Friends of Noah's Ark:
It has been almost a year since COVID-19 changed everyday life for all of us. Throughout that time, Noah’s Ark has been richly blessed by the prayers and support of our families and alumni. Those prayers and that support sustained our spring 2020 session and our summer planning. The ability to open our doors for the 2020-2021 school year, even in modified form, is thanks in large part to you.
As you know, Noah’s Ark has always made a concerted effort to be transparent in our communications, especially during this public health emergency. The cost of operating this year has had a serious impact on Noah’s Ark, and the Board considered multiple plans to continue offering the same high-quality programming we have provided to our students since 1992. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the same situation as many small businesses across the nation where the cost of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on our financial viability moving forward.
Therefore, it is with great sadness we must announce Noah’s Ark Children’s Center will be closing its doors at the end of the 2020-21 school year. We shouldn't lose sight of the symbolism of Noah's Ark in this context. The Bible illustrates that Noah's Ark was more than just a boat and animals - it was a way to move forward when it felt as though all was lost. Through Noah and the ark, God gave us a beautiful symbol of His faithfulness and commitment to us. It is with faith in His commitment we take solace in the difficult decision to have to close our program.
While we do not know exactly what the future holds for the Noah's Ark program, we are hoping that what looks like an end may be only the beginning of something new. Salem United Methodist Church is committed to serving the families of our community - if not through what we traditionally know our Noah's Ark program to be, then through a new version of it to meet the needs of our community in a post-COVID environment. We thank you for supporting Noah’s Ark with your enrollment and prayers and will always hold you all close to our hearts.
With our most sincere thanks,
The Noah's Ark Board of Directors
Rev. Dr. Stacey Nickerson, Carla Frisch, Judy Jones, Tara Kully, and Millie Wagaman