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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 16:41

Gifted Rehabbed Car From Bates Collision Rewards HCDE Head Start Parent

Gifted Rehabbed Car From Bates Collision Rewards HCDE Head Start Parent Bates Collision Centers


Head Start mom Jessica Bouldin is a single parent who juggles three schedules without a car.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. that all changed, courtesy of Bates Collison Centers, based in Texas.


Bouldin struggles with transportation on many fronts. Her two boys attend school and must be on time. She needs rides to work. Doctors’ appointments are planned well in advance and sometimes must be canceled. Recreation trips to places like the park or pizza parlor are sheer luxury.


In its 21st year, Bates Collision Centers’ “Responsible Parenting Award” continues to award keys to brighter futures with restored vehicles. Car number 37 is reconditioned and ready for the Bouldin family as Jessica earns the “Responsible Parenting Award.”


“When you’re car-less in greater Houston, transportation issues are overwhelming,” said HCDE Superintendent James Colbert Jr. “The city spans a 60-mile radius, and public transportation can test your flexibility.”


Bates owners Lee and Leila Bates have made the annual giveaway a priority because they recognize the sacrifices parents make in order to provide for their children.


“We’re giving a helping hand up for responsible parents with a drive to succeed,” said Leila Bates, vice president. “Responsible parenting is so important and it’s a big job in every family. But it becomes even harder when all the pieces aren’t in place, like transportation.”


Bouldin, 31, was nominated for the award by the manager at the Head Start Center where her 3-year-old son Jyrie attends. In addition, she wrote an essay which was selected from a group of nominees.


Bates employees donate time to work on the cars and help fill them with gifts, and other community members and businesses donate gas, insurance and materials needed to rehab the cars.


Lee Bates says both he and Leila are proud of their employees who continue to supply time and resources to families they have yet to meet. The Bates call the work their employees do “a labor of love” as they prepare the car inside and out to look like new.

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