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On Sunday June 25, Avenues to Independence held an open house to show the recent renovations and officially dedicate the Okazaki Family House, home to 5 Avenues residents, and located in Park Ridge.  The Okazaki Family House was named so to honor Executive Director Bob Okazaki who has been involved with Avenues for nearly 40 years.

The residents of the home welcomed more than 50 guests to see the new renovations.  Avenues acquired the home in 2015 through a gift/purchase arrangement involving one of the residents’ family members and long-time Avenues benefactor, Clarence Herbst, originally of Park Ridge. With additional support from Clarence Herbst, and help from Architect Al Musetti and Mark Elliot Builders, Avenues was able to make the home more accessible for the residents.

Avenues Board chair Peg O’Herron introduced Bob Okazaki and his family and praised them for their contributions to Avenues for nearly four decades.  Clarence Herbst spoke highly of Bob, mentioning that “Bob is Avenues”.  Floyd Kortenhof, Residential Director of Avenues, then blessed the home as the plaque honoring the Okazaki family was unveiled.  Please click here to view a video of the dedication 

Neighbors and friends of Avenues enjoyed refreshments, chatting with program participants and touring the renovated home.  The home will be a model and inspiration for future residential facilities for its accessible design.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

To view  more photos in the media gallery please click here

To view the video presentation please click here 

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