Dear Cycles for Change community members,
We want to thank you immensely for all the support you’ve showed us throughout the years. Our daily efforts are driven by our mission and rooted in our community. You are the reason we do this work.
In the spirit of honesty, trust, and transparency, we have some serious news to share with you.
Due to our current financial situation, Cycles for Change has been forced to make extremely difficult decisions that will impact how we operate in 2019.
Because of the loss of key funding and weather-related shortfalls in shop revenue, we cannot afford to renew our lease for the St. Paul shop (which will rise to market rate in 2019, effectively doubling our current rent).
We are beyond heartbroken to announce that we will be closing our St. Paul location by December 31, 2018.
We do not take this loss lightly. Cycles for Change has been in the Frogtown/Rondo neighborhood for over ten years, and we do not intend to abandon our neighbors and community members that we’ve built relationships with for over a decade.
Challenges are meant to be overcome. Our goal is to find a new space in St. Paul in which to operate, so that we may still offer Open Shop community space in 2019. And while we have not yet found a new space, we are continually searching for a place we can afford. We deeply care about our St. Paul community and will explore every possible avenue to continue doing this important work here.
Watch for a follow up message tomorrow about how you can support us on Give to the Max Day. Minnesota’s annual day of giving is on Thursday, November 15, 2018.