[Masthead] Fair ~ 82°F  
High: 89°F ~ Low: 74°F
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Local auto service begins car-repair ministry

Saturday, November 10, 2012

(Photo)
Todd Seiber of T&S Auto Service and Repair will begin a partnership with the Dyersburg-Dyer County Union Mission and Matthew 25:40 this month to help those in financial hardship with labor costs for emergency auto repairs. Seiber has committed to donate $500 per month in vouchers for the next 12 months to be used toward car repairs in his automotive shop located at 109 N. King Ave., in downtown Dyersburg. Officials with Matthew and the Mission will screen local residents interested in the program.
Todd Seiber of T&S Auto Service and Repair has seen firsthand the burden unexpected automotive repairs can place on families living in financial hardship.

For nearly a year, Seiber has been investigating ways to help local residents in need who find themselves faced with costly automotive problems, but it wasn't until he relocated his business to the old B.F. Goodrich building downtown that everything fell into place.

"(It was) put on my heart about nine months ago to do this," said Seiber. "There is a great need for single moms and the elderly who cannot afford the regular price to get cars fixed. That's what made us want to start this program. When we moved over here to this location, it all fell into place."

Seiber has partnered with Matthew 25:40 and the Dyersburg-Dyer County Union Mission to begin an initiative that provides those in need with vouchers to be used for labor in his repair shop.

"We are going to donate $500 per month," said Seiber. "The vouchers will be split between the Dyersburg Dyer County Union Mission and Matthew 25:40. They will prescreen the people."

The vouchers, in $50 increments, will be distributed through Matthew and the Mission. Those receiving vouchers must to call to schedule an appointment.

"We are looking forward to working with Todd on this ministry idea to help people with legitimate needs get their cars repaired," said Dyersburg-Dyer County Union Mission Executive Director Neal Chatham.

Chatham said Seiber's initiative is a welcome fit to Mission programs designed to help clients become more independent.

"Often, it is the cost of the labor that makes the repair impossible for people to get taken care of," said Chatham. "This fits in with our new emphasis on helping people to learn to budget and figure out ways to solve problems like car repairs."

"This gift is such a blessing, especially to those who depend on their vehicle to earn a living and those who have limited incomes," said Matthew 25:40 Executive Director Amy McDonald. "We praise T&S Auto Service and Repair for their support in our community and look forward to working with them as well as the Union Mission in meeting this need."

The initiative will begin Monday, Nov. 12.

"We are doing a 12-month commitment," said Seiber. "And we are hoping to be able to increase our giving. We would like to double our monthly gift and open the other $500 per month up to churches who would like to recommend residents in need. We are looking in the future to be able to do that."

Those interested in the program may call the Dyersburg-Dyer County Union Mission at 285-0726 or Matthew 25:40 office at 286-0954.


Comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on stategazette.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Good job Todd, great program.

-- Posted by Chrisbivens on Sun, Nov 11, 2012, at 4:32 PM

If the people of Dyersburg didn't plan the city as completely automobile dominated, this wouldn't be such an issue. As it is now, you've built an environment that traps people in their cars, forcing everyone to pay high costs for mobility.

Also, I assume non-Christians need not apply for this program?

I suppose one large issue plaguing places like Dyersburg is a lack of general foresight.

-- Posted by peanutvoss on Tue, Nov 13, 2012, at 8:54 AM

I would say to the comment about "I assume non-christians need not apply for this program" that non-christians have never needed something to fall back on as they think "it is what it is" so why wouldn't this be the case.

It would stand to reason that since non-believers are so against christians, they wouldn't want to participate anyway.???

-- Posted by agentsinger on Tue, Nov 13, 2012, at 12:37 PM

May the Lord richly bless this ministry,and I would like to say that I personally know Todd and it is his goal to help those in need. It is sad however that in this day you must prescreen people because so many are out to take advantage of these gifts. This business will prosper and grow as he continues to share the love of Christ with all especially unbelievers. Go Todd !!

-- Posted by rev.moon on Wed, Nov 14, 2012, at 6:48 PM

Christian or not... It looks like he's willing to help the needy.... This is what u call sharing a gift from God.... You can't stop a blessing..... Way to go Todd....

-- Posted by DMASE on Thu, Nov 15, 2012, at 1:30 AM


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration. If you already have an account on this site, enter your username and password below. Otherwise, click here to register.

Username:

Password:  (Forgot your password?)

Your comments:
Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic.