to achieve independence.

"This community has been so supportive of the shelter," Curlee said. "We are very thankful to the businesses that fixed up this car. They are truly going to make a difference in this woman's life."

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