A former children’s pastor is helping single moms, widows and the wives of deployed military service members through “God’s Garage,” an innovative, nonprofit car repair shop.
Chris Williams, 49, of Conroe, Texas, told People magazine that he recognized his dream of starting the shop for these women after he was driving home a few years back and saw a mom and child from his church walking down a busy highway.
He pulled over, offered the two a ride and heard their story.
“They told me that their car had been in the shop for months and they couldn’t afford to get it out,” Williams told People. “Right then, I decided that I needed to figure out a way to get my dream of opening a free garage off the ground.”
A few years later and Williams and a team of men now volunteer their time to help fix cars for single moms and others in need — an effort that he said is purely aimed at helping people in their most dire times of need.
The official website for God’s Garage explains that the effort was “born out of the needs” that Williams and others saw around them, specifically to help women “struggling to make ends meet.”
“Through donated cars and parts, we are able to bridge troubled times in so many people’s lives,” the website reads.
Williams told People that he can relate to what it’s like not to have the money to get needed car repairs. So, he’s hoping that his efforts can help bridge that divide for others.
“I know what it’s like to be short on money and long on car troubles,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve prayed that my car would start in the morning so I could get to work.”
So far, Williams and his non-profit God’s Garage have repaired 71 vehicles and have given away 43 cars. People can donate to the ministry here.