Hands Automotive is located at 1510 Kendall St. (Colfax & Kendall) in the heart of Lakewood. The shop provides a full range of automotive repair and maintenance services to the public. Staffed by certified mechanics, the public shop operates Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and can be reached at 303.233.8780
Hands Auto opened their doors on September 1, 2010 in the shop that Colorado Auto Tech called its home for 26 years. The birth of the auto repair shop was driven by two distinct challenges in the organization’s not-for-profit automobile repair program. First, the organization was facing rising costs associated with using outside automobile repair shops to provide the needed services. Second, the increasing needs of the organization’s clients who, in most cases, cannot afford their own repairs as most live at or below the poverty level. In response to these challenges, Hands Founder and President Dan Georgopulos and his Board of Directors developed a business plan to operate their own repair shop in a social enterprise model.
Shortly before purchasing the auto shop, Georgopulos explained that “For the past six years, we’ve been working with an outstanding group of automotive partners and parts suppliers to provide the highest quality care for women throughout our community who so desperately need our help,” said Georgopulos. “Now we have the opportunity to take that same honest, quality care and service to the public in a cause-related effort whose financial model will allow us to support the growing needs of single mothers and widows in our community and region.”
Hands of The Carpenter, which provides an average of 250 automobile repairs or services to more than 150 single mothers and their families or elderly widows per year, has witnessed increased revenue from the for-profit Hands Auto business, expanding its outreach and service offerings to its not-for-profit operations.
Founded in 2003, by Georgopulos and his wife Brenda, Hands of the Carpenter initially focused its efforts on providing home repairs to allow single mothers and widows with the opportunity to live in a safe environment with their children and reside independently. The work quickly revealed that the original plan to provide automobile repair needed to happen sooner rather than later, as the majority of single mothers and widows did not own their own home but rented instead. Most single mothers and widows did however, own an automobile. Due to limited financial means, the vehicles could not be maintained; the safety and longevity of the vehicle was compromised; needed repairs were not being made.
For more information or to make a service appointment call the Auto Shop directly, 303-233-8780