One of the greatest problems facing our nation today is the American “need” to turn a quick profit. These fiascos have resulted in millions of dollars in foreclosures and many thousands of lives essentially “ruined” in the process. Perhaps there is a greater gain to be considered than money. There is no greater reward, financial or otherwise, than that of helping a child in need.
In the low-income neighborhoods of this country, children often find themselves with too much time on their hands to be productive, and no idea of how to do so if they wished. Boys and Girls Clubs are great but usually located far from the neighborhoods which could benefit most. What is really needed is a place where children can play safely, receive extra instruction for success in school, and enjoy a wholesome meal or snack within their own community.
Here lies the answer to the $150,000 question. My plan would be relatively simple: purchase a foreclosed home within a low income neighborhood, fix it up, and find people to come inside and make a difference in the lives of children. Additionally, I would make arrangements for food, materials, and activities to be available by starting a campaign to raise money and acquire donations to sustain the new Kids’ Club.
Not just small children have a need for such a place, but older children as well. The ideal purchase would be a 3,000 plus square foot distressed home on a decent sized lot. Of course, in a lower income neighborhood, this may not be available. So the size of the house would be less important than the lot, because along with the renovations would be an addition to make it suitable for approximately 50 children at a time with ample space remaining outdoors for wholesome activities. The ideal purchase price for this property would be $50,000 or less - not an unrealistic find.
The house could be a traditional design as the existing (and added) rooms would serve a new purpose. The house would need only: a large kitchen, a storage room for donations of clothing (such as a laundry room), a large den for recreation (the living room), a library for books and computers (the office area), a casual eating area (the dining room), and four more rooms (bedrooms) for small group instruction and remediation.
The kitchen would need to be updated for safety as well as functionality. The addition would need to provide spacious bedrooms (for tutoring of different ability levels), a library/computer center (including enough ports to allow for multiple computers), and a large enough room for various recreational activities (such as ping pong and board games). The house would need to be renovated for stability and functionality, and a contractor would need to be hired who would be fair on price. The estimate for this renovation and addition would be $40,000 or less.
Outdoor equipment would be just as important as the indoor. For smaller children, there would need to be a deluxe...