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‘SOUNDS OF PROGRESS': Passages to move into renovated building

July 1, 2013

Tim Hearld, of Synergid Commercial, examines floor plans with Passages, Inc. President and CEO Tom O’Neill (right). Post & Mail photo / Brett Myers

COLUMBIA CITY — Work is advancing for Passages, Inc. as it prepares to move into the former Lehmberg Building in Columbia City.

“It’s the sound of progress,” said Tim Hearld, president of Synergid Commercial, the general contractor of the project.

He was referring to work in the building, which has been going on for some time and is picking up as Passages, Inc. nears its targeted move-in date — the first week of September.

Passages Creative Learning Center will be the name of the building once the nonprofit occupies the space.

Passages, Inc. President and CEO Tom O’Neill said the new building will represent the next natural step for the nonprofit in its service to those within the community with intellectual disabilities.

“Our real thrust will be socialization,” O’Neill said. “The biggest challenge for the people we serve is getting them ready for life in the community. It’s kind of a do-or-die thing as far as volunteering, work, friendships, relationships and religious services.”

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