HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- Jason Wells has been working on cars since he was 13 years old. Now the lifelong handyman is turning his passion into a way to give back to the community through his non-profit organization, Mechanics of Faith.
“First and foremost, we’re trying to share God's love. At the same time, keep the community safe one automotive at a time," Wells said.
Wells started the non-profit last year with some friends, doing minor repairs to vehicles
“You need brakes, oil changes, light bulbs, battery replaced, wiper blades, things like that," Wells said.
He said the thing that hits close home to him is being able to offer veterans in need, a mode of transportation, through a partnership with Liberation Veteran Service, a non-profit in Richmond that helps house homeless veterans.
“You donate the vehicle to Liberations basically through us and we repair the vehicle and get it fixed up for the veterans. And then we donate that vehicle to the vets once they’ve finished the program," Wells said.
In the last year, Wells said they have donated five autos to veterans and he is preparing three vehicles right now for delivery.
"When the vets finish their program, they got to move them into apartments," Wells said. "They’re going to use this to help move furniture.”
He just hopes he can keep giving back as much as he can.
"It’s like a double whammy and some days I sit in my truck and cry after helping somebody because I’m overwhelmed. And that’s when you know you’re doing the right thing," Wells said.