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Bobby & Steve's Auto World wraps up successful 1st year partnering for benefit of people beating addiction

Auto service provider’s long-running Youth Foundation directs proceeds from vehicle auctions into funding for Cars for Recovery


October 25, 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 24, 2018) – A community foundation started by the Twin Cities’ most respected and recognizable auto service provider today declared a success its first year partnering with a substance abuse treatment center dedicated to repairing young people’s lives and getting them back on the road as productive members of society.

Bobby and Steve’s Auto Word Youth Foundationhas been collecting vehicles from the public and selling them at auction in support of Cars for Recovery, a program run by Minnesota Teen and Adult Challenge.

This mission is just one of several that the Youth Foundation has been carrying out since 2007 and includes upgrading numerous public parks, providing books to young people in the metro area and awarding grants for worthy causes whose mission is to support positive outcomes in people’s lives.

“Our goal is to help anyone be who they want to be, “said Melissa Peterson, Bobby and Steve’s administrative consultant who is active in the Youth Foundation’s operations.

Peterson adds that the Cars for Recovery partnership not only keeps vehicles in circulation and not in incinerators or landfills, but it also gives teens and young adults a chance to avoid being thrown aside.

“It’s not like it’s three strikes,” she said. “It’s more like 100.”

Bruce Studer, vehicle donations manager for Cars for Recovery, said that Bobby and Steve’s has played a major role in his program’s impressive growth of roughly doubling the number of vehicles collected annually, from 131 in 2015 to a record 255 last year. And that record is about to topple.

As of mid-October, Cars for Recovery has received more than 200 vehicles with the heavy donation months on the 2018 calendar still to come.

However, Studer points out, the actual number of vehicles donated is just one measure of Bobby and Steve’s value to his program and Minnesota Teen & Adult Challenge.

“Because the Bobby and Steve’s vehicles are sold at public auction and on weekends,” Studer said, “I have seen my revenues go up tremendously, this makes a big difference.”

Studer said he wants the people at Bobby and Steve’s to know their partnership has not only helped those steady their lives, but it has touched his heart as well.

“I’ve had guys who have gone through recovery reach out and grab me and give me a hug,” Studer said. “They say, ‘You just don’t know what this means to me to get this vehicle.’ ”

He recalled one recovery program graduate tell him Cars for Recovery made it possible for him to have his first vehicle in seven years.

“This really puts a smile on my face,” Studer said. “That’s what’s most rewarding.”

About Bobby and Steve’s Auto World

The Bobby and Steve’s brand has been providing premier auto repair service to Twin Cities motorists since 1996. Bobby Williams along with his five partners currently operate eight metro locations: three in Minneapolis, two in Bloomington and one each in Columbia Heights, Eden Prairie and West St. Paul. Public auto auctions are also held several times at year at Bobby and Steve’s in Columbia Heights. For more information, visit: .

About Bobby and Steve’s Auto World Youth Foundation

Bobby & Steve’s Auto World owners established the Youth Foundation in 2007 in order to guide young people in the Twin Cities area into actions and activities that will provide positive outcomes in their lives. The Foundation has created projects promoting literacy, healthy living, and active lives. For more information, visit:


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