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Reason #1: Imagining new possibilities

*cino needs YOU to vote each day in December to help us win a $50,000 grant to renovate the old kindergarten room at Huss School! Why vote? Read on…

Reason #1: This project will be a big step toward a thriving community center that will empower young people and community members to imagine new possibilities for our rural city.

Since Rob and I moved to Three Rivers, we’ve heard some awfully negative comments about the community we’ve come to love. Our interns have experienced it, too. This summer, we hosted a group of cross country bikers who were told to keep on riding to another town, because it wasn’t safe here for people who look like outsiders. We respectfully disagree! There’s a time to ignore negative attitudes and a time to transform them. With the help of the community, we hope to create a space that makes more and more people say, “Our city has its share of problems, but it’s a good place where I feel like I can belong.” Naysayers, beware! We all share the responsibility to make Three Rivers a great place and we hope the creative transformation of Huss School will become part of our community’s legacy, turning the most practiced frowns into hopeful smiles.

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

Kirstin is a member of the *culture is not optional core community and is the Head Caretaker at GilChrist Retreat Center.