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Non-profit looking to expand services, seeking community support

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It is not your traditional mechanic shop.

'Wrench it Forward' on 31st street is in the business of changing people's lives for the better.

Founder Chris Bost saw a real need, 5 years ago.

"You've got non-profits that hit on food pantries, clothing, shelter, but nobody's touching the transportation side of it," Bost said. 

Him and his wife, Samantha, have seen it all.

 "Grandmothers that are taking care of their grandchildren, because of a bad mistake choices made by their children. That one hurts, that one hits home," he said. "Single moms. Single dads. That are going through rough times in between jobs, that car goes down how are they supposed to get money for their house, for their kids?"

Oftentimes, the couple works for free to keep the operation afloat. They rely on other non-profits and individual donors, as well as running a kettle corn trailer to raise money.

"This community is very giving, very helpful and without support from them and the volunteers we receive, this would not be possible," Chris Boast said.

"We had companies that donated material for us, it was a community effort from the beginning," Samantha Bost said. 

In order to continue, the team is branching out.

A friend set up a GoFundMe for the non-profit to raise $5,000.

Samantha Bost says the hard work really does pay off. 

"They've got money left over in their pocket because they were saving to pay 700 dollar bills and they only had to pay 2 or 3. Sometimes it's a choice between getting their car fixed and paying your bills," Bost said.

The non-profit also accepts car donations, no matter what the condition.

"Overwhelming feelings of joy. It's been a long time coming I feel like. But it's amazing," Ruby Molina said. 

On Thursday, 2 women from the New Legacy Home for Women,  became proud new car owners, thanks to the Bosts.

"I'm so grateful. My heart just feels like, my cup runneth over," Trey-Lynn Joplin said. 

After qualifying, they now have reliable transport to and from work. 

To learn more about the non-profit click here.

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