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December 27, 2010

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December 27, 2010

Opportunity Village has been providing services to our special needs son and daughter for the past 5 years. The day that we moved the kids to an apartment was one of the hardest of our lives. I knew we had found the perfect Supported Community Living (SLC) staff supervisor - Ann Hoefer - when she shed as many tears as I did. "Angel Ann" (as we call her!) and her staff go above and beyond to support our kids. Opportunity Village has made living life as independent as possible for special needs kids because they truly care about each person that they work with. We have been blessed to have them as part of our "family"!

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the way that our children have grown and blossomed under the caring supervision of Opportunity Village! Their lives are better today because of the opportunities that the village provides for special needs persons!

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continue to advocate for affordable and accessible transportation within the community for the clients served 7 days of the week.

December 22, 2010

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December 22, 2010

My brother has lived at the Village for along time.The staff are wonderful people.He considers this his home.He has a job,friends and very caring staff.There is no better place to call home for him than the Village.

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My brother has lived there for along time.

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keep it the way it is now.

November 18, 2010

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November 18, 2010

This is an amazing place that began with a Christ-driven vision to provide a place for people with handicaps to recieve care with dignity and compassion. Opp Village serves "the least of these" as Jesus commanded us to do and does so with excellence in every way! With many personal ties to Opp Vill, I had the opportunity to work there over a summer in college and still maintain relationships with some of the clients there. What a wonderful place that has been a blessing to me and continues to be to so many others! I am now honored to support them!

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watching the clients achieve goals and grow in independence

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

Allow them to expand and grow--to provide services to all those in need!

November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010

I have worked with Opportunity Village on a few video projects and used their client services on several projects. The video projects were designed to capture what a typical day is like for clients that could be posted on the web and viewed by parents, potential residents, and others. Working with the staff of OP was wonderful and videotaping the residents was a heart-warming experience. Although a little "skeptical" at first, most warmed up to the camera and a few even became "Movie Stars"! The care and giving the staff provides is truely amazing. We have also used the Client Services for assembly of projects including an RV Safety Training packet. At first I was skeptical because even missing one manual from the kit would create a lengthy correspondence as well as shipping missing components and could jeapordize the project. After assembling over 3,000 kits, not one manual was missed! We have used them for several other projects and all have been performed professionally and exact to the task. Opportunity Village is staffed with not only the best professionals this industry could obtain, but also the best members of a community as they become part of activities and events throughout the course of the year. They are an embedded part of what makes this a great community. Thanks to the entire staff!

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Video Production and Client Services

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November 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

As a volunteer, supporter, donor, V. President and President of Family and Family Association I praise everyone that is involved with Opportunigy Villiage. Our son has been there 15 years and to him it is the perfect home. The staff treat each client as if they have no disability.

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many ways

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I feel this organization number one and cannot think of any changes to make

November 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

When I was growing up there was a Widow who lived next door to to us who had a son with mental illness. During the summer months she would put him outside on a chair and he would do nothing but twist and turn a little belt he held in his hands. I had to baby sit (or adult sit as he was a young man) and even in the house he would do very little but twist that belt. As time passed, the Mother could not care for Willard any longer and she placed him at Opportunity Village. I did not see him for a couple of years and then one day, when I was at the Village on business, I saw Willard and could not believe the transformation. The man who could do nothing but twist that belt was helping in the Kitchen. After that it seemed like everytime I saw him he was doing more and seemed so proud. This man now had a real life. I do not believe you can ask more of an organization than that. They are miracle workers.

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see above

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It is hard to make suggestions as they are experts in this area and things certainly seem to be working positivly

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

After the death of our parents my sister Sandra moved to Opportunity Village in 2003. Opportunity Village has given Sandra a new life plus a new home. They provide so much for her for example Swimming, baseball games, boat rides, fairs, bowling, movies, learned to play bells. I am so proud of her and Opportunity Village has given this all to her. The staff and other clients are like family to her.

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I experienced what a great organization Opportunity Village is and they have a great staff that have a lot of respect for the clients.

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Build more cottages on campus.

October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

Opportunity Village is such an AMAZING place with AMAZING people!!!:) My sister, Mary, moved into Opportunity Village in the Fall of 1985; during which I went off to college too. It was called "Handicap Village" then, but Mary called it "Handicap College", because that is where you go when you finish high school, she is just adorable:) Everyone was going through adjustments, but Opportunity Village so eased the transition for Mary and our family. She has an extraordinary life there. It is so much better than if she would have stayed home with my parents or even with one of her siblings, because she has her own life and is given experiences that she would have missed other wise. I know it makes my mom sad at times when Mary says she is ready to go home, but I know it gives all of us peace knowing that Mary has this spectacular home with such an incredible family that loves her at Opportunity Village. Our family feels so blessed by Opportunity Village.

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family member

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none at this time

October 26, 2010

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October 26, 2010

Opportunity Village is what we've searched for in every state we've resided in throughout my daughter's life. Since the day she was diagnosed we knew we had to find a place that would provide her with caring, dignity and purpose in her adult years. It's been a 20 year search. From California, Illinois, Florida, New York, to Iowa we have searched for this place. Now in a tiny community in the northern part of Iowa we found Opportunity Village. My daughter attends daily and paticipates in the varioius employment areas, craft areas, volunteer opportunities, and social networking the Village offers her. Her life is full of laughter, friends, and most importantly opportunity. We have watched as this organization continues to support large numbers of disabled people throughout the community with constant budget cuts from state and federal funding. They actively search for revenue streams while continuing to organize fund raisers and community outreach to supplement the shrinking dollars. The Village is dedicated to the services it provides each and every client. While implementing cost saving measures their remaining goal is it to continue to serve their clients at the same level of care they are known for throughout the surrounding communities. While continuing to battle the budget crunches it remains a haven of kindness, caring, and a belief in every person's ability to contribute. Our child has found her place in a community of friends who have her best interests at heart. Opportunity Village continues their service to disabled individuals with "privacy, dignity, and purpose" and most importantly with caring.

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I have come to know many of the Village's clients through my daughter's association with Opportunity Village. I have seen first hand what a wonderful organization they are and the difference they make in the lives of people with disabilities.

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I would continue to try to find additional funding sources in order that the Village could carry on their very important mission. The need is great and the services they provide are crucial for so many individuals. Hopefully Opportunity Village can expand their services beyond the current range of care.

October 26, 2010

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October 26, 2010

My daughter has been a client at Opportunity Village for going on eight years. Lauren has a condition called San Felipo Syndrome. Mental retardation and increased loss of physical abilities. The staff at Opportunity Village treat her with love, dignity, respect and honor. Annual reviews are followed up on throughout the year to be certain the objectives and goals are being accomplished as well as communicated to any new members of the care team. Physical therapy along with community experiences keep her active and alert. We are very thankful to have such a wonderful facility and group of heros to see her through the challenges she faces daily.

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seeing the smiles on clients faces and watching the personal accomplishments that would not have happened without help from Opportunity Village employees.

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

make it bigger so to serve more.

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