Subaru of Bend Donates $40,000 to First Story

Funds will go toward building accessible house for Bend family
Today Subaru of Bend presented First Story a check for $40,000. The money came from Subaru of America’s eighth annual "Share the Love" event; where customers who bought or leased a new Subaru vehicle between November 19, 2015, to January 2, 2016, selected from a list of four national charities and one local charity to receive a $250 donation.
Subaru Check Presentation to First Story
This was the first year First Story was part of the "Share the Love” event. The executive director of First Story, Claire Duncan, says the $40,000 check will go toward building an accessible home for the Andrews family in First Story’s new Bend community, First Place.
Subaru Check Presentation to First Story - Kristine and Abel AndrewsThe Andrews family – mom, dad and son Abel – have been living in a cramped house in Bend. Abel, a six?year?old with lots of energy, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. Although the family works hard, they could not afford to build an accessible home.
To qualify for the First Story home the Andrews went through a comprehensive interview and assessment process and were required to meet certain income guidelines. The Andrews family will purchase the home through a zero down payment and a zero interest 30-year home loan from First Story. The home is being built by Hayden Homes.
"We are so grateful to Subaru of Bend and our community for helping us raise money to build a home that will be accessible for Abel,” said Abel’s mom Kristine Andrews.
In addition to First Story, the money also went to the following charities: the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Meals On Wheels America and the National Park Foundation. Over the past 20 years, Subaru of America has donated over 50 million dollars to causes. "We believe in giving back to our neighbors. We believe in First Story’s mission of building strong communities by creating home ownership opportunities for those in need,” said Matt Thomas, owner of Subaru of Bend.
About First Story
First Story is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Hayden Homes. First Story has served over 10,000 families through new home construction, home ownership opportunities and community giving. Since its founding in 1998, First Story has built 60 homes and donated over $800,000 to other non-profits helping to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Its mission is to promote giving and inspire communities through the creation of home ownership opportunities and financial support. For more information visit:
About Subaru of Bend
Subaru of Bend is one of the oldest Subaru dealers in the country and has been family owned since 1973. The dealership, a Thomas Sales and Service Company, strongly believes in giving back to the community and local organizations. Subaru of Bend serves Bend, Redmond, Prineville and La Pine with new and used cars, car loans and financing and auto parts. For more information visit:
Bend Dealer Helps Family in Need
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Top Photo: Pictured (l to r) are Subaru of Bend and Thomas Sales and Service family Jake Thomas, John Thomas and Matt Thomas, First Story board president Scott Knox, donation recipients Kristine and Abel Andrews, First Story board members Hayden Watson and Tim Knopp. 
Second Photo: Pictured (l to right) First Story donation recipients Kristine and Abel Andrews
Photo credit: Shannon Reinhardt, Development Director at First Story

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