Opening This Fall

We are eager to get the Hilltop Children’s House going, by opening THIS FALL! Last evening Noëlle and I sat down after dinner and established a schedule for the first year of operation (first day of sessions will be Monday, October 1) and what is needed to get it open. Noëlle, already fully trained in the Catechesis…

Join us for “Dinner for Six Friends”

Join us for a fun evening on Sunday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. (dinner at 7:00) to learn more about how Montessori programs can help kids, especially kids who live in difficult circumstances, and how you can help make it happen! Children can flourish when they are given the opportunity to, and that opportunity comes…

Architect Visit

Architect Visit!

Our architect, Ronald Cornell Faniro, of Faniro Architects out of Youngstown, came by with Tom’s dad, Paul, of Crowe’s Cabinets, to measure the space and begin the process of turning this venerable space into the Hilltop Children’s House. Lots of work will need to be done. We’re excited about the prospects and the plans we’re working…

panorama of main space from door

Interior pics… “Before,” if you will.

A few pictures of the interior.  It’s an interesting space, but we think it will work well for our purposes with just a few minor modifications and upgrades. We’re working on plans and needs with a contractor and an architect, but if you’re inspired to support us fundraising at this date you can give here. We’ve…

Ohio Valley Title folder and key

We have a building!

Winter just refuses to let go of us as spring begins, but here’s a reason for happy thoughts about new beginnings: Noëlle and I went downtown today and closed on the building! THANK YOU to all of the incredibly generous people who made this day possible! Next up: work with contractors and architects to come…

Money for the Purchase Secured!

We did it! After just a month of fundraising we have the money to buy the building! Our closing date is set for next Tuesday, March 20, and we cannot wait to move on to the renovation phase. Special thanks to our matching gift donors who helped spur along some of the giving, to those…

Conditional Use Approved!

In order to use the building for the purpose we intend we needed to ask the city Planning and Zoning Commission to grant us a conditional use permit. It’s zoned “R2,” which is residential, with certain non-residential uses allowed including a church or a charitable and social use. We fit into that category. At tonight’s…

In the Herald Star

Paul Giannamore of the Herald Star covers the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings. After the meeting on Monday he popped over to ask Noëlle and me a few questions.  With the quibble that what we’re doing isn’t a school, the article is pretty good. A Montessori school for as many as 25 children ages 3-6…

The Front of the Building

1300 Maryland Avenue: The Exterior

It’s a snowy day here in Steubenville but with the Conditional Use Application accepted I figured now is a good time to post some pictures of the exterior of the building we’re pursuing. I’ll have to contact the realtor to get back inside to take those pictures. The building will require a bit of work:…