1455 Ammons St., Suite 201
Lakewood, CO 80214
(303) 526-4488

The Story

Hands of The Carpenter was founded in 2003 by current president and executive director Dan Georgopulos and his wife Brenda. 

Dan was laid off from the technology industry and shortly after, began leading the single parent ministry at his church.  After hearing stories of abuse, homelessness, death of a spouse – the types of events that led these [mostly women] to being on their own, Dan and Brenda  decided to do whatever they could to make a difference in the lives of these individuals.

Click below to listen to a message Dan was able so share about how Hands came to be.

Pleading the Case of the Widow

The Evolution

Initially, the focus was providing home repair in order to allow these individuals to live in a safe environment with their children and reside independently.  Our time spent with these single mothers and widows quickly revealed that our original plan to provide automobile repair in the future needed to happen sooner rather than later.  What we learned was that 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.  The following problems were identified:
  • Automobiles were 10-15 years old and because of limited financial means the vehicles could not be maintained; the safety and longevity of the vehicle was compromised; needed repairs were not being made.
  • Market rate for repairs was $80 - $100 per hour.  Single women are often taken advantage of relating to the diagnosis and repairs made or not made on their automobiles.
  • These conditions often cause single mothers to lose their jobs, often forcing them to take their children out of school and to depend on government assistance.
  • Car donations would be needed to provide cars to single women in need of a car

In consultation with the Board, volunteers, community businesses and churches, our car repair program was formed to provide quality, timely repairs by certified mechanics.  Shortly thereafter, we started our quarterly Car Care Clinics which provide maintenance for automobiles preventing costly repairs.   

Significant progress has been made in both the numbers of repairs we are able to make each year and the efficiency in which we are able to make those repairs. Car donations are helping us make progress too.