Handicap Village dba Opportunity Village

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues:

Location: PO Box 622 1200 N 9th St W Clear Lake IA 50428 USA

Mission: Opportunity Village commits to excellence in service to individuals with disabilities.
Results: People with disabilities have experienced personal growth in their lives. Some have gained employment others now live without any support services.
Target demographics: All age groups of Iowans with permanent disabilities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 600
Programs: Vocational training, job readiness, daily living skill development, social skill development, community involvement.
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Rating: 5 stars  

This facility aids mentally and developmentally handicapped individuals learn skills in self help and to become more functioning in society.

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

Seeing results of training

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Opportunity Village as a volunteer, donor, and served on the Board for 6 years. This is an organization with exceptional leaders dedicated to serving the people recieving services. Dignity, respect, love, and faith are some of the behaviors displayed daily. There is great support by the community, families, staff and generally anyone who comes into contact with Opportunity Village. I am fortunate someone took time to introduce me to this organization as I have personally benefited through the experience.

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

Watching people enjoy their independence.

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

Try to help increase their revenue stream.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have experienced the Village on a volunteer level. I enjoyed the treatment of clients, volunteers and staff. Everyone's pride and humanity are top shelf. I have ridden in the Annual Fundraiser Walk. The Festival of Trees is an Annual Event drawing people nationally to be a part of some beautiful trees, marvelous food and mostly a comraderie that has people coming together for a group of people who could be helpless and isolated. Instead the Opportunity Village helps a population of adults become productive, positive enriching people.

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

Getting to know the clients on a personal basis.

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

I do not feel I know enough to make a comment in this area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Handicap Village DBA Opportunity Village My wife and I have been members of the Famuily and Friends Association of Opportunity Village for almost 30 years. We have been Volunteers and have served on Boards and Committees associated with the Village. We started as our daughter had Down's Syndrome and attended the Village Work Activity cCenter for over 20 years. She died almost 3 years ago and was ginven the opportunity to live her life to the fullest. The staff at the Village are a very dedicated to the Clients they serve but with out Volunteers it would be almost impossible to operate effectively as the costs of salaries would be much higher. The volunteers have the opportunity mingle with the clients and appreciate the various services offered as there are mulitple handicapped that are served at the village and at half-way house where somw of the clients have been able to live on their own with some supervision. The opportunit to serve could be on the Board of Directors, The Village Store, in some of the Cottages or in many othe ways. I strongly recomend taking the opportunit to serve as you will find it to be very gratifying.

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

My Daughter was in the work activity Program for over 20 years

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

The orgination is continually changing based on the various services needed by the Clients

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Rating: 5 stars  

This agency has great and dedicated staff members. They are very committed to the mission of the Village and are not only loyal and capable, but they continue to do more work for their clients and their programs, with less available funding. The Village is an important part of our community and their clients are seen all over town with staff members who accompany them to do shopping and recreational activities. The Village hosts an annual Christmas Tree decorating contest and a Breakfast with Santa that is a huge tradition for the community.... residents flock to this event and look forward to it every year.

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

My volunteer work at this agency gave me experience in getting to know staff members.

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

Make avaialble more funding so they can do more for their clients and staff.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I feel confident that my gifts to Opportunity Village are used wisely and for the good of those dependent on the Village. I receive an immediate acknowledgment of my gift with a handwritten note so I know my gift is appreciated. The newsletters and other mailings help me see how my gift is used and give me confidence in the organization. Seeing how this agency has impacted lives is heartwarming. Not only has the Village changed lives for people with disabilities, it has changed the lives of many who live in North Iowa.

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

I see everyday in our community how people who have disabilities now live happy productive lives. No longer are people kept in institutions suffering from the lack of confidence, training and nurturing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing how well they manage their resources and how they change lives for others. I have great confidence in what they do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm, caring and compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the number of stores it has and provide services in more settings.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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