A single mother of two who courageously left an abusive relationship has a new set of wheels thanks to the Recycled Rides program.
"I took a leap of faith and left my life behind me," Kourtnie Green said.
With the encouragement of her aunt and cousin, Green finally left a 9-year-long abusive relationship in Florida and moved to Los Angeles with her two boys.
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She left “literally with the clothes on her back,” Green’s aunt Lisa Cooks said.
With no job, money home or car, Green took shelter at the House of Ruth, an organization that assists families victimized by domestic violence.
Within months, she was showing positive change.
"There’s always hope," Green said.
The shelter nominated her for the Recycled Rides vehicle program and she was picked.
In a ceremony held on Wednesday, Caliber Collision, Allstate and House of Ruth presented Green with the keys to a newly refurbished car.
In the trunk and in the car, toys, a bike, pillows, gas cift cards and more were stuffed inside for Green and her two sons, ages 10 and 4.
"I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say," Green said as she fought back tears.
She described the Kia as a "symbol of hope of an even better tomorrow" and the chance for her and her boys to "create new memories."
It's a restored car that has restored her faith in God and people.
To learn more about House of Ruth and its mission to help people get out of abusive relationships, visit houseofruthinc.org.