What was the “Parking Lot Project?”
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 whenever possible.
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