Information About Hands' Programs

Automotive Service for Working Single Mothers

Thank you for your interest in learning about the Automotive Service Programs offered by Hands to working single moms.

Since 2003, Hands of The Carpenter (Hands) has been in operation as a non-profit organization, removing obstacles and barriers that stand in the way of working single mothers achieving self-sufficiency. Unreliable transportation was identified as an issue that no one was addressing consistently. To meet this need, Hands provides vehicle repairs, vehicle placement and on-going maintenance through our automotive service programs.

Hands professional technicians and team of volunteers provide automotive services at two locations:   Hands West in Golden, CO and Hands East in Aurora, CO.

Hands has two interrelated programs:

1. About the TLC Program

The TLC Program is the entry point to services offered by Hands of The Carpenter for working single mothers. Car troubles can occur unexpectedly and create stressful and expensive challenges. The aim of this program is to provide much-needed automotive services at a percentage of what services would cost elsewhere.

The TLC Program Has 3 Components:

  1. Vehicle Evaluation:  Prior to vehicle repairs a complimentary evaluation is completed and a list of recommended repairs is provided to the client.  
  2. Vehicle Repairs: Hands provides vehicle repairs at 50% of the retail cost for parts and labor to address recommended repairs provided during the vehicle evaluation. 
  3. Vehicle Placement:  The TLC Acquisition Program offers a vehicle at 50% of the retail cost. (The vehicle placement program is not accepting new applications at this time, please contact Client Services at to check in on the status of this program.)

2. About the LIFT UP Program

After completing the TLC Program clients may be eligible to qualify for on-going maintenance through Hands Lift UP Program.   The Lift UP (Upward Progress) Program provides long-term automotive services for up to three years.

The LIFT UP Program Has 4 Components:

  1. On-Going Maintenance:  Includes oil changes and routine inspections 
  2. Vehicle Repairs: Clients pay a percentage for vehicle repairs including batteries, tires and AC-repairs based on the year they are in the program.  We are currently requiring clients to pay only 35% for the cost of services in the first year, 50% in the second year, and 75% in year three. 
  3. Vehicle Placement:  The Lift UP Placement Program offers a vehicle at 35% of the retail cost.  (The vehicle placement program is not accepting new applications at this time, please contact Client Services at to check in on the status of this program.)
  4. Car Care Education:  Hands aims to equip clients with knowledge and skills to handle small maintenance tasks, know when to call for assistance, and prepare to continue car care tasks after leaving Hands’ programs.  Click here for car maintenance tips.

As noted previously, the complete information about the Lift UP Program requirements, details, and process to enter will be provided to invited clients from the TLC Program. For questions or more information on the Lift UP Program, contact Client Services at

Hands wants you to know you are loved and there is hope. If you are a working single mom, Hands wants to partner with you to help keep your vehicle safe and on the road as you strive to maintain employment, provide and care for your family and continue on the road to self-sufficiency