NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Thousands of dollars in donated repairs will allow a vehicle used to help New Orleans' homeless get back to work.
Mechanics with Entergy and B&R Collision Center recently completed $10,000 worth of work on an NOPD van used to transport the homeless to services across the city.
On Thurasday they returned the van to B.B. St. Roman, the driver of the NOPD Homeless Assistance Unit. Roman said she uses the van weekly to take people to appointments, to get state IDs and to shelters on freeze nights.
"I've transported over 15,000 people in the last 15 years to get services to help get them off the street and get out of their homeless situation. So I use this van day in and day out, and after 10 years out there, it had gotten pretty raggedy, St. Roman said. "So I'm really so appreciative to Entergy and B&R Collision Center for taking it under their wing and fixing it all up for me. It's like a brand new van."
Entergy mechanics performed electrical repairs to the lighting and charging system.
"We did a lot of tires, exhaust work. We also did some light repairs, all the strobe lights, directional lights. Those were all repaired, and we put some new rubber on it," said Tom Sinon, Operations Coordinator at Entergy.
Workers at B&R handled the remaining repairs. Both companies donated parts and labor.