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Finish Line

Finish Line

The bussiness is connected with Mariapolis Luminosa, the little town of the Focolare for North America located in Hide Park, New York - USA

1991. JoAnn e Tom sono arrivati a Hyde Park, non lontano da New York, dall'Arizona, Joan da Chicago. Condividono amore ed esperienza nell'ambito formativo, e desiderano giocarsi tutto per far parte dell'affascinante progetto di EdC.

At the time, the local economy was depressed as the largest businesses in the area were cutting their staff and closing facilities. But these 3 educators decided to pool their talents and interests to start a very special educational support center, "Finish Line".

Joan had strong executive experience in a highly successful computer leasing business as well as teaching experience at the university level. Tom had been a teacher for 20 years and wanted to continue teaching while JoAnn had administrative experience in schools.

Their objective was to meet the educational needs of students that the public schools cannot meet adequately due to budget cuts, reduction of personnel, and increasingly large classes.
They purchased a building that was to house the classrooms and nothing more. With the support of friends and neighbors, they begin to set up the rooms in which to welcome the students.
Later, they receive a gift of desks, chairs, and office material while a press agency helped by promoting their initiative.

"Finish Line" opened May 1, 1992. Despite the economic downturn in the area, in a few years "Finish Line" was already in the black. It schedules more than 4000 educational hours a year and provides steady employment for 13 other teachers.

For several years, they have been able to contribute 20,000 dollars to the EoC but Joan still cannot forget the joy of writing the very modest first check shared with the EoC project. She had written many checks for hundreds of thousands of dollars in her previous job but in that small first check she found the answer to what she had always looked for, that is, the certainty that the economy is not for producing riches. 

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