The Lift Garage

Mission Statement

The Lift Garage offers people a vehicle out of poverty by: Providing low-cost quality car repair, Connecting with community partners to strengthen the support network; and Linking customers with needed resources.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments The Lift Garage provided low-cost car repairs for Minnesotans who met the 150% Federal Poverty Guideline. During the current year, The Lift Garage repaired 857 cars saving their customers $533,000 in car repair costs as compared to purchasing those repairs at current market rates. In addition, free inspections were completed on 124 cars with advice not to spend money to repair the vehicle as the repair outweighed the value of the vehicle and therefore, saving repair costs. Pre-purchase inspections were performed on 37 cars saving $2,775 in inspection costs. Express service appointments were performed for 71 cars providing bulbs at no cost and wiper blades, batteries, and fluid top offs at cost. 163 mobile van inspections were performed to determine if cars should be brought into the shop for repairs.
Current Goals Our goals are: to serve 1600 customers by completing 4700 hours of repair work, to restart our car care classes and have 140 attendees, and to provide 350 transportation supports to our customers (tow services, uber rides, and more)
Community or Constituency Served The Lift Garage serves any Minnesotan whose income is at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Guideline.
Geographic Area Served Primarily the 7 county metro area but anyone living in the state of Minnesota is eligible.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 01/22/2024

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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2401 East Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: 6128665840

General Information

Alternative Name: The Lift
EIN: 45-4444338
Principal Staff: Cathy Heying
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 14
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 1500
Ruling Year: 2012


Board Chair: Lynn Altmann
Number of Board Members: 12
Board Meetings with Quorum: 18
Average Member Attendance: 10.6

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