While the the renovation greatly improves the appearance of the facility on Cherry Street, the most significant changes improve the safety of the people who use the building, increase energy efficiency, and have provided much-needed work space.
Executive Director Mike Slattery said that the project was necessary to bring the building into compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Funding for the renovation was provided by a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant and a loan from the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development Slattery expresses appreciation to Fine Line Architecture of Vermillion, Premier Engineering of Parker, and Welfl Construction Corporation of Yankton for the outstanding results of the renovation.
"We are now in great shape to support people with disabilities for another 30 years," he said.
SESDAC is also busy preparing for its annual benefit auction. This annual fund-raising event makes possible projects that would not otherwise be funded; such as participation in Special Olympics, other excursion opportunities, and extra enhancements to living facilities.
"The Vermillion community has been a wonderful partner in supporting SESDAC and the people it serves for more than 30 years," said SESDAC Board President DeAnn Syzmonski.
The fund-raising event is a fun and effective way to continue that tradition of community involvement.
This year's auction will be a "Roaring Twenties Gala" at the Buffalo Run Winery on March 25. The silent auction and social hour begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction. More than 260 items have been donated by Vermillion businesses and individuals, ranging in value from $10 to $1,500.
Tickets for the event are $25 each. Contact SESDAC, Inc at 624-4419 for more information.