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Shining Star Family Center thrives after burglary

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Stephanie Kinkead is busy, working more than 60 hours per week to keep Shining Star Family Center running.

But if you ask her, Kinkead said she's happy just to be at this point.

"Standing here now, it's like I can take a sigh of relief," she said.

Last October, only one week before opening, Kinkead and co-owner Lauren Villebrun had their startup money stolen from a lockbox in the center.

In all $2,800 was taken.

"When you first start and that happens to you, you have this fear kind of rise up in you and you think can we make it?" Kinkead said. "Now almost a year out we see that it really happened."

The center's growth was slow at first, but word of mouth quickly spread.

Now it features more than a dozen classes for both kids and adults with most of them costing only five dollars.

It's motivated parents like Ryan Michalski to not only bring their kids, like her 14 month old son Jonathan, but to also take the time to volunteer.

"They've just offered tons of stuff and I want to see this succeed," Michalski said. "That's why I volunteer and that's why I have my children enrolled in the different programs."

Programs Kinkead said are continuing to grow.

However, she won't forget how Shining Star Family Center got to this point.

"A lot of our personal money went into it. A lot of donations from friends and family helped out and lots of encouragement saying you can do this," she said.

The type of encouragement she believes will only continue to help her business.

You can see a list of events by visiting Shining Star's Facebook page.

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