OC Transpo strike aftermath: Carleton Ford had to do more

    "The charities we've helped with our offer of cars for $1, feed 700,000
    people every year, have a workforce of volunteers donating more than
    100,000 hours annually and provide rides to people unable to take public
    transportation, on a distance of over more than 1.4 million kilometres
    just here in the Ottawa metro area - even with the strike over, we had to
    do more!"

    CARLETON PLACE, ON, Feb. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Flabbergasted by the size,
reach and importance of the assistance provided by the charitable
organizations he was able to help with his "cars for $1" offer, and really
humbled by how little his contribution was compared to the unbelievable amount
of practical support provided by the dedicated workforce of these
organizations to the helpless, Carleton Ford and its owners Mike and Glenda
Pitre released today, on YouTube, four new videos that will hopefully help the
population of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario discover who these organizations are,
what they do for the community and how people can get involved to help.
    "I was shocked to see the extent of the work these people do every day.
Our whole team was so touched by the experience after seeing the footage of
our visit on site. Feeding 700,000 people each year, providing home health
care and community support services for the elderly and driving them around
for more than 1.4 million kilometres... I said to Glenda my wife, even if I
give these folks every car I have on the lot it's still not going to be enough
to keep them going!" said Mike Pitre, co-owner at Carleton Ford. "I was
initially proud to help, but rapidly realized I was barely scratching the
surface. That's when I told my staff we had to find a way to do more."
    In their quest to find a way to make a difference, Mike and Glenda
decided to use the tool that gave them the media's attention they needed to
reach these organizations in the first place: YouTube! "When we first tried to
give away the vehicles, we had so much trouble talking to the right people; we
never thought it could be that hard to lend cars for free!" explains Glenda.
One video later, we were able to reach our objectives in no time... that's why
we decided to create new videos on YouTube and turn the spotlight on the
charities we were able to help. This way, people can find out for themselves
the importance of the continued existence of these services in the community.
    People can view the following videos: Shepherds of Good Hope, Carefor
Health & Community Services and Ottawa West Community and Support directly on
YouTube by searching for "Carleton Ford" or simply by visiting
    In addition to these videos, Carleton Ford is also organizing a special
event on Saturday February 28th 2009 to celebrate these organizations. People
will be able to enjoy an outdoor BBQ, prizes will be given just for their
attendance. The day will end at 5pm when Dan Peters Auction will auction off
the three vehicles lent to the charities and 100% of the profits will go back
to the organizations Carleton Ford was able to help.
    For more information about the schedule of activities or to learn more on
how you can help, visit: www.CarletonFord.com/charities or call Mike Pitre at
(613) 257-3988.

    About Carleton Ford

    Carleton Ford and its owners, Mike & Glenda Pitre, help thousands of
people each year, individuals trying to spend less, either on the vehicle they
already own, a new Ford or a quality pre-owned of any make or model. Through
their division Car Credit Financial they also help people with bruised or
damaged credit history re-establish their credit with a car loan.

    About Shepherds of Good Hope

    Shepherds of Good Hope offer various programs to the many men and women
who grace their doors. These services are broken down into three major
categories: Support Services, Supportive Living and Shelter Services. Shelter
Services include Emergency Men's Shelter, Women's Hope Outreach, Hope
Recovery, Managed Alcohol Program and the Street Community Outreach Team.
Supportive Living offers a variety of housing options allowing residents to
move from one level of support to another, while Support Services includes the
Soup Kitchen, Grocery and Clothing Programs, Evening Drop-In, and Christmas
Hamper Program.

    About Carefor Health & Community Services

    Carefor Health & Community Services is a not-for-profit, charitable
health care organization that has been offering a wide variety of home health
care and community support services to meet the diverse needs of the community
since 1897. Our skilled staff members work closely with clients, caregivers
and other members of the health care team to deliver a flexible and individual
plan of care. Our core health care and ancillary services include:

    - Personal Support Services (300,000 home visits which assist clients
      with activities of daily living)
    - Registered Nursing Programs (140,000 home visits providing nursing care
      and respite for caregivers of palliative clients and other chronic
    - Allied Health Services (20,000 home visits by Dieticians,
      Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers)
    - Adult Day Programs and the Guest House engage clients who are living
      with dementia in recreational activities to provide respite for
      caregivers (12,000 hours annually)
    - Inner City Health Program provides palliative care and a harm reduction
      program for homeless persons
    - Foot Care clinics
    - Influenza immunization and wellness clinics
    - Richmond Care Home a 16-bed residential style retirement home for women
      living with Alzheimer's, dementia or other related disorders.

    About Ottawa West Community and Support

    Ottawa West Community Support (OWCS), is a non-profit outreach ministry
of Christian Churches in the West End of Ottawa, motivated by the love of God,
in service to all seniors and disabled adults in our community, regardless of
race, colour, or creed. OWCS is committed to providing practical support that
assists our clients to remain living at home, in a manner which respects their
dignity and worth.

For further information:

For further information: Mike Pitre, Carleton Ford, (613) 257-3988,

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