Mission Auto Repair on a mission to help others | Winchester Star
WINCHESTER – Brad Hindman combined his passion for helping the community with his skills as a mechanic to help make Mission Auto Repair a reality.
The 2409 Valley Ave. company, which opened in March, offers regular auto services while helping Winchester Rescue Mission help homeless people.
When a vehicle is brought in for maintenance, Mission Auto Repair in turn assists the rescue mission. For example, an oil change provides a meal to someone at the mission while an alignment or maintenance of an air conditioner provides a boxed meal to a family in need. A brake replacement finances an overnight stay.
Some months include special services. This month, an oil change means two meals for the rescue mission, which is located at 435 N. Cameron St.
âIt took a lot of thinking. It must be tangible. People need to see it, âsaid Hindman of the concept, which arose out of a conversation with Brandan Thomas, executive director of the rescue mission. âIt’s easy to say we’re going to support something, but how do you do that? I think it gives responsibility and tangibility to what we say we’re going to do. So we linked it to the services.
Hindman keeps a running count of meals provided and families fed on the store’s website and Facebook page. On Wednesday noon, 64 meals were provided to the relief mission and 12 families were fed.
Customers have nothing to do except make an appointment for the maintenance of their vehicle. Hindman keeps track of the services rendered and what it means for the rescue mission.
The store also supports the rescue mission by taking care of its vehicles. And a mentoring program will begin at the workshop to help people return to the workforce.
âI hope this will help raise awareness about homelessness and mental health issues,â said Hindman. âA lot of times it’s easy for a lot of people to get under the rug. “
The store also plans to work with a program called Automotive Angel which partners with churches to help people in need of financial assistance get their vehicles repaired.
âIt is my desire to be able to help the community and individuals while providing excellent service to the general public,â said Hindman. “We want them to know that when they bring their vehicle here it will be maintained and repaired properly and that we have a beautiful place here.”
The store was built around 2013 but had been closed for about a year before Hindman acquired it. There were elevators and service bays, but Hindman did some renovations before the store opened.
Hindman started working on cars at the age of around 12 and has been in the industry since the 1980s. He always thought about owning his own shop, but was unsure if it would happen.
He said he joined the Celebrate Recovery Ministry about six years ago to help with anxiety and other issues and found “help and healing” and decided that ‘he wanted to get more involved in helping others, which led to Mission Auto Repair.
âI have a heart for people who are suffering,â said Hindman. âWe all have stuff, and we all struggle. Some people might have a bigger impact than others.
Contact Mission Auto Repair at 540-546-3547.