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City mom back on the road with help from local groups.

WORCESTER - A Worcester woman and her two sons drove off in a donated 2008 Honda Civic last week, courtesy of Al Brodeur's Auto Body, The Hanover Insurance Group, O'Brien & Gibbons Insurance Agency, United Way of Central Massachusetts and other local partners. The vehicle was granted through the Recycled Rides program.

The car was presented to Jessica Francis, 26, during a Hanover United Way campaign event.

Ms. Francis was recommended to receive the car by the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance. Over the last year, the single mother has been involved with P.O.W.E.R. (Personal Opportunities for Work, Education and Renewal), a CMHA education and workforce development program funded by United Way. The program helped her apply to Mount Wachusett Community College's nursing program, which she began in September. The vehicle will provide her with transportation to and from school.

As part of the Recycled Rides program:

The Hanover donated the car, which is worth more than $10,000. The company also gave Ms. Francis a $160 gas card, in honor of its 160th anniversary, and a roadside assistance kit.

Al Brodeur's Auto Body refurbished the vehicle, donating labor for repairs and securing the needed parts from Bernardi Auto Group, Keystone and LKQ, along with paint and materials donated from Finishmaster.

O'Brien & Gibbons Insurance Agency donated the equivalent of one year of car insurance.

After the presentation, Ms. Francis joined Al and Molly Brodeur back at the auto body shop to meet the technicians and other partners who had a hand in refurbishing the vehicle.

"We are very pleased that Hanover is so committed to giving back to the community," said Tim Garvin, president of the United Way Central Massachusetts. "Given the United Way's mission to connect people and resources to improve the community, we were happy to partner with others in the community to help make this all possible."

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CUTLINE: Jessica Francis of Worcester in her Honda Civic, courtesy of the Recycled Rides program.
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