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JumpStart auto repair to close permanently, Neenah location for sale

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NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV) – A Neenah-based auto maintenance and repair shop founded by the Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs and Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services will remain closed and put its Neenah location up for sale.

Harbor House says JumpStart Auto Repair, which used the proceeds from customers’ auto service to fund auto repairs for domestic abuse survivors, had closed on April 3 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Founded in 2016 by Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs and Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, JumpStart developed with the vision of aiding domestic abuse survivors in achieving financial independence by ensuring they had reliable transportation to seek employment or education. The organization also worked to inspire women to pursue careers in the auto repair industry.

“We are grateful to the many customers who have become part of the JumpStart family over the last several years for their support and belief in our vision,” said Lori Hoersch, Board Chair, JumpStart Auto Repair. “If JumpStart was among the first to inspire young women to pursue careers in the auto repair industry, we hope it will not be the last.”

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Officials say the shift in business due to the pandemic followed the discovery that property had been stolen from JumpStart’s garage. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft. The combination proved to be a financial strain that JumpStart, founded in 2016, could not bear.

“Both Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs and Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services remain committed to helping domestic abuse survivors gain financial independence,” said Beth Oswald, Executive Director, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services. “We hope we can find new partners to help us when vehicle repairs are required to help survivors pursue employment or education.”

JumpStart Auto Repair will be listed for sale. Interested parties are invited to learn more by calling Beth Oswald, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services at 920-235-5998.

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