Six years ago, Chris Williams was driving home from church in the pouring rain when he saw a woman and little girl walking on the side of the road. He pulled over to offer them a ride and realized he knew them. Chris, a former pastor, had taught the little girl in one of his classes at church.
When he asked why they were walking, they told him their car had been in the shop for months. It was then and there that Chris knew he wanted to start a nonprofit garage. One that would fix and provide cars free of charge to women in need.
He called it God’s Garage, and started it right next to his house. 6 years later, the shop has a field full of donated cars and is located in Conroe, Texas. It services single mothers, widows, and wives of deployed military.
Through a team comprised of one master mechanic and a group of volunteers, God’s Garage provides gratis auto repairs. Thanks to generous donations from the public, they also give away old cars they’ve overhauled to people who are especially down and out. As you can imagine, the garage can get quite emotional.
“Even my big, burly mechanics will tear up…dust must be flying,” Chris joked in a segment on NBC’s Nightly News with Lester Holt.
In the segment, a woman named Susan shares how God’s Garage impacted her life. As a single mom, she needed a functioning car in order to take her daughter to her cancer treatments.
“It saved her life and mine. In reality, it really has,” she revealed.
Another woman, a once-homeless single mom named Elizabeth, was grateful to God’s Garage for providing her with a reliable way to get to work.
“With everything that’s been going on, it’s made everything a lot better,” she says through happy tears.
The stories of the positive impact God’s Garage continue on their website.
The life-changing shop operates solely off of donations and the goodwill of its volunteers.
“If you’ve ever wondered if you could make a real and tangible difference in the lives of people around you, you can,” reads the God’s Garage website. “ We are looking forward to the future, as we train people to help others, and are anticipating becoming a full time venture, with mechanics working every day.”
With such a selfless group manning it, the garage’s future’s looking bright.
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