Car Repair Assistance Programs

Catholic Charities

Financial assistance is provided for emergency rent, utilities, and car repair when funds are available. To receive assistance, send an email with your name, telephone number, and location (City/County) to EA-CH@ccda.net or help and they will call you back. To receive assistance, Catholic Charities requires recipients to meet the income, residential and other requirements. The required documents include, a temporary or current Commonwealth of Virginia registration in your name, an unexpired driver’s license, proof of current auto insurance, proof of residency in the Diocese of Arlington and, pledge letters from other organizations/churches to cover the difference if the repair bill is more than Catholic Charities can pay. The applicant should pay a portion of the bill.

Britepaths Reliable Rides

“Reliable Rides” is a special segment of our Financial Assistance Program that helps fund major car repairs so that clients in crisis can maintain their cars safely and continue to get to work to support their families. Britepaths’ Financial Assistance Program serves Fairfax County residents and requires a referral from Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703.222.0880. Referrals are made to Britepaths by CSP. based on demonstrated need and the adherence to specified criteria, and we grant assistance as funds are available. Britepaths pays a portion of the bill (typically up to $400) directly to the service provider with the understanding that the client will also help pay.

Craftsman Cares

This unique program gives “one big break” to families or individuals in need of auto repair or transportation. To be considered as a recipient for this program, candidates must follow these guidelines:

  • They should be facing a temporary hardship and needs reliable transportation or minor car repair in order for them to recover and get back on track.
  • Apply using the online form at, craftsmanautocare.com/craftsmancare
    or submitting the form to the shop in person or mailing it to:
    Craftsman Cares Program/Craftsman Auto Care
    7001A Manchester Blvd Alexandria, VA 22310
  • Each submission must be co-signed by a sponsor (From an organization, i.e., a church, school system, employer, etc.)