JumpStart Auto Repair Helps Domestic Violence Victims Gain Freedom

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One auto repair shop is doing much more than just repairing cars, it’s helping to repair lives. 

It’s called JumpStart Auto Repair, and it’s currently working out Fox Valley Technical College as part of a pilot program but it’s growing quickly. It is owned and operated by women, from top to bottom. 

Through two non-profit organizations Harbor House and Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, JumpStart  helps women who have survived domestic violence get back on their feet through repairing and fixing their cars – for less or no cost to them. 

All profit from the auto shop go right back to organizations to help the victims and their families.

The General Manager of JumpStart says it’s all about helping break down barriers so the women can gain their freedom back. 

“This is a way for us to remove that one barrier and get them maybe more financial help to get them their own apartment or other needs they might need.” said Katie VanderWielen.

They are hoping to find to more permanent place to operate between Appleton and Oshkosh. 


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