For many drivers, a car isn’t just a ferry from place to place — it’s a lifeline. In fact, a car can be the ticket to a better job, access to education, and time (and space) for families to bond.

Providing that support and stability to families in need is what the Recycled Rides program is all about. And over the past month, Esurance has helped make this dream a reality for 2 families on opposite sides of the country.

In December, Esurance and body shop Caliber Collision teamed up with Recycled Rides to give some early holiday cheer to a single mother of 3 living in Tampa, Florida. The family had been relying on public transportation and borrowed rides to get to work and school. But their refurbished SUV from Recycled Rides — complete with a trunk of holiday gifts — is now helping the whole family get back on their feet. See the family receive their new car at this link.

And in January, we once again joined forces with Caliber Collision and Recycled Rides — this time to help out a grandmother singlehandedly raising her 3 grandchildren near Phoenix, Arizona. With help from Family Promise of Phoenix and the Recycled Rides program, she and her grandchildren have housing and a newly-refurbished 2014 Dodge Avenger to provide a foundation for a brighter future. See local coverage of their story here.

About Recycled Rides

To help give these life-changing gifts to families like these, Esurance works behind the scenes with our body shop partners to handpick suitable vehicles from among our total losses. Our partners use volunteer hours to restore each car we donate to excellent condition. Then, the car — and the recipient — get a brand-new start together.

We’re proud to participate in the Recycled Rides program and give back to the communities we serve. Learn more about Recycled Rides, the process, and our involvement.

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about Lauren

A recovering English professor, repatriated expat and startup geek, Lauren speaks several languages, including Spanish, French, Academese, and Tech Lite. When she isn’t writing for Esurance, you might find her reading, marathoning Netflix, or gathering data to decide which San Francisco museums host the best nightlife events. She has a complicated relationship with the Oxford comma.