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OPPORTUNITY: New ‘milestone’ for Passages unveiled

September 27, 2013

Pictured, from left, are Whitley Crossings board member Kevin Snell; Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel; Passages, Inc. CEO Tom O’Neill; Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Brown; Creative Learning Center Task Force members Kay Fleck and John Lefever; Passages, Inc. client and board member Jon Morris; Whitley County Consolidated Schools board member Bill Tucker; County Commissioner George Schrumpf and Ind. Rep. Kathy Heuer. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — A new educational opportunity officially opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday night.

Passages, Inc. purchased the former Lehmberg Medical Office Building, located on North Oak Street in Columbia City, and remodeled it to serve as its new Creative Learning Center.

A capital campaign raised more than $700,000 to renovate the building so it could offer more day programming and a richer learning environment.

“With the move to the Creative Learning Center, we are able to offer enhanced programming for the men and women we serve,” said Robin Wright, who serves on the board of directors. “As we developed programming, we listened to some very important people — the consumers who are part of our day programming.”

Expanding its services to offer education in a way that meets the needs of Passages, Inc.’s clients is more than simply teaching a skillset. The center will open up possibilities for its clientele.

“While various skill and learning opportunities will be offered, the weave throughout the programming at the center is independence and socialization,” Wright said. “We realize independence and socialization is individual and may mean something different for each person we serve.”

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