Many Prayers offers many services

Bill Garrison and Sophia, his wife, moved to Toledo a few years ago and now they are here helping out the community of Toledo. Bill is the instructor for self defense classes and he is also a handyman who can help around your home with needed repairs or replacements. His passion is helping people, their handyman company is called Many Prayers.

Since he has been here, he has been teaching self defense classes, he stated, “My wife and I live in Toledo and love it here. When I saw that the City of Toledo was offering free self defense classes for women and girls I volunteered to help teach the class. There have been several requests for ongoing classes, so I am trying to fill that void in our community.” This is a great class for all who need to learn self defense in these difficult times.

If you are unsure if you would like to attend they will be having an orientation to help familiarize yourself with what a self defense class will help you. Bill stated, “We will be having an orientation/pre-registration meeting on November 11 at the City Hall. Women will be meeting at 6:00 p.m. and men will be meeting at 7:00 p.m. Kids can come with either parent. We will have a Q&A as part of this meeting.”

In any self defense class you have to have a clear understanding of what skills you will need, Bill continued, “We will be starting with establishing a strong foundation of skills upon which to build a curriculum of life saving self defense techniques and a self empowering mindset for each student.”

Crime has picked up everywhere it seems, in big cities and even in moderate size cities, do you know enough to protect yourself? If you aren’t, Bill is here to help, he stated, “We have all noticed that the criminal activities of the bigger cities have been expanding into more rural communities. It is much better to be prepared for this intrusion before it happens than to wish we had after we have already been brutalized or even killed.” The reality of today is, you go to a big city, you need to be able to protect yourself.

We all could use a handyman for one reason or another, Bill is also a skilled carpenter and can help with any projects you have. He stated, “I have built decks, added room additions, relocated a washer and dryer, installed laminate flooring in many houses, built sheds, remodeled an old garage into a one bed, one bath home with all new wiring, plumbing, roof, walls, etc. I can do most anything.”

Not many desire to be handymen, but if it runs in your family you do. Bill continued, “There are two reasons why I became a handyman. One is that I had worked with my father for a few years as his handyman helper. More recently I was the maintenance manager of a 45 unit apartment building where I learned many skills that have given me the opportunity to be able to help people with their home and business projects.” If you need any work done, he is your go to guy.

Being a handyman, you have to know how to do several things and do it well, not just one thing. Bill stated, “There is not much that I can’t do, nothing too small or too big. I can do plumbing, electrical, laminate/ vinyl flooring, decks, furniture assembly and so much more. I charge $50 per hour regardless of what the job is. If the job is more than a 30 minute drive away, then I charge a $50 trip charge to offset the cost of gas.”

Bill and Sophia are all about giving back to the community, they are very gracious people and will do whatever you need but they are not about the money. As Bill stated, “All funds generated by my handyman work and the self defense classes goes straight to my nonprofit, Many Prayers Inc. Any money in excess of our expenses will be shared with other nonprofit organizations like the local food bank, homeless shelters and programs, rape crisis centers, and Native American Ceremonial activities among others.”

They believe in Pay It Forward and what a wonderful way to be in a small community like South Lewis County.

Between self defense classes and handyman services, Bill and Sophia are here to make it a better place for everyone.

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