The Lift Garage

Mission Statement

The Lift Garage offers people a vehicle out of poverty by: - providing low-cost quality car repair; - offering skilled job training in the field of auto mechanics; - connecting with community partners to strengthen the support network; and - linking customers to needed resources.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments In Fiscal Year 2017, The Lift Garage wrote 1200 estimates, completed 635 repairs, performed 53 free pre-purchase inspections, and determined that 157 vehicles were not worth investing in (thereby saving customers from putting money into cars that aren't worth it). Further, we began a mobile van service that determined that 55 cars were not worth repairing BEFORE the customer paid the cost of a tow. Since opening in 2013, The Lift has saved low income Minnesotans $722,000 in car repair costs.
Current Goals For FY 18, The Lift's goals include reducing the wait time for an appointment from 10 weeks to 8 weeks. We plan to expand hours that we are open so as to serve more customers.
Community or Constituency Served People in the Twin Cities metropolitan area whose incomes are at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Guideline.
Geographic Area Served Primarily the Twin Cities metropolitan area but will provide service to any low income Minnesotan who can get their vehicle to us.

Reports & Finances

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Organization Last Reviewed on 01/22/2018

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PO Box 6992
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: 612-866-5840

General Information

Alternative Name: The Lift
EIN: 45-4444338
Principal Staff: Cathy Heying
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 8
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 600
Ruling Year: 2012


Board Chair: Rebecca Tumm
Number of Board Members: 12
Board Meetings with Quorum: 15
Average Member Attendance: 9

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