In October 2013 Hands met an amazing single mother named Crystal. We met her when her daughter Kailey was 12 months old. Crystal was left with no money, no job, and no vehicle. What Crystal did have is the experience not all single mothers have. She had repaired vehicles before, sold automobile parts, done customer service — and liked it.
Crystal is in the center of the “target” of who Hands desires to help through our automobile programs. She is willing to work hard, continue to learn, and do whatever it takes to provide for Kailey — and work her way off government support.
She completed a successful internship at Hands Automotive (our social enterprise repair facility) and then became a full-time employee. The Hands community provided a vehicle after she rode the bus .. taking her daughter to childcare and riding it to work each day for the four months prior. She is celebrating her first full year with the Hands family and we are happy to announce she will now share time with Hands Automotive and Hands of the Carpenter.
Crystal will meet with Hands clients and do a walk-through inspection to ensure they know specific things about their vehicle, including maintenance and things to keep in mind with their specific vehicle. She will be sharing wisdom and experience in a context that understands firsthand the situation our clients are in. Crystal may very well be the one who provides the repair on that vehicle, coming full circle by giving back and pulling herself off of government support — one car and one woman served at a time!