Not having transportation in the rural areas of Southwest Michigan can be debilitating. We rely heavily on our vehicles to get to church, get to work, doctors’ visits and so much more. The purpose of the C.A.R.S. Ministry at LifeBridge Church is to assist you with basic car repair so that you can get back to doing life.
All transportation services require assessment by the LifeBridge GO Team coordinators to determine if you are eligible. To meet with the GO Team, complete an application for transportation assistance.
STEP 1: Determine Pre-Eligibility
Prior to your meeting with the GO Team coordinators, you should be able to say “Yes” to the following questions:
- o Are you a “Lifer”?
• Have you been attending LifeBridge for at least 6 months?
• Are you either serving on one of our Bridge Crew teams or attending a LifeGroup?
- o Do you own a vehicle and/or can you afford a vehicle?
– If you own a vehicle:
• Is your vehicle registered in your name?
• Is your vehicle worth repairing (based on cost for repairs and age and mileage of vehicle)?
– If you don’t own a vehicle or your vehicle cannot be repaired:
• Can you afford taxes and plates?
• Can you afford auto insurance?
• Can you afford routine maintenance and repairs?
- o Do you have a valid Michigan driver license?
STEP 2: Determine Program Eligibility
If you answered “yes” to each of the questions in Step 1, request a C.A.R.S. APPLICATION by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (If you prefer, you can stop by the church office on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays between the hours of 9am and 3pm to pickup a copy.) Complete the application and submit it, either online or through the LifeBridge Office.
The GO Team coordinators will contact you within seven business days to setup a face-to-face meeting to discuss your needs and how we can best serve you.
After your meeting and after prayerful consideration by the GO Team coordinators and leadership, you will be notified as to your eligibility for car repairs or receipt of a donated vehicle, if one is available.
STEP 3a: Determine Need for Vehicle Repair
Once eligibility is confirmed and after your meeting with the GO Team coordinators, they will contact our Repair team to set an appointment for an inspection of your vehicle. The Repair team will determine what repair work needs to be completed. If the cost for repairs exceeds the value and worth of your vehicle, the team may suggest a referral for you to receive a vehicle donation.
STEP 3b: Determine Need for Vehicle Donation
Similar to the previous step, once eligibility for you to receive a donated vehicle is confirmed, we will contact our contracted auto dealership to find a vehicle for you, if one is available. Someone from the GO Team will contact you when a vehicle is available. The dealership will meet with you to finalize the transfer of the vehicle to you.