Impact Garage is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to relieve a financial burden by providing low-cost car repairs and free pre-purchase inspections
for low wage earning families in the Dayton, OH area.
Growing up Terri recalls spending many evenings and weekends under cars holding a flashlight or handing her dad tools assisting him as he repaired cars in the family’s garage. Terri thought this is what her dad did to earn extra money to help support his family. Many years later, not long into her career as a Social Worker, Terri realized her dad wasn’t working on cars to provide for his family but to provide a solution for people that he saw in need.
In late 2020 the idea of offering low-cost car repairs resurfaced with Terri as she saw first hand the need among people she knew. She began searching for other nonprofit car repair shops and located one a few states away. The founder of this organization shared valuable information and guidance on how to form a garage that could serve an underserved community. Terri shared the concept of a non profit auto repair garage with a few people. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive and we began a plan to formalize Impact Garage. During this time of development we repaired cars for families in need in our own garages. We also have received a few donated vehicles, completed necessary repairs and gifted them to families in our community!
The paperwork was filed in 2021 and the nonprofit organization, Impact Garage, was officially formed. There is still work to be done before we will be able to open the physical doors to Impact Garage. As we continue to make progress and serve, we invite you to come alongside us and support this much needed resource in our community.
“…we repaired donated cars in our own garages and gifted them to families in our community.”
In all we do, we hold ourselves to the highest standards. We strive for continuous improvement.
We recognize the dignity of all people. We offer others—and ourselves—patience, kindness, love and forgiveness.
We support each other – our customers and their families, our colleagues, the community, and ourselves in building a better tomorrow.
We will always do what is right for the customer, the volunteer, the donor, the employee or the circumstance.
Our Leadership Team
Impact Garage is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to relieve a financial burden by providing low-cost car repairs and free pre-purchase inspections for low wage earning families in the Dayton Ohio area.
It all started for me about 12 years ago when I was asked to help a family, new to the country and who only spoke Spanish, to fix their dryer which stopped heating. I am an electrical engineer and my friend who asked me to help knew that I was pretty handy. My wife spoke Spanish so I took her with me to translate. I think I replaced the heating element. Since then I have helped many families in the Greater Dayton area with appliances, lawn equipment, home repair, and car repair. Many of the families are refugees, speak very little English, and don’t have much support. I do it for a few reasons. First and foremost, Jesus served so I want to serve. God has given me the ability to fix many things, and I am just using the gifts he has given me. Secondly, honestly it’s a little selfish, I like the feeling I get when I see the smile on someones face or the joy in their heart when I am able to help them out. Lastly, I don’t like seeing people get taken advantage of. It happens way more often than most people realize, especially when it comes to cars. If I can take a few hours out of my week to save someone a little bit of money and a lot of headache, it is well worth my time. My piece, however, is only a small fragment of the International Ministry that has been helping struggling families in Dayton. Impact Garage, I believe, will help make the people that I work with be more effective and offer a broader scope of service for vehicles that are not luxuries, but essential tools needed for sustaining families.
Board Member, Secretary
I have married to my wife, Kayla, for 10 years. We have 2 children. Emerson (son) is 9 and Reagan (daughter) is 6 on November 27th. I received most of my financial background on the Equipment Services side of General Electric. I managed a team of 20 people and oversaw 4 locations on the maintenance side. I managed the P&L on a daily basis and reported numbers to our executive managers on a monthly basis. I worked there for 10 years before I decided to start my own business. I have owned my business, The Trailer Doctors, for 14 years. I oversee all aspects of the business, including forecasting and managing the P&L for the business. I was on the finance team with our previous church, Beavercreek Christian Church, for over 5 years and helped to create and maintain budgets. I was elected to be on the financial team for Southwest Church starting in January 2023. I am also on the board for the Miami Valley Transportation Club where we oversee the budgets for our 230 members.
Board Member, Treasurer
I am married with 3 children. Professionally, I have over 25 years of assurance and advisory experience in public accounting with Deloitte and Touche LLP. I have served both publicly held and private clients. I have served on several not-for-profit boards during my career, including United States Air Force Museum Foundation, American Red Cross Dayton Chapter, and Beavercreek Soccer Association. I have been the treasurer at Beavercreek Christian Church for over 25 years and am currently an Elder. I am excited about Impact Garage and the opportunity to fill a great need in the Miami Valley area. Lower income individuals/families often struggle with car repair and maintenance. Reliable transportation is very important for their financial stability. I have seen individuals and families struggle with this. Due desperation and limited resources, they often aren’t able to make a decision that provides a reliable long term solution for their transportation needs. Resources are limited for them to receive assistance with their transportation needs. I am excited to be a part of a solutions for this issue.