The Auto Shop at The Shops at Devereux is a full-service automotive repair shop employing eight individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. Under the supervision of a certified mechanic, the individuals assist in a variety of jobs, including oil changes, tune-ups, tire rebalancing and replacement, and brake repairs as well as auto detailing (limited to fair weather). The most frequently performed service is Pennsylvania state inspections and emissions testing. The Auto Shop is a licensed State Inspection Station and completes an average of 110 inspections each year. It is noted, however, that Devereux does not currently own emissions testing equipment. That component of the state inspection is completed through partnership with a local mechanic at the cost of $45 per vehicle.
The Auto Shop will be redesigned to model both a community automotive repair business as well as to facilitate the needs of the individuals employed in the program. A waiting area will be added, along with a formal registration desk, to enhance the customer experience. Energy efficient materials and design will be incorporated throughout the building to reduce ongoing operating costs as well as to further Devereux’s commitment to natural resource preservation. Accessibility features will also be prevalent to enable access for customers, staff and the individuals.
The proposal also includes the addition of emissions equipment, valued at $4,500, into the renovated Auto Shop. With an annual average of 110 state inspections per year, and the retention of $45 of revenue per vehicle, the equipment will be fully funded within the year.
The most significant addition, however, will be the inclusion of a fourth bay, dedicated to car washes, vacuuming and full-service automotive detailing. The bay will enable this business line to be expanded significantly, as it will no longer be weather-dependent.
These enhancements will create a more functional and visually-appealing work environment, and provide for more varied work opportunities for the individuals employed by The Auto Shop.
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