In Conroe, Texas, Chris Williams and his volunteers are motivated by a mission. He says, "At God’s Garage, we repair cars for free for single mothers, widows and wives of deployed military and we also give cars away for free." It all started several years back when he saw a woman from his church walking on the side of the road in the rain--he stopped to ask what was going on--and she said her car had broken down and she could not afford to get it fixed.
Williams said helping people is something his father instilled in him. This year, he opened the doors to a 3,500-square-foot garage space. They run on donations from individuals and businesses. The refurbished cars are given to women in need for free--and repairs on cars they have are done by volunteer mechanics. For Williams, he says it is moments of heartfelt thanks that make everything worthwhile...like a 10-year-old who said, "Mister, did you know this means Mommy can take me to the doctor and the store and to school?"
They look for donated, drivable cars that need between $500 to a $1,000 of work get repaired and given away. The donated cars that are not drivable get auctioned off for parts or sold for scrap. That money, Williams said, goes back into buying parts to repair cars.
The news of God’s Garage is making headlines. It was featured in People magazine in September. The need is huge--right now, God’s Garage has a waitlist of 300 women.
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