Woman drives away in free car thanks to generous donation, Sci-Tech Automotive, and Hope House

RAYTOWN, Mo. -- John Schupp of Sci-Tech Automotive has helped nine women so far restart their lives one car at a time.

Ashley Jewell is a little nervous behind the wheel, but she’s ready to roll forward. Jewell received this car for free through the partnership of Hope House and Sci-Tech Automotive.

“It has been a journey from sad, to mad, to extremely happy right now. It’s been a journey,” said Jewell.

She reached out to Hope House, a domestic abuse shelter, two years ago. That’s about the same time John Schupp launched this program. He fixes up donated cars and then gives it away to deserving women.

“The car we gave away today came from the last story you guys did. One of our customers saw the story and said 'I like what you’re doing' and they donated their car,” he said.

Schupp said he teamed up with Price Chopper to hopefully help more people.

“I never thought I’d be here from where I began. To know that I’m moving forward and just being happy doing it is amazing. It’s really great. Everybody who has helped me, I really love them,” said Jewell.

For two years, Jewell has depended on her own two feet to get around. She said she won’t take this generous gift for granted.

To donate cars, contact Sci-Tech Automotive at (816) 313-1000.