12 years ago, Sherwood Park Alliance Church started their Car Care Ministry. The purpose was to assist people in financial difficulty with repairing their vehicles. The labour, parts and shop space were all donated and the ministry ran twice a year for about 10 years. At this point organizers began to see an opportunity.
To create a place where more people and their vehicles could access repairs, learn about their vehicle and receive a boost when they need it. Everyone has needed a "jumpstart" and waited in a parking lot or on the side of the road until someone with jumper cables came by to give their vehicle a boost. This picture is the foundation of our business. There is someone who needs a bit of help getting back on the road, someone comes along with jumper cables and gets them going on their way again.
Good News Auto opened its doors in September 2012. Good News Auto is a fully licensed retail mechanic shop created with a specific purpose: to ensure that customers have access to safe and affordable transportation. We do this through our JumpStart Fund.
Our JumpStart Fund is creating a new way of doing business and helping people, a new road if you will. In partnership with Good News Auto and other community members we have created a unique way of helping people in our community.
LEARN TO EARN (money towards your vehicle repairs) MATCHED SAVINGS.
We believe learning about your vehicle and how to plan for a crisis is the best way to keep your vehicle safe and affordable.
We believe this so much we have created a way for people to earn money towards your vehicle repairs.
Learn to Earn: Qualified customers can earn money towards vehicle repairs and maintenance by attending vehicle education workshops and putting money on a Good News Auto gift card. Our JumpStart Fund will match your deposit and the money can be used for a future vehicle repairs or maintenance of the customer's choice at Good News Auto.
We offer six different learning opportunities which we hope will offer tools to help people keep their vehicles safe and on the road.
Safety Repair Grant
We understand that everyone needs a JumpStart now and then! This grant is a one-time opportunity for customers who need a boost. It's our way of coming alongside someone parked on the side of the road and getting them moving forward again. Our safety repair grant is available on a case by case basis and there is an application process.