A unique auto repair shop in the Fox Cities that helps victims of domestic abuse is receiving a gift to further its mission. JumpStart Auto Repair now has a new tool to help its clients reach financial independence.
When you run a garage, you need a loaner vehicle for customers to use. And when your clients are also survivors of domestic abuse good transportation becomes even more important.
“One of the major barriers to maintaining economic independence is transportation,” said Harbor House Executive Director Beth Schnorr.
Now that is no longer an issue for JumpStart Auto Repair – a garage founded by Harbor House and Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services – who Thursday were gifted this van through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program.
“The Recycled Rides program is one where they work with body shops to get a damaged vehicle donated and then we fix the vehicle and give it to a cause,” said Scott Fabel of Carstar Fabel West.
Since 2007 businesses in the collision repair industry have donated nearly 2,000 vehicles to groups that have a positive impact on their community. The two shelters were chosen because their JumpStart Auto Repair business uses part of their profits to provide free or low-cost auto repair to abuse survivors.
“This vehicle they can used as a substitute while their car is being repaired,” Schnorr said.
Meaning abuse survivors can care for their kids and keep their jobs – and stay on the path to financial independence. All thanks to this donated van.
“We can’t thank them enough, it’s a wonderful gift,” Schnorr said.
The van donated today had once been stolen and was provided by Allstate Insurance.