As the company and industry grows, we hope to be able to provide all of the following under one roof in a permanent location. We hope to expand into other communities as well as a model of community empowerment. Right now, it starts with me, teaching classes to small groups of people, utilizing the resources out there for self-improvement, and turning them into classes that are more absorbable and accessible to a wider variety of people.
We hope to soon offer guidance sessions to help people find books that match their specific needs. Then after the initial consultation and book selection, we will set up a time for you and your loved ones if desired, to come in and start your journey with the book.
Support our growth shop
We have a lot of big ideas and a lot of good we want to do in the world. If you support our ideas, cause, and purpose, we plan on having a small online shop with locally purchased items for sale with a markup as the money that comes to us to support our mission. We plan on packaging each item like a gift and including the information we can gather about its creator. This idea stems from local charity thrift shops, but for a wealthier crowd and instead of getting donated items, we get the chance to support local artisans in their crafts and marketing. Each listing will include access directly to the creator and purchasing at the original price. We value honesty and transparency and don't want people to misunderstand the intention of our store.
Part 2: Community Support Store
If the online shop is successful and able to grow, we want to build a shop where any profits are given to community requested places that benefit the community. Here in Spokane, such places would include, Venessa Behan, Our Place, local shelters, libraries, nominated community members, locally owned businesses, etc. Think like the restaurants where you can put your business-card in a box, and you might earn a free meal, but on a much larger scale. We want to be able to fill the gaps and really find innovative ways to support our communities growth and change especially with how hard the last few years have been for everybody.
A Physical Location
Obviously one of our big goals is to get an actual physical space. For now I will be using the spaces I can access for free or low cost, when I can afford to, I will be moving on to hopefully subletting in office for a few days a week, the phase after will include our own office space rented or leased, and when we get enough support we plan on re- purposing and revitalizing and easily accessible location with ample parking. That goal I can't imagine reaching anytime soon, I want this space to feel beautiful and special and welcoming to everyone.
Book Groups for other ages and categories
We want to offer a variety of classes for variety of Ages. Workshops, workbook guide sessions, self-help book analysis, and social time with peers in an organized and fun setting. I have a variety of age-appropriate books to teach children lessons and values we support and believe in. Just as with the adult books, you will have the opportunity know beforehand of any of the works we use.
Auditions to host your own paid class
One thing we really want to revolutionize is the Quick Cash industry. The main ways people can make quick cash right now includes under the table work, pawning their belongings, selling their plasma, selling drugs, selling sex, MLMs, scams, theft, and other legal and illegal ways. We want to provide ways for people to earn quick money using something they are passionate about. We will have an audition system set up to allow people to show what they want to teach, and if it fits with our values, we will do a subcontracted test class. If there is enough interest, we will provide opportunities for growth and long-term employment.
We want to have a space where people can go after classes to reflect if they choose. We also want to make this room available outside of hours so you can come rent the space and have quiet relaxing place to be when you need it. Almost like an indoor park or garden.
In house childcare
We want to provide child care to our clients. I would like it set up almost like a gym daycare. This is something we won't be able to achieve until we have a permanent space.
We want to be able to have Community rooms available for personal Event Rental. We do have some free community spaces, but nothing set up specifically to use for Community fun and enjoyment. We are bringing back the recreation room.
Reaserch and development team
I want to have a board of people in the sector both professional and community members, because as this industry grows, we want to grow with integrity and ethically. It is so important to avoid as much potential abuse of this system as possible.
This will be the team in charge of ethics when expansion happens. They will be able to go to new communities to help get this program up and running in a new area and train the incoming employees and company leaders for the new locations. These teams will be made up of people from an existing community center and the community members in the area we are expanding to.
These are the essential employees that keep things running. Without them, the big things are impossible. People like shoppers, receptionists, marketing, accounting, custodians, web design, social media, etc. These people are beyond valuable and they will know they're appreciated here.
We want to make sure we practice our ideals. When we can afford to start hiring employees, we want to do it right: minimum salary set at the current cost of living for the county we are in, and a maximum salary of 3x the current county cost of living. We want to be able to cover full-cost insurance across the board for our employees, provide with childcare, provide help with transportations, have worthwhile incentives for real attainable goals, sick pay, vacation pay, parental leave, mental health days, accommodations, maximum work weeks of 30 hours, and we are open and willing to take suggestions. Each employee will be able to help us define the roll they have here. Happy people make ethical and compassionate workers.
I'm not completely sure where our business structure will be best suited, but we do want to be a company that embodies the spirit of the non-profit we all believed most of them were. We want to really change lives and affect people and communities in massive positive ways. We want to put as much money as we can into revitalizing lives and people. I think as or right now, I want to build a community business for and by the people.
Once we can achieve our flagship space, we want to copy it all over the country. We want to bring this change in community to our world and find a way to help guide our neighbors and ourselves into a better existence.
Trusted Outreach Team
These will be a group of people who will check up on people we have given resources with to see if they need any additional help. We don't want to leave anyone seeking help, feeling alone or stuck. We want to help guide people. these people will also be a team of local help. I want to get to a place where we can offer nominated community help paid by profits. Things would include snow shoveling, house clean up, yard mowing, grocery delivery, and other 90 minutes or less outreach work. This team helps spread kindness in our community without any sort of request attached to it. We also respect consent and boundaries; if a nominated individual doesn't accept the help, it is not our job to push it upon them.
This team will be the ones compiling all of the local resources and making sure they are easy to understand and find. They will be in charge of making sure the outreach team has the proper resources for each person who comes in for help. I would also love to develop an app for us to use internally to help with organization and efficiency.
I also would like an ease of accessibility team made up of translators, caregivers, and other people to assist when clients need additional help or arrangements when it comes to using our facility and attending classes.
An Intentional Café
We would like to start and in-house Cafe oh, sort of like what you would find at a hospital, except we want it designed a little different. Public space eating is one of the few times people don't generally want to be able to see everyone around them. So I want to take the concept of a cubicle office and turn it into a cafe plan. I want people to be able to sit and feel like they're in their own private little area as they eat with their peers and loved ones. maybe each area will have a color coded light system to get help from your server when and how you need it. We would also love to find a way to do private catered dinners from local restaurants for groups as well.
This one is really important to me. A lot of people are looking for help and resources right now, and while this business gets up and going, I have to charge a price that will help my family get back on its feet. I have to charge a price that will fund all of my big ideas I have to help us all live Better Lives. I really hope to quickly be able to offer a sliding scale or scholarships to people interested and can't afford to participate.
Fun Community Gatherings
We would like to host periodic fun free community events, one idea I have that a lot of people enjoy is the karaoke kind of deal. We are all able to listen to music and sing together just purely for the fun of it. No one being singled out, no one on stage, just a bunch of people singing songs together for fun, not to learn some sort of lesson. We would also love to host other holidays and spread awareness of the beautiful varieties of cultures, communities, and groups in our area.
And much more to come.
I am trying to create and industry and I'm happy to take ideas and suggestions as we grow and as the company gets employees. If you are in anyway interested in partnering for consulting, investing, donations, fundraisers, spaces available, partnership, etc., please feel free to reach out and get a hold of me. I would love to have a meeting with you.
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