Living Skills Residential Centers Wins Toyota Sienna Mobility Van

LaFontaine Automotive Group —  April 4, 2014 — Leave a comment

On Tuesday, April 15th, Living Skills Residential Centers of Newport, Michigan will be taking delivery of a 2014 Toyota Sienna Mobility Van that it won during Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Campaign.


Living Skills Residential Centers was one of 250 nonprofit organizations that were named finalists in the third year of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good philanthropic program.

To participate in the program, registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from across the country submitted their stories and how new vehicles would support their work.

When submitting their story for consideration, the L.S.R.C. wrote:

The vehicle would be used to enhance the lives of citizens with disabilities, to find work, to engage in volunteer activities, and to be a vital part of their communities.a

We are so proud to be able to assist the people we serve with the transportation that they need, but there are so many more of our citizens who lack access to adequate transportation in order to keep and maintain work, participate in community activities, attend medical appointments,or even just to go to a park or a movie.

Those who live alone or with their families may not be able to afford adequate transportation, and public transportation in this area is hard to come by.

It seems that each year, the budget for people who need assistance is cut more, while the number of people who need assistance keeps growing.

A vehicle equipped to accommodate those with special needs would be a godsend to so many individuals and families. Thank you so much for your support!

The 100 Cars for Good campaign ran from Oct. 1 – Nov. 19 and  five finalists per day were eligible to win a new vehicle. Then each day for 50 consecutive days, Toyota announced two winning organizations that received the highest number of votes from the public at

Thanks to a large and passionate group of supporters, L.S.R.C. was one of the organizations that won a new vehicle from Toyota.

The mission of the L.S.R.C. is to provide people with special needs with the chance to live as independently as possible, and to be a participating member of their communities. L.S.R.C. believes we are all unique individuals belonging to the same human race. We recognize our differences as our own unique gifts, and embrace those differences as a celebration of life.

LaFontaine Toyota in Dearborn, Michigan was the dealership chosen to deliver the 2014 Toyota Sienna Mobility Van to the L.S.R.C.

Jim Kroll, General Sales Manager at LaFontaine Toyota said,

“I’m honored to be a member of the LaFontaine organization. With continued support of charitable causes, and the local communities. We are proud of our 30 year relationship with Toyota, and are humbled to have been selected to be a part of such a truly amazing event.”

Since 2011, 100 Cars for Good has awarded 200 vehicles to organizations doing good work around the country.

Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. said,

“The vehicles won through Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good help move real people, supplies and animals in ways that make our communities stronger and brighter.

This year’s finalists represent a wide range of geographies, missions and populations, and Toyota is pleased to involve the public in selecting which of these projects resonate and inspire the most to win a vehicle.”

The entire LaFontaine Family is looking forward to to this event, and encourages the Dearborn community to join in on the celebration to make this event one that won’t soon be forgotten.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Haddad of LaFontaine Toyota at (313) 561-6600.




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