Decision Matrix for a CHILDREN FIRST Project


                              Demolish St. Francis School                            Save St. Francis School

                               & replace with a smaller one                          use existing building and remodel


costs                currently over $2.25 mil. for                                 can be used as is with minor repairs

                            demolition and building new                             $200,000.- to 500,000.-

                            structure and paving                                          high end remodel figure is 1 million


size                  20,000 sq. ft. though it is a secret                          approx. 30,000 sq. ft.

                          smaller auditorium, no stage                                Auditorium with full stage

                          no gymnasium for the kids                                  Kitchen, Gymnasium and

                          kitchen, less rooms                                               14,000 sq. ft. classrooms


income                              ZERO                                                  $50,000.+ for 2nd floor classrooms,

                                                                                                       they will pay the remodel costs.

                                                                                                       The 1st floor would be ours to use

                                                                                                       or rent out.


net worth                    2 million dollars which is less                            4-5 million dollars as is or

                                  than the cost of the project                            6-8 million fixed up


outreach to                                                                                             MHA offices on 2nd floor (example)

the community                         ZERO                                                    partnerships with Knights of Columbus,

                                                                                                         UM Social work, children's groups


Parish need                       ZERO                                                         Excellent since the building is

                                                                                                           structurally sound and is PAID FOR.


 opportunities       we have existing facilities which                                    for obeying Jesus, "What you do to

                                  already more than fills our needs                              the least of these you do to Me.". We

                                                                                                              could rent out the whole building if we

                                                                                                             wanted, and use property managers

                                                                                                             and use the money for Parish projects,

                                                                                                             like helping the poor and children.

                                                                                                            Worst case, we can rent it to secular group,

                                                                                                             like UM school of Social Work to help the

                                                                                                             poor and disadvantaged.


adherence to                                ZERO                                        Excellent oppurtunity to

the Gospels                                                                                       spread the Gospels and

                                                                                                              HELP THE CHILDREN and POOR.




25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art

an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed:

25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that

I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed: 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to

have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine

own with usury. 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

This would be like boarding up the buildings and waiting for a good plan to come along.

Tearing down the building(s) to rebuild a building that is a fraction of

what we already have is beneath the man who buried his 1 talent.

It is like throwing it away and then asking for a new smaller one.

                  What would Jesus do?

                Do you take the Gospels seriously and try to live them?

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