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Pedro Bunay was renting a U-Haul for his equipment for roofing jobs before he received a Dodge truck from the Good News Garage.


provides a tank of gas and, when needed, one month of auto insurance. Pedro Bunay received a 1997 Dodge


truck from the Good News Garage. After the truck he owned died, he rented a U-Haul vehicle to get back and forth to roofing jobs that support his family. “This was a big help,” he said of his new truck. To thank Trinity members, he


Frank Hauser (right) started Good News Garage about five years ago. He and Kevin Lang (left), the program’s volunteer mechanics, have since restored and given away 10 vehicles.


voluntarily cleaned and repaired the church’s gutters. Hauser said it isn’t difficult to find


people to give the vehicles to: “We save the vehicles, and God sends us people. We hardly ever have to look for someone to take a vehicle.” He learned about Brussa’s and


Stancata’s situations after reading articles about them in local newspapers. “Sometimes people need a hand


with transportation for whatever reason,” Hauser said. “They can’t afford transportation; something has gone wrong in their life. This is a hand up, not a handout. It’s a little help to get you going back on your way.” Schelter and Lang think the program is


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a fulfilling way of responding to Jesus’ call to love our neighbor. Hauser hopes to expand the Good News


Garage to include a training program for young people involving local repair shops. “I have been blessed with more breaks


in my life than I can number,” Hauser said. “It’s my turn to give back. It’s ‘God’s work. Our hands.’ the ELCA motto.”


For more photos, find this article at LivingLutheran.org.


Knowles is a freelance writer and former religion and business reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times.


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