Avita Takes Over Opportunity House in Lavonia

October 21, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


In Lavonia, Opportunity House, a program that serves adults with cognitive disabilities, has now officially been taken over by Avita.

The former Opportunity House closed for good in September.

Avita CEO Cindy McGlaughlin said her office was contacted by Opportunity House board members about taking over the program.

“We met with the board of Opportunity House and they decided they were going to dissolve their organization,” Avita CEO Cindy McGlaughlin said. “They contacted us because they needed to donate their physical assets to an organization that deals with physical and mental disabilities.”

McGlaughlin said after coming up to Lavonia, meeting with the board and touring the facility, she recommended Avita take over the program.

Avita serves the 13 county area in Northeast Georgia and offers similar programs in Hartwell, Toccoa, and Carnesville.

McGlaughlin said the Lavonia office will offer a similar program to those in other communities.

“Some of the services will be provided at the new location and they will also go out into the community as well,” McGlaughlin said.

The former Opportunity House building is now being renovated to create office space and to make it more handicapped accessible.

McGlaughlin says they plan to open their Lavonia office next month.

Anyone with questions about getting their loved one enrolled in the Avita program in Lavonia should call the Hartwell office at 706-376-4002.