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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Home Improvement & Repairs, Homeless & Housing, In-Home Assistance, Single Parent Agencies

Mission: Hands of The Carpenter provides automobile repair and maintenance for low income single mothers and widows so that they can become or remain self-sufficient. We are an organization concerned with the enormous financial burden and related distress that automotive repair and maintenance put on single mothers and widows as well as the rate at which this particular group is taken advantage of when in need of these services.

Programs: Hands of the carpenter provides assistance with automobile repair, maintenance and related education to enable low income single mothers and widows to maintain a job, get children to school, and keep medical appointments. This unique approach offers hope to a group who may be taken advantage of when in need of these services. In 2014, 351 services were provided for 166 different women/families. Services included 181 repair jobs, 165 maintenance services. Five vehicles were also given away throughout the year.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

As a single mother, it is very important that I have a reliable way to get to work to support my daughter and get her to all of her activities. Hands of the Carpenter helps me by providing a place that I can go to for repairs that I can trust. Too many times, car repair places look at a single woman with limited knowledge of cars and will take advantage of us. This never happens with Hands of the Carpenter. Also, they provide no cost repairs to single mothers in need. I have used their free car care clinics to give me the peace of mind that my car is running fine and keep an eye on the things that might need attention.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands of the Carpenter has been amazing to work with. I am a single mom with minimal means. Car repairs tend to fall to the bottom of the list where my finances are concerned, but at the same time I love having a safe and reliable vehicle. I drive a lot of miles every month and rely tremendously on my car. Hands of the Carpenter changed my brakes, spark plugs and numerous other things. They change my oil regularly. They had a class on a Saturday about how to take care of my car with a focus on preventative maintenance. They always treat me with respect and Juli has so much enthusiasm for the program for single moms and widows. I always feel welcome there and really enjoy going to the shop. Ray always schedule things when it is convenient for me. I have so little time to fit things like car repairs into my life, but he makes it easy. I feel valued as a human being whenever I'm in contact with anyone there. The whole thing has been an amazing experience. I cannot say enough good things about Hands of the Carpenter and everyone I have met there. I am so grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single mom and Hands of the Carpenter repaired my car at a reduced price focusing on things that were of concern regarding safety. I had saved up some money to repair my car but new that the cost would be much greater than what I had and what I could afford. Hands of the Carpenter did a full evaluation of my car and let me know what they would fix. It was so amazing to have my car fixed, to have someone help me and not have to do everything all by myself, to not have to worry when I got in my car in the morning, and to know that my girls were safe. Hands of the Carpenter was truly an answer to prayer. It is a great organization - kind, trustworthy and generous.