WOOD RIVER — Wood River Vision 20/20 and Stick Creek Kids Child Development Center announced Wednesday that they will be purchasing the former Good Samaritan Society-Wood River building.

Good Samaritan Society has agreed to the reduced market rate of $100,000 on the building with a $1.4 million tax-assessed value.

“While closing Good Samaritan Society–Wood River was a difficult decision, we are excited and grateful that the building will continue to serve the community in such an important way,” Good Samaritan Society Regional Vice President Nate Schema said. “We’re looking forward to seeing how Stick Creek Kids uses the space for its own mission.”

“We were all disheartened to hear the news that Good Samaritan Society–Wood River was closing and there was nothing we could do to change their mind. Once that was known, we did consider that this may be a good fit for our project,” Sara Arnett of Stick Creek Kids explained. “There were several moving pieces and we’re fortunate that things fell into place on this transaction. We look forward to closing on July 12 and to begin working on plans for remodeling.”

Chelsie Doane, also of Stick Creek Kids, added, “We’re very appreciative of Good Samaritan’s support of our vision to keep Wood River growing while helping families find reliable, quality early childhood education for their children. Because this property is considerably larger than our original plans, we’re excited to be looking into possible partnerships that would be a good fit for the community.”

The Stick Creek Kids Child Development Center project is driven by Wood River Vision in response to a critical shortage of child care in Central Nebraska. The Stick Creek Kids capital campaign currently stands at roughly $1.4 million with a goal of nearly $2 million to remodel and furnish the new non-profit child care center to serve children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Any excess funds will be held in a fund to help provide long-term financial sustainability and provide scholarships for low income children to attend the center.

To make a financial contribution, contact Sara Arnett at (308) 380-7030 or find the project on Facebook at Stick Creek Kids.

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