At Circuit Collision, they do a lot more for the community than fix cars that have been in accidents.
In fact, community is a huge priority for owner and operator Gerry Sly. Not only has he surrounded and staffed his business with people who care about the community and its people, but for the past 12 years, Sly has also been feeding the homeless from the back of his Coquitlam shop.
“We have been blessed by the faithfulness of our long term customers and we are very aware of the needs of the less fortunate in our community,” Sly said. “The feeding program is a way for us to give back and say thank you to the community.”
Since 2005, Sly and the rest of the staff at Circuit Collision help feed the homeless every Thursday evening. Serving up food like barbequed hamburgers, salads, and even a full course turkey dinner on special occasions, Circuit Collision has inadvertently become a hub for community and philanthropy in Coquitlam. Because of Circuit Collision’s feeding program, now, other parts of the community can get the opportunity to also give back. Sly explained that “for many years, multiple school groups in the Tri-Cities have stepped up and prepared and supplied food for our weekly meals.”
The feeding program at Circuit Collision began after Sly’s church group realized how easy it can be to show compassion to those who need it. Sly and the men in his church group would meet weekly in the house on the auto body repair shop property. Sly said they noticed there was a group of homeless people living in the bush across the street. “We would help them fix their bikes, charge their cell phones, stuff like that,” Sly said. “Then one day, we just decided to offer them a meal.”
Circuit Collision and the people who work there exemplify that a little can go a long way. Giving back to the community, both in auto body repairs and in doing their part to give to the less fortunate in the community, are just some of the ways Circuit Collision is making Coquitlam a little brighter.