BROOKINGS – On Friday, November 20th, ADVANCE held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new group home being built on Main Avenue South. The project has been a joint effort between the ADVANCE Foundation and the ADVANCE Board of Directors. Once completed, the new home will provide a residence and supportive services to eight people with disabilities. “This home is going to be something we can all be proud of, and it will serve the clients of ADVANCE for many years to come,” said Brian Ardry, President/CEO of ADVANCE. Pictured are: Brian Ardry, Mark Kratochvil, Les Howard, Jeff Siekmann, Kent Leibel, Allen Lee, Fred Rittershaus, Spencer Hawley, Wayne Avery, James Thvedt, Larry Franklin, Lonnie Kuck, and Donna Langland. The design firm for the project is designArc, and the general contractor is Mills Construction. ADVANCE, a private, non-profit agency, has provided comprehensive services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Brookings community for over 40 years. Their combined programs support 200 people in eastern South Dakota. For more information about their new project, or to make a donation towards its construction, contact Brian Ardry at 605-692-7852.