National Oil & Lube News

May 2017

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It is hard to miss First Lube Plus, which is located in the business district of Salem, Oregon. With a mural of a Chevy Camaro on the side of the building, you know immediately it is a place where auto lovers will find solace. What might not be so readily realized is the connection the auto service shop has to the local church. e building that now houses the shop had been operated by the DeLon Auto Group and was home to various car dealerships on the surrounding properties. When the owners put the property up for sale, Salem First Baptist Church stepped in and bought it as a way to further efforts to give back to the community — and also to ensure the properties wouldn't be vacant for long. Pulpit Minister Mark Hanky had the idea to not only create a business that would serve church parishioners and nearby residents, but could also be used to help those who had fallen on hard times or worse. "is business is there to provide work to those who are still struggling after the economic downturn, as well as providing a reentry for those coming out of corrections or just chronic homelessness," said Steve Hunter, the Opera- tions manager for First Lube Plus. "We have a gamut of opportuni- ties for those turning their lives around. is was Min- ister Hanky's THE OF THE ARTrt CARrt at First Lube Plus By Peter Suciu 36 NOLN |

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