Escondido, CA

Businesses donate car to former homeless veteran

A former homeless veteran now living in Escondido who decided to change his life, and take a chance to go back to school at the age of 39 was presented with keys to a practically brand-new car as a thank you for his service and to help him successfully reach his goal.
The car donation was from Caliber Collision in Temecula and Allstate in partnership with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program in which collision industry companies team up to repair and donate cars to help individuals and families rebuild their lives.
Sid Matlock, a four- year U.S. Marine Corps veteran, today is a part time student at Palomar College while serving as a Veteran Services Outreach Specialist for the school at the Military and Veterans Resource Center in Escondido..
He grew up in the low-income neighborhoods of south Nashville, Tennessee, and barely graduated from high school, knowing that college was not going to be in his future. He joined the service to avoid becoming a “statistic” in his negative home environment. But he struggled to adapt back to civilian life, just getting by with low-paying jobs and at times, homelessness.
He recently took a chance and decided to go back to school to improve his life and opportunities for better paying positions. The Recycled Rides vehicle donation will help Sid in his goal for a position and career in Family Counseling Services in Juvenile Corrections.
Matlock was nominated for the Recycled Rides program by San Diego-based Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) which supports active duty enlisted members and recently discharged enlisted veterans and their families who are facing financial challenges get back on their feet.
Over the past five years, Caliber Collision and its industry partners have teamed up to donate nearly 200 vehicles to veterans and individuals in need of reliable transportation.

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