09 Jul Good Neighbor Garage Joins Hands
Two Missions United to Provide HOPE to Women in Need…Beginning With Transportation
Lakewood, CO. July 9, 2016: Local nonprofit Hands of The Carpenter (“Hands”) has acquired the assets of Good Neighbor Garage, a well-known local vehicle donation program. The acquisition creates a combined, larger mission that provides hope to women in need through an often overlooked area – Vehicle-related support services. The combined missions anticipate accepting 250 vehicle donations in its first year with a goal of surpassing the 1000 mark by 2018.
The lasting, unique component of the combined programs is that they use local resources to repair and when possible, place reliable vehicles with women in need of a hand up in our local community. Hands primarily serves within the Jefferson County area but expands through referrals from like-minded, intentional partnerships with other local nonprofit agencies. The women served must be demonstrating a strong desire for self-sufficiency through working, going to school or in a program that is helping to prepare them for either, and pay 35% of the value of services provided.
The transaction was approved by both boards of directors and represents “Two missions united, to provide hope, beginning with transportation” said Dan Georgopulos, Founder and CEO of Hands of The Carpenter. Moving forward, he says that the vehicle donation program and the growing number of business partnerships will be named the “Good Neighbor Garage Network”.
Hands of The Carpenter is a faith-based nonprofit community passionate about solving vehicle crisis issues for women in need. Hands partners with individuals, foundations, churches, vehicle repair facilities, dealerships, parts suppliers and local nonprofits to provide vehicle-related services including placement, repair, maintenance and related education for local women in need.
Hands Automotive in Lakewood is a for-profit social enterprise automobile repair facility wholly owned by Hands of The Carpenter. It is open to the public and employs ASE certified mechanics that provide trusted, high quality and fairly priced repairs. The business uses all of the net profits to help provide repairs for the women Hands serves.