BIG MONEY: Passages receives $75k from Dekko

COLUMBIA CITY ­— Passages, Inc. was recently notified that it is the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Dekko Foundation. For more than half a century, Passages has been dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities or other challenges thrive in the community at work, at home and at play. The grant from Dekko will go toward the Passages’ capital campaign. The funds from the capital campaign will be used to remodel the former Lehmberg Medical Office Building, now known as the Passages’ Creative Learning Center. The Creative Learning Center will enhance the programs and services offered by Passages, as well as expand the outreach from Passages to individuals with a disability and their families.Passages purchased Lehmberg from Parkview Health in March, 2011. In announcing the grant, Sharon Smith, Dekko Foundation Program Director, said, “Each investment made by the Dekko Foundation is made with the goal of helping people develop their independence and economic freedom. Passages’ work has always been about extending the vision of economic freedom to include people with disabilities. Now, with the programming in the Creative Learning Center, families will be supported even more so as they plan for the life and work of their loved one with a disability.”Passages is committed to community based services and works individually with each client, enhancing their opportunities to live a life of their choosing.For further information, contact Tom O’Neill at 244-9310, or visit