Two years ago, the property adjacent to the HSB (and half of
the lot we were borrowing) was sold. We did not profit from the sale of this
property, because it was never ours to begin with. Since the size of our
available parking was cut in half, it became even more crucial to have these
repairs done and make the best out of the remaining space.
Starting in early 2016, the HSB Staff worked tirelessly behind
the scenes to get quotes, raise funds, and even barter in order to see the “The Parking Lot Project” come to
fruition. Our goal was to have a lot
that was well lit, functional, and safe for the many families that use our
facility. Not having the monies to tackle the full project, we knew it was imperative
to at least clean and stripe the lot to best utilize what parking we could make
available until all the funds could be raised.
After a year, and with the help of generous donors like you,
we were able to raise the funds needed! Our goal was to get the lot cleaned,
restriped, and to repair the massive potholes. In addition to all of those
needs, we also wanted to make sure the lot had exceptional lighting to provide
safety for our families that are here for evening games/events. Half of the
total monies raised went to lighting.
After this project came to a close, we heard questions like
“Is the lot really done?” and “Isn’t the whole lot going to be resurfaced?”
Here at the HSB, we take these projects and your thoughtful
donations very seriously. Our goal was to functionally fix the problems with
the lot, not to make it extravagant or ‘new’. A complete resurfacing, with
repairs and lighting would have far exceeded 100k. As a Non-Profit, we operate
within the constraints of a shoe-string budget. We do not participate in
deficit spending. With that said, we strive to raise funds before committing to
sizable projects. We also utilize refurbished items and volunteer service
Greenbauer Asphalt took on the parking lot repairs and
donated a good chunk of their time to help our ministry. We are very thankful
for their generosity! If you have need of asphalt, at your home or business,
please consider giving this ‘home school friendly’ company a call. You can find
contact info for Greenbauer on the partner’s
page of our website.
Before the project was completed, we were concerned about
folks twisting their ankles or falling because of the very large potholes. Quite
frankly, it was even difficult to drive through the lot and park! Near the
bookstore entrance, giant ‘sinkholes’ also developed that were even larger than
the existing potholes in other areas.
We can’t thank you enough for supporting us through this
project! Now we can better accommodate the droves of people that come here
every week for classes, games, and various events. In helping the HSB reach
this goal, you have also helped many families from all over Michigan and
insured the ongoing outreach of this ministry!
The HSB Team