I want to see something happen and I am so tired of waiting.My name is Monica Wright. For 12 years I operated 4 twenty-four hour a day childcare facilities in the city of Philadelphia. We served hundreds of children, from low income families in need of nontraditional hours of care. I employed many women in the community. Those interactions created a lifetime of love and community.
So put on your seat belt, I want to take you on a tour of my dream and hope that at the end of the ride, you will find it in your heart to give something and I promise you it will be paid forward over and over again and you will have a lifelong place that will welcome you. Here goes...(make sure you view all the pictures uploaded).
In 2001 I opened a family daycare home at 3125 Reach Street in Kensington, one of the most underserved areas of the City of Philadelphia. We grew to serve a second location in Kensington and two more locations, one in South Philadelphia, and one in the Northeast section of the city.
Our original landlord of 3125 Reach Street has allowed the property to become abandoned and it faces foreclosure. The bank that holds the mortgage is willing to sell the building to me for $8,750. That's less then the cost of a brand new economy car!
I am a licensed realtor and while I was looking for new customers, the owner of the property next door to our original daycare came forward and offered his now abandoned property for "short sale", which means I am negotiating with his bank to acquire his property for less than $10,000. The goal would be to combine the two properties into a state of the art childcare facility that could again serve low income families in the city in need of nontraditional care.
So you might ask "why" I am asking for so little. I am asking for a jump start. I have loan applications in the works to get the things done to make this dream come true. Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000) will fund the purchase of the two buildings, the beginnings of the renovations needed (the building are small but should accommodate 14 children per shift). My daycare organization still owns 3 other properties, one which houses a still functioning childcare facility that has now reached capacity in this economic rebound. One thing I realized during my twelve years of childcare operations experience was the need for daycares to have alternative streams of funding.
I believe God brought a great hobby into my life for a reason, that hobby was soap making. Besides being a childcare provider, which brought great people into my life, being a soap maker has been exciting and fulfilling and touches everyone, and has allowed me to touch so many because everyone has to wash! During the 2009 state budget crisis, where daycares were not paid for 4 months, it was the proceeds for my soap making business that kept the daycares open and operating.
When I closed my south Philadelphia daycare, I reinvented the location as PhillySoaps Cafe. I sell handmade soaps, bath and body products, we tried selling gourmet coffee and smoothies, we've had spoken word events and parties, sold fresh fruits and vegetables, Greek food and chicken and waffles. Everyone who had a dream of opening a business was welcome to give it a try in our space and so many cool people stepped up to the challenge. The problem was we were severely under funded.
The greatest thing you can do is share this campaign. I know money is tight for everyone. So your support, ideals, referrals are as good as GOLD, thank you for taking the time to learn about my campaign.