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A sneak peek at Aspire

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Touring the building, from left, are David Solimine Sr., Solimine Funeral Homes; capital campaign committee member Diane Edgett; Aspire Assistant Program Director Christine Brown; board members Mary Louise Daly and Marianne Britton; Tom Demakes, Old Neighborhood Foods; campaign member Debby Regan and Nick Meninno of Meninno Construction; and Aspire Executive Director Lori Russell.

LYNN — Lori Russell, executive director of Aspire Developmental Services, offered a sneak peek to board members, committee members, and donors of progress inside their new headquarters on Franklin Street. The building will open in September.

When the renovation of the former O’Keefe Alternative School is finished, the nonprofit will have 15,000 square feet of space, triple its home on Johnson Street.

The new building will allow Aspire to provide twice as many play groups for children receiving early intervention services, and space for parent training, according to a previous Item report.

Aspire has been serving children with developmental needs and their families since 1951. Last year, the organization provided services to nearly 2,000 children.

Its mission is to provide early intervention services to children up to age 3. Children served are eligible for a variety of reasons, including Down syndrome, autism, hearing and vision loss, speech and motor delays, and mental health issues.

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