Parkers Chrysler helps raise $25,000 for Discovery House
Staff and clients of Discovery House now have 25,000 more reasons to celebrate. Parkers Chrysler and owner Janet Parker have teamed up to donate $25,000 to the program, which offers addictions treatment for men in a residential setting.
The donation includes $7,720 raised at the dealership in June – $100 from every new vehicle sold and $10 from every oil change – and a $17,280 top-up from Parker in memory of her son, Colin, who died last year after a long battle with addictions.
“Colin would have turned 40 in June and if I can help another mother and family avoid this tremendous loss, then I will,” Parker said.
“It’s organizations like Discovery House that need the community’s full support to help those who suffer from addiction.”
Discovery House executive director Jerome Abraham was stunned by the gifts.
“This is an immense help. We had no idea it would be such a generous amount,” he said.
Discover House plans to open in its new 13-bed on Winnipeg Street in August and will name a wing after Colin Parker in honour of the donations.
The program began in a six-bedroom home on Wade Avenue that will also remain in operation.
Discover House executive director Jerome Abraham (middle) accepts part of a $25,000 donation from Janet Parker and Parkers Chrysler general manager Jim Tabler.