Throughout the time we have been introducing ETR to the local communities and state agencies, we have received incredible support from everyone we’ve met. They all agree that we are in real need of this type of organization and programming. While we have had the intention for the first ETR to be in the Boulder County area (because of the extreme need there) we found that while everyone loves and supports ETR, the County itself is very difficult. We have heard stories of permits taking 4 years and unwillingness to help address zoning issues. Because of the scope of ETR, we knew that we had to find an area that would have zoning that would allow for all our uses and we were finding challenging obstacles in Boulder but we were pushing on.
We’ve had 3 very reputable people within the county tell us to do ETR anywhere but Boulder. Actually, all three suggested the Firestone, Frederick area (Carbon Valley) but we continued with meetings in the Boulder County until one day….
At the end of August, Michael and I (and my 3 cats) were offered a place to stay and work on ETR for a period of 2 months. For us, 2 months would be plenty of time to make some serious movement with fundraising and all other things ETR related. While we haven’t received any major funding at this time, we spend every single day working on bringing this project to manifestation, knowing that someone (or many) will see the value of our organization and be willing to help us financially. So feeling amazingly blessed by the opportunity, we accepted the offer only to be told 2 weeks later that since we didn’t have our first endowment yet, we would have to move right away.
Michael and I spent 2 days trying to figure out our next move. We don’t have enough income to rent an apartment at this time, not to mention I have 3 cats. Do we go back to New Mexico where we have family and support and let all this energy we have created in the time we’ve been here just die down and tell ourselves we gave it our best shot? We sat at the park, the rug pulled out from under us and prayed for some kind of solution to present itself.
That night, a change in plans led us to being in the right place at the right time. A woman we had met 2 months earlier came to a small fundraising event we were having and offered us, cats included, her home – in Firestone. Two days later we were relocated and given the opportunity to see an area we had not considered before – the Carbon Valley.
This means meetings with the Town of Frederick and Firestone for possible locations for ETR. Trusting we are right where we are supposed to be.