One day at a time.
Two weeks ago, I was in Colorado for certification in a curriculum called Journal to the Self® (which I am bringing to Leaven April 27-29).
A Leaven fan and friend I visited in Colorado Springs asked for news of how things are proceeding here, both with the sale of the properties and with making ends meet in the meanwhile.
“It sounds like you are moving forward, one day at a time,” Constance observed. “One donation at a time, one bill at a time, one rental at a time … why not one program at a time?”
Why not indeed?
These e-newsletters have kept you apprised of what is happening at The Leaven Center. You know by now that:
- We suspended long-range rentals and programs January 31, because in the event of a sale we would likely have to be out of either property in 30 days. The board and I did not want anyone’s rental or programmatic plans upheaved in this way.
- We continue to incur bills associated with the properties and with running the organization: from mortgage payments and utilities to payments on existing debt.
- Until the Lodge and Farmhouse are sold, we cannot officially lay Leaven down — that is, file the paperwork to dissolve the 501(c)3 known as Leaven, Inc. And until that happens, the organization is not closed.
This is why we continue to appeal for your donations and for your Carry the Dream pledges to be honored. This is why we continue to offer the Lodge for rental, albeit in the shorter term.
And this is why we have decided, in addition, to offer limited programming until the Lodge is sold. Simply put, we cannot afford to run out of money.
It turns out that, while we are doing our best to close Leaven with integrity, ensuring that every obligation is paid, the bank is concerned about their mortgages to us and only those loans. While our mortgage payments are current, our friendly banker is hovering, ready and willing to take back both properties if we miss making a timely payment. I still assure him when he calls to “check in” every month: not on my watch.
I continue to be hopeful. I continue to believe that the Leaven “community of caretakers of this space and everything that has happened in it,” as Sarah Cleaver calls us in her piece on this blog, will support and sustain this organization until we have buyers for the properties and we are ready and able to lay Leaven down. But again, we cannot afford to run out of money before that happens.
- Beginning this month, Leaven will once again offer (limited) programming. Because the Lodge remains on the market, scheduling of workshops and events must be sooner rather than later, so that we can be out within 30-45 days after closing if we need to. Some programs will be a full weekend, others will be a single day or part of one. Please visit the Leaven webite for additions (the site will be updated soon), and sign up for our programs!
- Please continue to be as generous as you can with your donations. One gift at a time keeps us afloat until we find the right buyers for the Lodge and Farmhouse.
- Consider renting the Lodge this spring. It’s beautiful here and we still have 17 beds available! If you want to come out for a night or two by yourself or with a friend or two to keep you company, please be in touch!
- Be sure to keep letting your friends, family, colleagues, and networks know about the availability of The Leaven Center properties — for rent or for sale.
- Mementos of Leaven are still available: pottery, books, artwork, books, art supplies, etc. Contact me for more information.
- Keep Leaven in your thoughts and prayers (if that is your practice). We owe it to this organization and this community — with its nearly 25-year history — to be about justice and integrity even in our closing down.
In peace, hope and joy,
Leaven Executive Director