A Miracle in Progress

United Day Nursery
Flood of 1997


Chapter Six


A Miracle in Progress

The Spectrum
Rebuilding the Spectrum, April 1998

United Day Nursery Director Suzie Thorson writes...

We have a poster that says "A miracle in progress - United Day Nursery" and that is exactly what it is. God was with us every step of the way giving us strength to continue day after day and guidance so that we walked the right path. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that without Him, we would not be moving into our newly reconstructed area on June 22nd. United Day Nursery is now better than it has ever been!

In July, 1997, we received permission from the United Lutheran Church Council to draw up plans for our new kitchen and lunchroom, to be located in the former Tiki Room in the basement. The kitchen was important to our recovery because of the cost of having lunches catered. We started planning even though United Lutheran was still discussing relocation, and we did not know if we would actually be able to build the kitchen.

In September, the United Lutheran congregation voted overwhelmingly to remain at their current location. This made it possible for us to move forward on reconstruction. We started planning for the new Spectrum classroom. We advertised for bids on the kitchen and lunchroom in October, but received none. This was very discouraging. Our architect put the kitchen out for bids again, and this time we received two bids, both much higher than expected. But we needed the kitchen, so we accepted the lower of the two bids. Construction of the kitchen and lunchroom started in November, and was completed in March, 1998. We began using the new kitchen March 30th.

In December, 1997, we received permission from the church council to begin construction on the Spectrum. Construction began in January, and was completed in June 1998. The children returned to the rebuilt Spectrum on June 22, 1998. The total cost of reconstruction was over $320,000. Thank you to everyone who helped.

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The Spectrum
The Spectrum after cleaning
Kitchen
This room would become our new kitchen and lunchroom


What are your thoughts now regarding getting back to normal? Are we going to make it?

United Day Nursery staff members write...

New Kitchen
Building our new kitchen, December 1997
New Lunchroom
Building the new lunchroom, December 1997
New Kitchen
Our new kitchen was completed in March 1998
New Lunchroom
Our new lunchroom was completed in March 1998

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