Handicap Village dba Opportunity Village

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

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.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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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.

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Getting to know the clients on a personal basis.

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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

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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.

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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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