COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tom Oâ€™Neill and Dave Lehman, of Passages, came before the county commissioners Monday thanking them for their continued support to the organization over the years.
Passages mission is â€śto support people with intellectual and/or development disabilities in living, learning, working and socializing in the community through the use of quality practices.â€ť
As Oâ€™Neill handed the board a sheet demonstrating the countyâ€™s support, he told them the funds have been mainly used for transportation related costs, as Passages serves over 100 people annually.
â€śI think the service we provide is exemplary, and the money given has been very important,â€ť said Oâ€™Neill.
Oâ€™Neill said Passages is on course to purchase the rest of the land that was once the site of the Columbia Cityâ€™s old hospital.
After the board asked several questions concerning transportation, Oâ€™Neill replied, â€śTo the best of my knowledge, we are meeting the needs with the best of our ability.â€ť
Lehman said he is proud of the progress the Whitley County Passages has made over the years.
â€śItâ€™s a very different world in providing services, but Whitley County has come so far,â€ť said Lehman.
The commissioners informed Oâ€™Neill and Lehman that Passages is currently budgeted to receive $35,000.
â€śThirty-five thousand is in the budget, but it has not been approved yet,â€ť said Commissioner Don Amber.