THE LIFT GARAGE
Cathy Heying runs the The Lift Garage, a nonprofit auto repair shop located at the Lake and Hiawatha intersection. The mission of The Lift is to move people out of poverty and homelessness by providing low-cost car repair. The demand is so great, that even before the Covid-19 pandemic, customers would often wait three months for an appointment.
Since mid-March, Cathy and her team have had to figure out a way meet their mission while also keeping staff, vendors and customers safe. They’ve streamlined online and phone payments, set up drop boxes for keys and parts, and take extra care to wipe down every set of keys, parts, and vehicle before and after working on it.
Like many business owners these days, Cathy is overwhelmed and struggles to keep morale up, but focuses on the positive, stating, "I am so grateful for the team I have who are willing to come in and work hard every day under hard circumstances and risk. I'm so grateful we've found a way to keep people safe while also being here for our customers."
Want to support The Lift? Community support and donations help cover overhead costs and are needed more than ever. Visit www.theliftgarage.org and make a donation today.