To the editor:
As I heard the news today of the vote that happened over the weekend at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church to close Kids Connection Daycare, tears came to my eyes.
My daughter has been attending there for 1½ years and has loved every day. I have always thought how awesome it was that the church had a ministry that reached children every day, not just at midweek and Sunday mornings — that they were meeting a community need by using a facility that would sit empty a majority of the time.
We all know that day-cares are not a money-making business, but I thought that with the “help” the church provided with overhead, Hillsboro could have a quality day-care that was affordable. I now have the distinct feeling that money is more important than the ministry. I don’t know the details, but I am pretty sure that if we all had access to the budget we’d find that Kids Connection is running within their budget.
If closing the day-care is a money thing then questions should be asked. Have they reached out to other area churches for additional help? Or maybe there are community foundation funds that can assist with this very important need. There is a need in Hillsboro for day-care and for a preschool — you can see it in the full classrooms of happy children.
I am very disappointed in those who voted against my child having a great day-care to attend close to where I work. I am disappointed in those who voted to do the same for so many other families.
Jeff and Tina Boese