Grant to improve conditions at Lillie Rice Center

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WALLA WALLA -- A grant from the Don and Virginia Sherwood Trust is going to give disabled employees a better working environment.

The Lillie Rice Center received $78,000 to transform an unused annex into space for employee-clients to fulfill orders for area businesses, said Chris Daudt, executive director.

The Lillie Rice Center offers a number of adult employment services and it's an area that's grown in recent years, facilitating a need for expansion, she said.

The center employs about 40 disabled adults to fulfill local service contracts at the Isaacs Avenue address.

The building slated for renovation had been used for storage and lacked heating, cooling, insulation and rest rooms. The grant should cover those fixes, Daudt said.

"And we hope to make more improvements as time goes on," she said.

Providing the Lillie Rice clients with professional and adequate working space is a top priority.

"We'll start the work right away," Daudt said.

An open house is planned for later this year.

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