SOURCE: Association of Progressive Rental Organization

Association of Progressive Rental Organization

August 25, 2010 00:29 ET

Portsmouth Rent to Own Customer Nationally Honored for Community Service

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - August 25, 2010) - Louise Brown, a pillar of community service in her hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia, is the Association of Progressive Rental Organizations' 2010 Customer of the Year. Brown was selected among millions of rent to own customers for her long-standing commitment and contributions to foster children and military veterans.

Louise has provided foster care services for over 500 children and was honored five times as "Foster Parent of the Year." She is currently attending Tidewater Community College to further her education in child development.

A retired cook, Brown and her husband, Arthur, have provided foster care services for the City of Portsmouth for 29 years dealing primarily with hardship cases and emergency situations.

In addition, six months ago, the Browns started an organization called 'The Veteran's Lodge' which provides services to U.S. Veterans who are unaware of the benefits available to them. They visit churches and prisons to help those veterans receive their benefits.

"I am choking up right now," Brown said. "I've always believed if you take care of others, they'll take care of you. God is good."

Brown received a $1,000 check and was honored at the national APRO rent to own convention in Louisville, KY. Brown has been a customer of Virginia-based BestWay Rent To Own for 20 years. BestWay Rent to Own is headquartered in Norfolk, VA and has 19 stores throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

"The facts of what she's doing in the community is why she won," said BestWay COO Jonathan Rose. "We are just lucky enough to have her for a customer."

APRO's Customer of the Year candidates are those customers who inspire, help or sacrifice for the betterment of their families and communities. This is the tenth year honoring the rent to own customer of the year. The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations (APRO) has spent 30 years helping improve the rent to own industry to become one of the most vibrant consumer industries in America. For more information on the rent to own option, visit

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