I need help. I need to know that the community supports . But not just in word. If I'm going to keep going, I need financial support.
I have poured the past four years of my life into this project. And with one unidentified complaint, a giant wrench slams the gears to a screeching stop.
I've spent all of our savings and all of our fundraising money on trying to comply with county requirements. $3,750 for a special use application fee (that several county representatives voted not to reduce). $6,000 for septic improvements (our prior system had no signs of deficiency. I've still owe half of that bill). $2,250 for various professional services. (This should be a lot more. My architect has been a generous blessing walking with me through this process.) $500 for masonry modifications. $800 for door upgrades. $100 to change bathroom vinyl base from 4" to 6" (Don't ask me why). $200 in additional exit signs (placed at 2' above the floor, just in case). Hundreds of dollars in other miscelleneous requirements. In addition to roughly $2500 to pay our utility bills over the past five months we've been shut down.
I just got word that our stage (standing solid and strong for 3+ years) won't meet code. Still need to figure out how to change it and what it will cost. On top of it all, I don't know what the building department is going to charge me for their permit. It doesn't matter; I don't have the money to pay for it.
I need a few people to come on board, adopt us, and underwrite our organization with some big four or five figure checks. And I need a lot of people to support us with some checks for a few hundred dollars.
What we're doing is worthwhile. This isn't a passing whim or a flippant attempt. This is an intentional and strategic effort to preserve and enhance the lives of young people. The Hub upholds what is good and right in our world, and we call out and reject the things that bring destruction and ruin lives. And, ask our students, we do it all in a way that is full of life and joy and fun and grace.
Heroin and other drugs are only becoming more prevalent in our community. The world is growing more confused and uncertain every day. I'd like to think that what we're doing at the Hub is making one heck of an effort to halt those things and tangibly show our young people a better way.
This matters for everyone. Students. Parents of teens. Parents of toddlers who will be teens. Young adults. Grandparents. Politicians. Business owners. Investors. We shape our world with what we do and don't do.
If the people of New Lenox, if the people of Mokena, if the people of Frankfort, if the people of Manhattan, and if the people of surrounding communities want the Hub to speak into the lives of teenagers today and in the years to come, it's now or never.