Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care Opportunity, Inc.

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 203 Cloverdale Boulevard Fort Walton Beach FL 32547 USA

Mission: Our organization is pivotal in assisting homeless persons in becoming both sheltered and self-sufficient.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Opportunity Inc. is dedicated to serving those in need in our area. Those in the community feel comfortable referring anyone to the organization for a variety of needs and they work hard to ensure the needs are met. They work closely with all the other agencies and churches in the community to coordinate services and provide resources to both clients and partners.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am very thankful for this organization, where we can donate to help People who are down on their luck..I know how hard they work to give these people a hand-up to get on their feet...Anyone of us could be in the same place , I have visit this organization and found how hard they work& how pleasant they are..

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

in 2010 i was a young single mother at my wits end.I applied for assistance and was working really hard to get it.I was about to be homeless when one day at Jobs Plus i met with a lady named dianne from this organization.From that day on i had hope.I knew i was not alone,I no longer felt ashamed for asking for help.I am proud to say this organization helped me with deposit on a home and water and i completed my G.E.D.I will tell you this though for Christmas she helped me make my children smile and that was a gift from God.I know have a job and work and still live in the home i was abe to get and I look back at my lowest time and know I was given an oppertunity by God to meet wonderful people. I saw how much these homeless and giving organizations mean to our community.Without these organizations some of us would never have the chance to rise to our potentials.I am where I am at with the help of the homeless and Oppertunity Inc. Thank You to all the wonderful people that work with these organizations to make our communities better.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

This is a wonderful organization, made up of caring people from a variety of disciplines and specialties. There are varied views and perspectives all working toward a common goal of reducing homelessness one person or family at a time. The stories of the many successes are wonderful but the overwhelming need is what drives this group to give and work sacrificially to impact people's lives. I am thankful that we have such a group in our community and encourage the reader to get involved, however you can. Make a difference!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Participation in various help efforts. Seeing where the rubber meets the road.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

better funding and increased awareness

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 4 stars  

I joined the Okaloosa/Walton Continuum of Care for the Homeless over 2 years ago as a result of my desire to implement a soup kitchen in our church. Because of their tremendous support and guidance our church, Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, is now up and running at full speed with the lastest number of meals served being 108. I have been so impressed by the leadership and organizations included in the Continuum. So much so that I agreed to join the board over one year ago and thus have become more and more involved in their successful efforts to aid families and veterans that have been sorely impacted by our declining economy. It is an organization that helps those in trouble, but more importantly helps them to become self-sufficient and productive members of society. I think the single most important accomplishment is the establishment of a 10 unit transitional housing complex for struggling families with children. The success rate has been phenomenal and the many families that have benefitted from this endeavor are forever grateful. I am proud to be a part of such a fabulous organization. Sincerely, Ann Wallace

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I had a dream of implementing a soup kitchen and I've seen that dream come true. I have experienced a wonderful feeling of success and support from all of our congregation. Because of this ministry our congregation has been exposed and responded to the needs of our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would use every available resource to publicize this organization and the good that it does.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

A church.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

As a board member and local business owner, I have seen first hand the impact that Opportunity Inc. is having on Okaloosa/Walton County in helping our community get and keep themselves on their feet. There are stories each and every day that I see that inspire me to keep opening my eyes to all of the opportunites we all have to give back to our communities.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

As a social worker in the community, Opportunity Inc. has been a resource for homeless families and those individiduals and families at risk of being homeless. Opportunity Inc. goes above and beyond to help needy families in the community as well as other non-profits.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my role as homeless liaison for walton county.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

homeless shelter in walton county - funding needed for that.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It started a revolution in okaloosa and walton county florida on the problem of finding solutions for the problems faced by the homeless and at risk.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with the Okaloosa/Walton Counties Continuum of Care for a couple of years. I have watched it grow into a strong force in our community helping the homeless and those on the verge of becoming homeless. With a very small paid staff, they have opened a shelter for women and families, supported the churches opening as cold night shelters for the homeless, magaged the Homeless Prevention/Rapid Rehousing program, and the current program for assisting homeless women veterans with housing and employment. They are always on the front lines of making the public aware of the plight of those in need, especially children. It's an amazing group and I'm grateful to be a small part.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Opportunity, Inc. is an exceptional program. The social workers and members of this organization truly care about the people they are helping. They have made it a personal goal to help get people back on their feet and into their own home. I know several of the social workers personally, and they continually impress me with their empathy and passion to create a better world. Long days and nights are spent negotiating with landlords, and employers in the hopes of getting homeless families into a home. This program empowers the homeless to lead better lives by giving them hope that they will have a place to sleep and live.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Friends of family members who were able to find a better living situation after being helped by Opportunity, Inc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their budget and encourage them to pay their social workers (and give them health benefits!) more for their long hours and hard work. It would also be wonderful if they had a 'pay it forward' program where people who have been helped by Opportunity, Inc, would return the favor by volunteering their time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Family

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

As an elected official, I hold a seat on the Board of Directors. I've been aware of the Continuum of Care almost since its inception and have been amazed at the level of engagement the organization has had. In a county with multiple service providers, duplication of effort, and struggles to gain support and awareness the Continuum organization has made a tremendous difference. Service providers meet monthly to strategically plan, share information, discuss and pursue grants, plan fundraising activities, and efficiently meet the needs of homeless in our communities. Without the Continuum, there would be large chasms, not merely gaps in the services provided for the homeless population. Our commitment to meeting the needs is stronger and more focused as a result.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Those who have benefitted from the efforts of the Continuum and associated service providers frequently "give back" once they are no longer homeless and jobless. Most recently, the young daughter of a woman who was assisted with job skills, employment, and ultimately housing reached back to hold a yard sale to contribute half of the proceeds to the organization. That alone is a testament to the effect the Continuum has on the often overlooked homeless community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase public awareness of its existence and increase the ability of the Continuum to "tell the story."

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