Advo on its feet again

by Larry Lemmons
Newschannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - On Thursday Advo is unveiling the plans for its new facility at its annual Christmas party.

Things are looking up for Advo, a nonprofit organization that provides services for adults with developmental disabilities.

Brandon Bradley gives the weathercast, "Clear Skies tonight. Tomorrow, mostly cloudy and colder tomorrow."

He's an Advo client. He loves to watch Doppler Dave and be a Chief Meteorologist.  Bradley is one of 74 clients served by Advo, who unveiled the floor plans of their new facility.

Advo Director, Carla Hughes says, "Everybody says with every tragedy comes a silver lining. Well, this is our silver lining."

A charred building remains of the old Advo building on 10th. Two years ago it was destroyed by fire.  Hughes says afterward she only thought, "Just, Lord, give me strength and give me faith and help us to not give up."

The new facility will be built on South Washington, a new home for the clients and more than 90 employees.  Hughes says, "The last two years have been very hard. We fought very hard with the insurance company. We finally have made many strides with them."

The families appreciate the service.  Irene Zaricore, whose sister is a client says, "I can't say anything but good about them.

And so does the entertainer of the evening, Ed Montana, "We should do good for our fellow man everyday."

Bradley says, I wish everybody out there in the Texas Panhandle, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

The Coors Cowboy Club was serving brisket to the group.  Carla Hughes says she hopes groundbreaking can begin in February on the new site at south Washington.