Mobility is a discriminatory character for access to or return to work. Given this reality, the Salvation Army Foundation has opened a solidarity garage in Kingersheim, in the Haut-Rhin. Targeting a vulnerable audience for whom the car is an essential need, it offers rental, sales and repair services at a lower cost. The TF1 1:00 p.m. paper devoted a report to it that allows us to understand how this impact structure works.
The garage is also an insertion place
The cars and services on offer are at unbeatable prices: €2,000 for the purchase of a vehicle, up to €30 per hour for repairs and just €20 for rentals (of which 15 are covered by Salvation Army partners).
And the social impact of this structure goes even further: the garage employs four employees in integration who are supported in their professional project.
A vicious circle based on donations
What the garage showed the light of day a few weeks ago: the generosity of vehicle donors coupled with an original financing system. The Foundation has started a crowdfunding campaign. For every euro a citizen pays, the project partners (the European Community of Alsace and Passion Automobiles) commit themselves to pay one euro. A vicious circle in which it is possible to participate by following this link. Helpful clarification: By handing over their car to the Salvation Army, the ex-owners enjoy a tax exemption.
Only people in a precarious situation in the Bas-Rhin or Haut-Rhin benefit from this solidarity garage. An initiative with a smart economic model, based on voluntary local actors. And if we duplicate it somewhere else?