Families and service members will be better served thanks to our partners at G6 Hospitality, the parent company of Motel 6 and Studio 6. After seeing the impact of the programs and services delivered by the Armed Services AYMCA at Twentynine Palms, Matthew Smith-Rinehart Manager of the local Motel 6, resolved to help.
“I wanted to find a way to let Dawn and her team support more families and Marines. The work they do on the base it great, but their vehicle wasn’t reliable,” said Smith-Rinehart. “It is our pleasure to donate these vehicles to help the ASYMCA serve our Marines and their families better.”
A donation of a 2006 Ford Taurus and a 2007 Toyota Camry will allow the Armed Services YMCA to provide support to two programs simultaneously. Previously, it was often a challenge and some programs had to suffer, which meant less support to families.
“Our food pantry program uses our van twice a month to pick up hundreds of pounds of produce and canned goods from the food bank in India, Calif., to distribute at our office. However, during summer camp the van is required to transport supplies and staff to camp and is away from our office for the entire week,” said Dawn Clark, Executive Director at the Twentynine Palms ASYMCA branch. “During that time the food pantry distribution must be canceled, despite the fact that approximately 400 military members and family members depend on it each month.”
Motel 6’s donation of these two vehicles will allow the ASYMCA the ability to keep up with the growing needs of service members and their families. The donation will allow flexibility to our current capabilities, and help to deliver programs and services more consistently and efficiently.
Being nearly 70 miles from a major metropolitan area, our programs often provide a lifeline to the young men and women serving our country. Our programs can provide a little buffer for those families struggling to make ends meet. Add in the pressures of military life that our programs directly address - things like deployment, making friends in a new community, and financial worries - and the need for us to make every effort to continue to grow and adapt to the needs of our military families is clear.
“It’s because of donations from great companies like G6 Hospitality that our branch in Twentynine Palms can deliver programs and services that matter to the young heroes and their families living in a fairly isolated location. Together, they are able to make a difference every day,” said William French, President | CEO of Armed Services YMCA of the USA. “The generous gift by G6 will allow them to do even more for those young families and Marines serving our country. G6 has been a great partner.”
This is part of on-going support provided by G6 Hospitality. Employees from Motel 6 have volunteered at our branches in Killeen, Texas, Lawton, Okla., and previously in Twentynine Palms, Calif., for the Christmas You Missed event in June. G6 Hospitality was rated as one of the top ten hospitality companies according to the Hotel Management Top Hotel Companies rankings list in 2015. We appreciate their continued support to our troops and families across the country.