Reason #4: Providing a revenue stream

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Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

*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 #4: This renovation will provide an income stream through facility rental.
At 27,000 square feet with no functioning heating system, Huss School is going to take a ton of money, time and resources to fully renovate. The well-built, historic building is definitely worth saving, but money is scarce and the needs, which include a new roof, are great. We are taking the tortoise’s advice that slow-and-steady wins the race. The volunteers who have helped out so far have gotten a long way on a bit of muscle and a shoestring budget. With an infusion of capital like the $50,000 grant, we can take a big leap forward by creating a room with revenue potential. The income from programs and facility rental in the finished kindergarten room can in turn provide capital for other improvements and revenue-generating portions of the big picture, like an apartment, a wood shop and a community kitchen. Our plan is to make the kindergarten room functional and sturdy enough to handle a group of rambunctious pre-schoolers, but whimsically beautiful enough to host a small wedding. So who’s going to be the first couple to get married there?

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