Podcast: Nonprofit Auto Repair: From Social Worker to Shop Owner (w/ Cathy Heying)

Feb. 28, 2023
Cathy Heying, founder of The Lift Garage in Minneapolis, Minnesota, changed careers at 38 to become an auto technician to help fight against transportation scarcity. 

In this episode, Cathy Heying, founder of The Lift Garage in Minneapolis, Minnesota, visits Ratchet+Wrench Radio to talk about the inner workings of nonprofit auto repair shops. Heying, who was once a social worker, made a career change at 38 in order to help more people in real time.

Here's what we discussed:

  • Her time as a social worker
  • When she became an auto technician
  • The founding of The Lift Garage
  • How the nonprofit operates
  • How she helps customers understand car care
  • How her techs are compensated
  • Partnering with outside independent auto repair shops to service her customers
  • The challenges of her work that differ from what other shop owners face.

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About the Author

Chris Jones | Editor

Chris Jones is the editor of Ratchet+Wrench magazine and host of its companion podcast, Ratchet+Wrench Radio, a weekly show featuring automotive professionals across the auto care landscape.

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